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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.


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Course Duration/Hours

Furniture Making Pathways is a 120 hour (2 unit) or 180 hour (3 unit) course delivered over one year – Preliminary or HSC.
For school-based trainees, Furniture Making is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years.


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, the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore Diocese RTO recommends a minimum of 35 hours be undertaken by all students enrolled in the Furniture Making Pathways course.


Costs

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


Assessment

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

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.


Units of Competency

To be eligible for MSF20516 – Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways you must successfully complete 12 units: 5 core, 7 electives:

Core

  • MSFGN2001
    Make measurements and calculations
  • MSMENV272
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMPCI103
    Demonstrate care and apply safe practices at work
  • MSFFP2002
    Develop a career plan for the furnishing industry
  • MSFFP2001
    Undertake a basic furniture making project

Electives

Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • CPCCOHS1001A
    Work safely in the construction industry
  • MSFFM2001
    Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
  • MEM16006A
    Organise and communicate information
  • MSMSUP106
    Work in a team
  • MSFFP2003
    Prepare surfaces
  • MSFFP2004
    Apply domestic surface coatings
  • MSFFP2005
    Join furnishing materials
  • MSFFP2006
    Make simple timber joints
  • MSFFM2003
    Select and apply hardware
  • MEM16008A
    Interact with computing technology
 

SBAT

Students who sign into a Furniture Making Traineeship will be given a copy of their individual Training Plan identifying the units to be studied at school as part of their 240hr course to achieve MSF20313. This will include 13 units: 5 core, 8 electives:

Core

  • MSFGN2001
    Make measurements and calculations
  • MSFFM2001
    Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
  • MSMENV272
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMSUP102
    Communicate in the workplace
  • MSMSUP106
    Work in a team

Electives

Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • CPCCOHS1001A
    Work safely in the construction industry
  • MSFFF2004
    Prepare surfaces for finishing
  • MSFFM2005
    Join solid timber
  • MSFFM2005
    Join solid timber
  • MSFFF2006
    Apply surface coatings by spray gun
  • MSFFM2003
    Select and apply hardware
  • MSFFM2004
    Apply sheet laminates by hand
  • MSFFM2002
    Assemble furnishing components
  • MEM16008A
    Interact with computing technology
 

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

FURTHER STUDY

Apprenticeship, for example in:

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

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