Certificate III in Furniture Finishing

Apprenticeship & On Campus Program

Course code MSF30113
Start date(s) Various dates throughout the year
Course lengthPart time: 3 years (Apprenticeships)
Campus Chadstone
Study mode Workplace training; Block release
International course No
  • Course Overview

    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.

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 10 core units and 13 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications. If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.


    Assessment will be conducted on and off the job, and will involve practical demonstration, third party report, oral questions and written activities and tests.


    MSFFF2001Use furniture finishing sector hand and power tools
    MSFFF2002Dismantle/Reassemble furniture
    MSFGN3001Read and interpret work documents
    MSFGN3002Estimate and cost job
    TLID2003Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
    MSMSUP102Communicate in the workplace
    MSFGN2001Make measurements and calculations
    MSMENV272 Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
    MSMWHS200Work safely
    MSMSUP106Work in a team


    BSBPRO301ARecommend Products and Services
    MSFFF2003Remove surface coatings
    MSFFF2004Prepare Surfaces for Finishing
    MSFFF2005Maintain spray equipment and booth
    MSFFF2006Apply surface coatings by spray gun
    MSFFF2007Apply stains, fillers and bleach
    MSFFF2008Apply surface coatings by hand
    MSFFF3001Match and make up colours
    MSFFF3003Apply plural component coatings
    MSFFF3004Apply soft rubber techniques
    MSFFF3005Enhance finishes
    MSFFF3006Repair and touch up surfaces
    MSFFF3007Apply graining and decorative finishes
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

    Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.


    Apprentices must have a training agreement in place with a registered employer from a relevant industry

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    After successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed MSF30113 Certificate III in Furniture Finishing.


    Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed MSF20213 Certificate II in Furniture Finishing.

    Further training pathways from this qualification include:

     MSF40213 Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology

    Career Opportunities

    • Furniture polisher
    • Various positions in furnishing and joinery
  • Dates


    Apprentices - Block Release (one week per month); non-apprentices - 1 or 2 days a week (flexible training options available).

  • How to Apply


    Students studying the on campus course only.

    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.


    A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment. An Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) representative will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice. Contact the AAC on 13 38 73 or for more information. On signing the apprentice will be asked to nominate the registered training organisation (RTO), such as Holmesglen, which will authomatically be notified of their intention to start training. The apprentice will then be placed on the notification list at the RTO to be contacted when the next apprenticeship group is starting.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Holmesglen Workforce Solutions
    03 9209 5300


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    Holmesglen TAFE
    Holmesglen TAFE MSF30113

    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$1500
    Full Fee$4100

    Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire program.

    These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

    Which fee applies to me?

    Due to the different level of government subsidy available to you, there are three possible fee levels for program fees – government subsidised, full fee and concession.

    Your eligibility for concession or subsidised program fees is determined by your individual circumstances such as how old you are, what level of education you have and what type of program you want to study. Concession fees are not available for qualifications at diploma level or above.

    The Holmesglen Information staff can help you determine your eligibility and discuss options if you are ineligible.

    How do I pay my fees?

    VET Fee HELP / VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees for diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma programs.

    Holmesglen also offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for.

    To be eligible for a VET Fee HELP /  VET Student Loans you will need to meet the VET Student Loans entry requirements.

    Information Offices are situated at all campuses. Discuss your payment options with Holmesglen Information staff.

Furniture & Upholstery Open Days

  • 10May
    Furniture Making

    If you are curious about furniture making but not sure if it is right for you; or if you want to 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 10 May - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road, Chadstone, Vic Australia