Thursday, April 5, 2012


The Certificate II in Furniture Making provides participants with 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. This qualification is typically used to develop skills and knowledge in non trade work involved in the manufacture of 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. This qualification does not cover shopfitting.

Job roles

Possible job roles include:

Assistant Cabinet Maker

Assistant installer of built-in cabinets

Production operator within a cabinet making enterprise

How long does it go for?

This qualification is offered both Part Time and Full Time. Nominal hours are 244-562. The range of nominal hours for this
qualification is calculated by using core and electives from within the training package. These hours are a combination of standard classroom delivery, online delivery time, industry placements and work experience and vary depending on the elective units chosen. Alternatively, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) states that the volume of learning of a Certificate II is typically 1-2 years.

Where will it take me?

Further training pathways from this qualification may include Certificate III in Furniture Making (LMF30302), Certificate III in Cabinet Making (LMF32109) and relevant competitive manufacturing qualifications.

What will I study?

Participants must complete 13 units; 5 core and 8 elective units.

Core Units

Use furniture making sector hand and power tools


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Make measurements (MSAPMOPS101A)

Communicate in the workplace (MSAPMSUP102A)

Work in a team (MSAPMSUP106A)

Elective Units

Elective units to be chosen from the following categories; prepare surfaces for finishing, apply surface coatings by spray gun, select and apply hardware, apply sheet laminates by hand, hand make timber joints, construct cane furniture, apply competitive manufacturing practices, monitor process capability, receive or despatch goods, contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy, use sustainable energy practices, use SCADA systems in manufacturing, apply cost factors to work practices, plus more.
The following unit: Work safely in the construction industry (CPCCOHS1001A) is mandatory for participants wanting to obtain a National Construction Safety Card which is required for all on-site work access.

Do I need to have competed previous study?

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Participants are required to be competent in written and spoken
English and will undertake a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy test prior to commencing the training.

What do we look for when selecting applicants?

Applicants should be interested in a career in the
Furnishing industry.

Carpentry - Carpenter Attention

Carpentry, carpenter safety
Carpentry, carpenter safety
Think safety first by using the appropriate clothing and ALWAYS using safety equipment such as eye and ear protection and gloves as appropriate. Always work under the direct supervision of a responsible adult who is knowledgeable about the tools and materials you plan to use. For more information about safety with tools, see the Home Repairs and Woodwork merit badge pamphlets.


 To obtain a Merit Badge for Carpentry, a Scout must:

1. Demonstrate the use of the rule, square, level, plumb-line, mitre, chalk-line and bevel.

These tools are very important for planning your project.
A wrong angle or crooked line could keep the project from being assembled properly. Perhaps you have heard your grandfather say, “Always measure twice and cut once.” Since it took considerable physical effort to saw a board, can you understand the importance of good preparation?

2. Demonstrate the proper way to drive, set, and clinch a nail, draw a spike with a claw-hammer, and to join two pieces of wood with screws.

3. Show correct use of the cross-cut saw and of the rip-saw.

Clinching is when you drive a nail through two pieces of wood and then bend the nail over from the other side for extra strength. Bending the nail over before it goes through doesn’t count, but that is why the claw hammer was invented. Today, after the invention of the power screw driver, most wood is joined by screws that are better at holding wood, but a hundred years ago each screw needed to be set by hand.
One of the hardest things to do a hundred years ago was to cut a board, because it took considerable effort.

4. Show how to plane the edge, end and the broad surface of a board.

5. Demonstrate how to lay shingles.

Today, we buy finished lumber, or boards that have been measured and planed. Early in the 20th century, you would have needed to finish the surface and square the edges of the wood before using it.
Construction methods were fairly simple a hundred years ago. A very common roofing material was wood shingles. Here are the instructions from the 1928 Carpentry
merit badge pamphlet. Even back then, it was preferred to
have someone teach you a skill rather than try to learn from a book.

6. Make a simple article of furniture

for practical use in the home or on the home grounds, finished in a workmanlike manner, all work to be done without assistance.

Prior to 25 years ago, it was standard that young men made a school project out of wood. Usually it was a simple stool or small table. These items would often last for years and be passed down from generation to generation. Here are some examples of projects right out of the 1928 merit badge pamphlet.