Furniture Making

Build beautiful pieces of furniture and gain satisfaction from your work. Work with the industry tools to develop the skills you need to become a Furniture or Cabinet Maker. Across the two years you will gain knowledge in constructing timber products and joints, how to use the hand tools woodworking machines and read plans and job specifications. Develop an eye for design in making a piece of furniture you can be proud of.

The furniture making trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a shift in industry and consumer demand for sustainable practices. The use of new technologies, materials and equipment in the industry has created employment opportunities across many areas, from high volume manufacturing to artistic expression and creativity.

NCAT consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our furniture making curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Practical project-based curriculums simulate real world scenarios for hands-on student learning. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.

Furniture Making enables you to:


Develop your critical eye to make a range of products.


Work with hand, power and static tools.


Learn the basics before you decide which direction you would like to take your idea.


Immerse yourself in the design process of making furniture.

As with all good design and creativity, this craft begins with drawing and identifying construction methods and working within constraints. Master the art of hand-cut timber joints using industry standard hand-tools, power-tools and multi-cam computer controlled cutters.

TestimonialsJarman Lawrence (Furniture Making Student)

“My grandpa was a carpenter for a long time. He used to take me out into the shed and go come have a look at this thing I made from then on I kind of wanted to do something like that.”

TestimonialsTony Nanngerd (Furniture Making Student)

“You have to get a white card to be able to use equipment and get into a workforce.”

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Course Structure

The Certificate II In Furniture Making Pathways is designed for people interested in a career in furnishing, cabinet making or related working environment. Students learn and develop a range of skills and knowledge including furniture assembly, joinery and preparation of surfaces which can help get entry into an apprenticeship. This is a project- based, hand-on course delivered in a simulated workplace environment in a fully-equipped workshop.

Activities & Tasks

The Certificate II In Furniture Making Pathways course covers construction of furniture products using a variety of materials, a range of hand and power tools, surface preparation, general joinery techniques and assembly of various components such as drawers, leg and rail, tops or carcass. Safety, industry standards, job specifications, reading plans, measurements and calculations are competencies relating to communication and teamwork skills and are vital to produce a successful product.


Assessment is mainly by observation of skills and some written work and assignments. The assessment of your overall competence at this certificate level will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and your competence judged using the criteria stated in the qualification.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

A minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work is recommended. If you have individual needs, please contact the college to discuss.