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Certificate II in Furniture Making (Pre-apprenticeship)

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Whether you want to work as a furniture maker, upholster, machinist, designer or even a shopfitter, gaining a qualification by doing is your first step into a career. You may want to learn how to restore vintage furniture, practice polishing, as well as waxing, staining and shellacking techniques. Or study upholstery and learn how to repair, recover and replace furniture materials using both traditional and modern techniques.
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This furniture and joinery semester pathway program gives you the opportunity to work safely using hand and power tools to construct timber furnishing products.

It is suitable if you are interested in furniture design, kitchen design, furniture making, cabinet making, wood machining, joinery, shopfitting and stair building.


The Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology provides comprehensive training in vehicle and marine trimming. You will learn to make, install, repair, replace or modify the seats, upholstery, linings (roof and door linings), interior trim and floor coverings of a vehicle.

This work can be undertaken on cars, trucks, vintage vehicles, buses, caravans, trains, aircraft and boats.


The Certificate III in Cabinet Making will give you a range of skills and knowledge in kitchen, bathroom, installation and furniture Making for the manufacture of furniture and cabinetry products.provides comprehensive training in cabinet making..

This course will give you a range of skills and knowledge in kitchen, bathroom, installation and furniture making for the manufacture of furniture and cabinetry products.

You will learn to use a range of specialist machinery, as well as preparing and working from computer-aided drawings and associated cutting lists.

In regards to each machine, you will learn about the material you are processing and how to use the machine itself - from basic to high-end production machinery such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines.

You will be taught the correct setup, operational, basic maintenance, troubleshooting of machining and construction methods for Kitchen, Bathroom and Furniture making process.

There are two possible specialist streams in this qualification:
Stream 1: Kitchen Bathroom
Stream 2 : Furniture


The Certificate III in Cabinet Making will give you a range of skills and knowledge in kitchen, bathroom, installation and furniture making for the manufacture of furniture and cabinetry products.

You will learn to use a range of specialist machinery, as well as preparing and working from computer-aided drawings and associated cutting lists.

In regards to each machine, you will learn about the material you are processing and how to use the machine itself - from basic to high-end production machinery such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines.

You will be taught the correct setup, operational, basic maintenance, troubleshooting of machining and construction methods for furniture making and kitchens/bathrooms.


The Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining will give you the skills and knowledge to perform machining for the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry, windows and doors, and moulded products.

You will learn to use a range of specialist machinery, as well as preparing and working from computer-aided drawings and associated cutting lists.

In regards to each machine, you will learn about the material you are processing, the tools you need (cutters etc) and how to use the machine itself - from basic to high-end production machinery such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines.

You will taught the correct setup, operational and long-term maintenance and troubleshooting of each machining process.

There are three possible specialist streams embedded in this qualification:

Stream 1 Flat Panel Machining

Stream 2 Solid Timber Machining

Stream 3 Machining Technician


This course focuses on teaching you skills in the design of furniture and the application of turning a design into a finished furniture product.

You will develop skills and knowledge that will enable you to design and produce individual fine furniture for display, custom production, and furniture for volume production.

Furniture designers are experts in creating and designing furnishings, while considering both fashion and functionality.

They design interior and exterior furniture, often keeping factors like sustainability, ergonomics, customer style preferences and practicality in mind.

Your training at Holmesglen will set you up for a career in this growing  competitive industry.

Throughout your training, you will have the opportunity to be mentored  by James Richardson Furniture, a business that  has built a heritage on the principles of good design.

This family-owned business has a rich tradition of style, service and quality dating back to 1892.

They will assist you with your designs and you may also have your pieces displayed at their showroom.


This course focuses on further developing your skills in the design of furniture and the application of the design into a finished furniture product.

Furniture designers are experts in creating and designing furnishings, while considering both fashion and functionality.

They design interior and exterior furniture, often keeping factors like sustainability, ergonomics, customer style preferences and practicality in mind.

This course is designed to meet the expectations of the Australian furniture industry, preparing you with the skills to be job ready from day one.

You will design and test your own prototypes in dedicated computer labs and theory rooms before manufacturing them.

Enjoy the benefits of hands on experience with industry standard equipment in our specialised workshops.


  • Turning inspirations into reality
    Our students are seeing their designs become creations while in the workshop.
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