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Furniture and Upholstery Open Days

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, 09 Aug - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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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.


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 complete this course and go on to find employment as apprentices may be provided with credit for some of the units completed in this course.


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.


This course provides comprehensive training in cabinet making. 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.

The course provides the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of skills at trade-level for those working in furniture making and those involved in the manufacture and installation of
fitted furniture typically in a kitchen, bathroom and related context. Installation skills may be applied to new or renovation work.

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.

This qualification offers a generic Certificate III in Cabinet Making, as well as two pathways targeting the skill requirements of free-standing furniture makers and kitchen and bathroom cabinet makers and installers.

The following additional qualification descriptors are approved for this qualification:

- Pathway 1: MSF31113 Certifcate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture)
- Pathway 2: MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making Kitchens and Bathrooms).


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.


This course will give you the skills and knowledge to perform timber and composites 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 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.


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.

Throughout your training, you will the have the opportunity to be mentored by James Richardson Furniture, which 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.

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


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