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Holmesglen offers a range of TAFE courses from pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, certificates and diplomas in the wood trades, upholstery and furniture finishing industry. Explore courses in cabinet making, wood machining and automotive and marine trimming at Holmesglen.

If you are studying furnishing design or cabinet making you will have your own work space and access to the latest machinery and tools of the trade. You will be encouraged to show your individual flair and create a variety of pieces that can be entered into competitions or even sold to the public.

You may want to study furniture finishing and 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.

We offer an Automotive Vehicle Body program that gives you the chance to apply these traditional crafts in a modern context. Learn how to upholster seats and floor coverings on a wide range of vehicles including trucks, buses, aircraft and boats.

With small classes, industry experts as your teachers and access to industry standard equipment to practise on, we prepare you for the workplace – be it as an apprentice, part of a large manufacturing process or in your own studio.

Courses available (17)

Certificate II

  • Furnishing
    Pre-apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    Certificate II in Furnishing Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF20113
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This dual course is designed to be completed in conjunction with the MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making, for people who wish to enter the furniture/joinery and building trades.Learn your craft in one of Victoria's leading furniture making workshops and graduate with the skills required to operate hand and power tools. You will also learn about industry safety, furniture/joinery/kitchen construction, wood machining/solid and board, upholstery and furniture polishing.Job prospects for students who complete this course [...]

  • Furniture Making
    Pre-apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    Certificate II in Furniture Making Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF20313
    • Start February / July

    This course is designed for people wishing to enter the furniture and building trades. Learn about industry safety, timber joints and construction in one of Victoria's leading furniture making workshops and graduate with the skills required to operate hand and power tools.Job prospects for students who complete this course are excellent. You will have the skills to find employment in the furniture, cabinet making, furniture design, wood machining, joinery, shopfitting and building industries.Students who successfully [...]

  • Furniture Making
    Pre-apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    Certificate II in Furniture Making Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF20313
    • Start February / July / Various dates throughout the year

    This dual course is designed to be completed in conjunction with MSF20113 Certificate II in Furnishing for those who wish to enter the furniture/joinery and building trades.Learn your craft in one of Victoria's leading furniture making workshops and graduate with the skills required to operate hand and power tools. You will learn about industry safety, furniture/joinery/kitchen construction, wood machining/solid and board, upholstery and furniture polishing.Job prospects for students who complete this course are excellent. You [...]

Certificate III

  • Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology
    Apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology Holmesglen TAFE
    AUR32316
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This course 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.

  • International
    Cabinet Making - Furniture
    Apprenticeship & On Campus Program
    Chadstone
    MSF31113
    • Start February / July / Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides comprehensive training in cabinet making and furniture production. You will learn how to use power tools, operate all workshop machinery, operate CNC machinery, produce manual and computer aided production drawings, and estimate and cost jobs. During your studies, you will be taught how to create free standing furniture and install furniture, kitchen and bathroom units in Holmesglen's industry standard workshops.

  • International
    Cabinet Making - Kitchen and Bathroom
    Apprenticeship & On Campus Program
    Chadstone
    MSF31113
    • Start February / July / Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides comprehensive training in cabinet making, specialising in kitchens and bathrooms. Students will learn how to use hand and power tools, operate all workshop machinery, operate CNC machinery, produce manual and computer aided production drawings, estimate and cost jobs, install kitchen and bathroom units, and make custom furniture across a range of commercial and domestic situations.You will be taught at Holmesglen's industry recognised furnishing workshops with access to the latest technologies and machinery. [...]

  • Furniture Finishing
    Apprenticeship & On Campus Program
    Chadstone
    Certificate III in Furniture Finishing Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF30113
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides comprehensive training in furniture finishing. You will learn to prepare surfaces, apply stains and finishes, restore furniture and operate finishing equipment.You will be taught in Holmesglen's industry recognised furnishing facilities, where an emphasis is placed on providing hands on, practical training.

  • International
    Picture Framing
    Apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    MSF31113
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides comprehensive training in picture framing. You will learn how to use power tools, operate all workshop machinery, operate CNC machinery, produce manuals, and estimate and cost jobs. During this course, you will be taught how to prepare design requirements for framing and use mouldings and mat to frame pictures,restoration work, complex artwork, and textiles, including use of glass and glazing materials, where required.

  • Timber and Composites Machining
    Apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF30313
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides you with comprehensive training in cabinet and furniture production. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to perform timber and composites machining for the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry, windows and doors, and other components. You will learn how to do this using a range of skills and specialist machinery, which include preparing and working from drawings and cutting lists, static and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine set up, operation maintenance and [...]

  • Timber and Composites Machining Machining Technician
    Apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining Machining Technician Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF30313
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides comprehensive training in cabinet and furniture production. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to perform timber and composites machining for the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry, windows and doors, and other components. You will learn how to do this using a range of specialist machinery, which includes preparing and working from drawings and cutting lists. The skills include static and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine set up, operation maintenance and basic [...]

  • Timber and Composites Machining Flat Panel
    Apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining Flat Panel Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF30313
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides comprehensive training in cabinet and furniture production. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to perform timber and composites machining for the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry, windows and doors, and other components. You will learn how to do this when utilising a range of specialist machinery, which also includes preparing and working from drawings and cutting lists. The skills include static and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine set up, operation maintenance [...]

  • Timber and Composites Machining Solid Timber
    Apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining Solid Timber Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF30313
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides comprehensive training in cabinet and furniture production. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to perform timber and composites machining for the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry, windows and doors, and other components. You will learn how to do this using a range of specialist machinery. You will also learn how to prepare and work from drawings and cutting lists. Other skills taught include static and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine set [...]

  • Upholstery
    Apprenticeship & On Campus Program
    Chadstone
    Certificate III in Upholstery Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF30713
    • Start Various dates throughout the year

    This course provides comprehensive training in all practical and theoretical aspects of the upholstery trade.You will learn to perform upholstery including dismantling and reassembling furniture and selecting, cutting, sewing and fitting fabric and leather upholstery materials.

Certificate IV

  • International
    Furniture Design and Technology
    Diploma Pathway
    Chadstone
    Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF40213
    • Start February / July

    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 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, [...]

Diploma

  • International
    Furniture Design and Technology
    Chadstone
    Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF50313
    • Start February / July

    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 [...]

Programs for Secondary School Students

  • Furnishing
    VET Delivered to Secondary Students (previously VETiS)
    Chadstone
    Certificate II in Furnishing Holmesglen TAFE
    MSF20313
    • Start February

    This course is a VET in Schools program and can only be completed as part of your VCE or VCAL program.This course gives you an insight into the training required to achieve a trade or design qualification in the furnishing, design and building industries. You will develop hand and power tool skills while working on a variety of projects related to cabinet making, joinery, furniture making and polishing.The building industry is currently experiencing a shortage [...]

  • Furniture and Joinery - Semester Pathway Program
    Semester Pathway Program
    Chadstone
    3 units from MSF20316
    • Start February / July

    This course 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.

Furniture & Upholstery Open Days

  • 22Jun
    Furniture Making - Pre Apprenticeship
    Chadstone
    OD2831

    If you are curious about furniture making but not sure if it is right for you; or if you want get the skills and industry experience to set your self up for an apprenticeship, a Certificate II might be the first step.

    A pre-apprenticeship program is designed to teach you the basic skills required by industry, You'll get a taste of what the apprenticeship will involve as well as what working in the field is really like. By completing a pre-apprenticeship you'll also reduce the length of your apprenticeship.

    Visit us on Open Day at 6.30pm for a formal presentation highlighting the unique elements and importance of each of the building trades. Following the presentation there will be a tour across each of the trades workshops with teachers available to answer any specific questions.

    - , Thu 22 Jun - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road, Chadstone, Vic Australia

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