Cabinet Making Apprenticeship

MSF30322 – Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology

Kickstart your career as a cabinet maker with a paid apprenticeship

Are you an analytical thinker with strong attention to detail and enjoy working with wood products and using hand/power tools? Then a career in cabinetry could be ideal for you. 

Cabinet makers are in very high demand, offering stable work and opportunities for growth. This profession also opens the door to setting up your own business in the future if you feel like you are the type of person who would enjoy being their own boss.

Throughout your paid apprenticeship, you will learn a range of practical skills such as using power tools and wood machines and how to successfully undertake jobs within cost and time constraints. You will also learn processes from design through to production including producing manual and computer-aided drawings.

Within this nationally recognised course you can choose to specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of kitchen, bathroom and other cupboards and benches. You also have the option to specialise in furniture making and will learn how to produce free-standing furniture such as dining and bedroom suites, antiques and office furniture.

Completion Time

  • 4 years

This can be accelerated to 3.5 years if you take on additional study and on-site work. 

Part time and school based apprenticeships are available and take generally twice as long as a full time apprenticeship

      Registration Criteria

      • Sound literacy and numeracy skills
      • You must be an Australian citizen/resident or hold an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia for the duration of the apprenticeship
      • Construction White Card – this can be obtained online prior to the commencement of your apprenticeship


      • Manual drivers license and own transport
      • Participation in the Trade Taster program and relevant work experience is also highly desirable
      • Experience with woodworking (e.g. as a subject in high school)  

        Career Outcomes


        • Kitchen/bathroom installator and renovator
        • Wood machinist
        • Shop fitter
        • Project manager
        • Furniture maker
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        Earn while you learn with East Coast Apprenticeships

        East Coast Apprenticeships combines both theory and practical on-site skills learning. Our approach is to directly employ potential apprentices such as yourself by placing you with ‘Host Employers’ which are usually local, small to medium sized businesses. You will work and train under the supervision of an experienced tradesperson upon placement with a Host Employer.  

        When you commence employment with us, you will be officially signed up as an apprentice with a Training Contract which is nationally recognised.

        Whilst you are working on-site, you will earn an hourly wage. Your wages will depend on several factors, such as your age and your level of education. Your wages may increase with each completed year of your apprenticeship.

        In addition to your paid practical work, you will need to attend classroom lessons for 1 or 2 week periods 2-3 times throughout the year. These lessons will take place at one of our recommended/approved Supervising Registered Training Organisations (SRTOs). SRTOs can include TAFE colleges and institutes, adult and community education providers as well as other relevant industry organisations.

        What skills does it take to successfully complete a cabinetry apprenticeship?

        • Enjoy working with your hands
        • Have good hand-eye coordination
        • Have good attention to detail – measure twice, cut once!
        • Have good problem solving and visualisation skills
        • Have good communication skills
        • Able to work as part of a team and independently
        • Be reliable – always show up on time
        • Show initiative and be results driven


        What are the costs of enrolling?

        There are no costs involved in being employed as an East Coast apprentice – instead you get paid for your on-site work!

        Student fees may apply for the enrolment in the necessary theory modules and to attend classes at your designated SRTO. However, upon successful completion of these modules, you will be fully reimbursed for all fees. Financial help/loans are available for you to be able to purchase any necessary tools and equipment required to complete on-site work.

        Click to learn more about the Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment.


        Units of Competency


        Click here to view the elective and core Units of Competency.


        How do I apply for a Certificate III in Cabinet Making?

        To apply for an exciting career as a cabinet maker and to start earning while you learn, visit the Apply Now page.

        Applying online is mobile friendly but you will need to submit a resume. If you don’t have access to your resume on your mobile at the time of application, please upload it later to your profile.

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        Why should you choose East Coast Apprenticeships?

        East Coast Apprenticeships is a community-based, not for profit organisation which has been in operation since 1988. We take pride in our workmanship and strive for a reputation of integrity and providing the highest level of guidance and support to all our apprentices and trainees.

        Our Point of Difference:

        As one of Queensland’s largest Group Training Organisations we are more likely to be able to rotate you to different employers to either keep you working in your trade or provide you greater exposure to the full scope of the trade as well as develop a wider set of skills by learning from different tradesmen. Throughout your apprenticeship you will also establish a number of contacts within the industry to enhance your prospects within the sector upon completion of your apprenticeship. 

        Pastoral Care:

        Finally, as a Group Training Organisation, East Coast Apprenticeships offers a unique service of “Pastoral Care” to apprentices and trainees. The value of Pastoral Care offered to students is that they are nurtured and supported by experienced Field Officers who foster encouragement, a positive influence, improved decision-making skills and increased self-esteem by ensuring each apprentice is making strong progress within their apprenticeship and supporting them through any challenges.

        Click here to read more about our Pastoral Care policy.

        East Coast offices providing management / support are located at: 

        • Brisbane North (Strathpine)
        • Brisbane South (Upper Mount Gravatt)
        • Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore)
        • Bundaberg
        • Hervey Bay
        What are the differences between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

        Talk to the team at East Coast Apprenticeships.

        Do you have some questions about whether a Certificate III in Cabinet Making is right for you, or how our paid apprenticeships work? Simply fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you.

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