Furniture Making Pathways

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the manufacture of free-standing furniture or built-in cabinets, and provide on-site assistance in the installation of furniture or cabinets involving known routines and procedures and some accountability for the quality of outcomes. It reflects vocational outcomes for those performing assistant cabinet maker, assistant installer of built-in cabinets, and production operator within a cabinet making enterprise. Cabinets include free-standing and built-in furniture or fitted cabinets, such as those used in kitchens and bathrooms. Skills are also included that cover assisting in the installation or renovation of kitchens and bathrooms and other fitted cabinets, which involves collaboration with others through members of a group or team. This qualification does not cover shopfitting.


MSF20516 – Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways

Course Duration/Hours

Furniture Making Pathways is a 180 hours course in one year, either Preliminary or HSC.

HSC Information

This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Work Placement

While NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) does not require students to complete mandatory work placement, Sydney Catholic Schools RTO recommends a minimum of 35 hours be undertaken by all students enrolled in the Furniture Making Pathways course.

COVID-19 Vaccination is required to work in the Construction Industry. Students need to meet NSW Health Orders vaccination requirements to undertake work placement.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for MSF20516 – Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways you must successfully complete 12 units: 5 core, 7 electives. The NESA course requires 180hrs, so an additional unit is included in the course:

Preliminary or HSC

  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (necessary to undertake work placement in the building and construction industry)
  • MSMPCI103 Demonstrate care and apply safe practices at work (Core)
  • MSFFP2002 Develop a career plan for the furnishing industry (Core)
  • MSFFP2006 Make simple timber joints
  • MSFFP2003 Prepare surfaces
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (Core)
  • MSFFP2001 Undertake a basic furniture making project (Core)
  • MSFFP2004 Apply domestic surface coatings
  • MSFFM2002 Assemble furnishing components
  • MSFFP2009 Identify materials suitable for kitchen and bathroom construction
  • MSMSUP106 Work in a team
  • MSFFM2003 Select and apply hardware
  • MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations (Core)
Further Study

Apprenticeship, for example in:

  • Cabinet Making
  • Furniture Making
  • Relevant competitive manufacturing qualifications.
Career Information

Job Roles

Employees work in a production environment in the manufacture of free- standing furniture or built-in cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. Job roles include assistant cabinet maker, assistant installer of built-in cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms and other fitted cabinets, and production operator within a cabinet making enterprise

Duties and Tasks

  • Cabinetmakers may perform the following tasks:
  • Communicate with clients to determine specific job requirements
  • Match furnishing styles and materials to client needs
  • Deliver and monitor service to clients
  • Estimate job costs
  • Measure and draw site layouts for manufactured furniture
  • Read and interpret work documents in order to prepare accurate cutting lists for jobs
  • Programme and control computer-aided design (cad) and computer numerical control (cnc) machines
  • Understand and select timber and timber products for furniture production
  • Fabricate custom furniture
  • Prepare and assemble cabinets for installation
  • Select and install hardware to furnishings, such as handles and hinges
  • Perform on-site repairs and adjustments of cabinets
  • Clean and maintain work areas, including machinery and tools, to ensure a safe working environment.

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Able to follow written instructions
  • Able to work to a high level of accuracy
  • Able to make mathematical calculations
  • Good communication skills
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Free from allergies to dust.

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