Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining


Course code MSF30313
Start date(s) Various dates throughout the year
Course lengthPart time: 1 - 4 years
Campus Chadstone
Study mode Part time
International course No
  • Course Overview

    This qualification describes the skills and knowledgerequired to perform timber and composites machining for the manufacture offurniture, cabinetry, windows and doors, and moulded products, utilising arange of specialist machinery, and includes preparing and working from Computer-aided drawings and associated cuttinglists. There are three aspects covered in relation to each machine used, theyare, Material to be processed, tooling(cutters etc.) and the machine itself. The skills and underpinning knowledgegained, encompass both, basic machines and hi-endproduction machines, like Computernumerically controlled (CNC) machines. There is a high emphasis on correct setup, operational and long-term maintenance and the troubleshooting of each machiningprocess.

    There are three possible specialist streams embedded in thisqualification:

    Stream 1 -- Flat Panel Machining 

    Stream 2 – Solid Timber Machining 

    Stream 3 – Machining Technician

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 16 core units and 11 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 may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.


    MSFFM3010Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications
    MSFFM2005Join solid timber
    MSMWHS200Work safely
    MSFGN3001Read and interpret work documents
    MSFFM3015Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines
    MSFFM3008Select timber for furniture production
    MSFGN3002Estimate and cost job
    MSFFM3009Produce manual and computer-aid production drawings
    MSFFM3014Set up, operate and maintain joining machines
    MSFFM3016Set up, operate and maintain multi-head planing and moulding machines
    TLID2003AHandle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
    MSMSUP102Communicate in the workplace
    MSFFM3012Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines
    MSMENV272 Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
    MSMSUP106Work in a team
    MSFFM2001Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
    MSFGN2001Make measurements and calculations
    MSFFM2010Set up and operate basic static machines
    MSFFM3013Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines
    MSFFM3017Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines
    MSFDN4003Produce patterns and templates
    MSFFT4007Sample, inspect and test products to specifications
    LMTGN4012AFabricate or machine tooling
    MSS402051Apply quality standards
    MSS402021Apply Just in Time procedures
    MSFFM3022Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC)
    MSFFM3024Construct jigs and fixtures
  • 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.


    Although not compulsory, successful completion of Year 10 is recommended.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    After successfully completing of this course, you will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion, issued by the Apprentice Administration Branch, and the MSF30313 Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining.


    After successful completion of the course, you may further your studies in the MSF40213 Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology.

    Career Opportunities

    • CNC operator
    • Bespoke furniture/kitchen maker
    • Residential furniture/kitchen maker
    • Commercial furniture/kitchen maker
    • Assistant furniture/kitchen maker
    • Furniture prototyping/ model maker
    • Furniture/kitchen supervisor/foreperson
  • Dates


    Apprentices can either attend one day a week or weekly daytime classes over the length of the formal training, or be trained in the workplace by designated supervisors and assessed by Holmesglen's qualified staff, or a mixture of both, depending on the skills of the employers and proximity to the Institute.

  • 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.

    Further Advice

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

    Furniture, Joinery & Manufacturing Department

    03 9564 2760


    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 MSF30313

    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$6051.20

    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

  • 21Jun
    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 21 Jun - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road, Chadstone, Vic Australia