Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making and Repair

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to manufacture and repair a wide range of musical instruments.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The LMF31408 Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making and Repair reflects vocational outcomes for those performing the manufacture and repair of musical instruments in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints.

This qualification is typically used to develop skills and a breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge in in making and repairing musical instruments and would cover selecting, adapting and transferring this skill and knowledge to new environments and providing technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specific problems. Application would be across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available and may involve some responsibility for others. Participation in teams including group or team coordination may be required.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMF10108 Certificate I in Furnishing or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification may include LMF40308 Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair and relevant supervisory, management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the LMF31408 Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making and Repair, competency must be achieved in twenty-five (25) units of competency.

nine (9) core units of competency

sixteen (16) elective units of competency.

Note: Where prerequisite units apply, these have been listed, and must be considered in the total number of units.


Complete all nine (9) units from this list.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFFF2001B

Use furniture finishing sector hand and power tools

add topic LMFFM3033B

Construct jigs and fixtures

add topic LMFGN3001B

Read and interpret work documents

add topic LMFMI3001A

Assemble instrument components

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team


Select sixteen (16) units from Groups A, B and C as specified below.

Group A

Select a minimum of one (1) unit from Group A

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFMI3003A

Manufacture acoustic guitars

add topic LMFMI3004A

Manufacture brass instruments

add topic LMFMI3005A

Manufacture electric guitars

add topic LMFMI3006A

Manufacture percussion instruments

add topic LMFMI3007A

Manufacture special stringed instruments

add topic LMFMI3008A

Manufacture stringed instruments

Group B

Select a minimum of nine (9) units from Group B

Unit code

Unit title


add topic CUVCOR07B

Use drawing techniques to represent the object or idea

add topic CUVCOR08B

Produce drawings to represent and communicate the concept

add topic CUVDES01A

Apply colour theory in response to a brief

add topic CUVVSP01B

Produce calligraphy

add topic CUVVSP14B

Apply techniques to produce drawings

add topic CUVVSP15B

Produce drawings

add topic LMFFF2007B

Apply stains, fillers and bleach

add topic LMFFF2008B

Apply surface coatings by hand

add topic LMFFF3003B

Apply plural component coatings

add topic LMFFF3004B

Apply soft rubber techniques

add topic LMFFF3005B

Enhance finishes

add topic LMFFM2010B

Set up, operate and maintain basic static machines

add topic LMFFM3011B

Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings

add topic LMFGN2002B

Move and store materials and products

add topic LMFGN3002B

Estimate and cost job

add topic LMFMI3002A

Construct and apply decorative treatments and finishes to musical instruments

add topic LMFMI3009A

Repair brass instruments

add topic LMFMI3010A

Repair percussion instruments

add topic LMFMI3011A

Repair woodwind instruments

add topic MEM05003B

Soft soldering

add topic TLID207C

Shift a load using manually operated equipment

add topic TLID307E

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances

Group C

Up to six (6) relevant units may be chosen from units not already selected from Groups A or B, or units available in this Training Package or other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses. Those units must be aligned at Certificate II level (maximum 2 units), Certificate III level (maximum 6 units) or Certificate IV level (maximum 2 units).

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses via Group C must be relevant to the qualification outcome and not duplicate units available within this qualification.

If Competitive Manufacturing units are chosen (identified as MSACM in the code), these should only be selected on the basis of work requirements.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


collect, organise and understand information related to work orders, basic plans and safety procedures


collect, organise and understand detailed technical information related to the materials and the products used in and related to musical instrument making and repairs

communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications, coordination of work with site supervisor, other workers and customers, and the reporting of work outcomes and problems

maintain records related to product and materials quality


work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity

Initiative and enterprise

use pre-checking and inspection techniques to ensure the tools are serviceable and ready to use

use checking and inspection techniques to ensure instruments comply with specifications and that instances of non-compliance are remedied

identify, anticipate and respond to faults in timber and/or seasoning processes

identify, anticipate and respond to the problems related to timber and material properties

identify and analyse faults in instruments

select and apply the most appropriate instrument maintenance and repair techniques

Planning and organising

identify, anticipate and respond to the impact of the instruments properties on the product (music)


clarify and confirm specified work instructions

plan work within given task parameters

apply systematic and effective time management

accept responsibility for given tasks

set, monitor and satisfy personal work goals


satisfy the competency requirements for the job

maintain current knowledge of instrument making and repairing tools and production materials

maintain current knowledge of instruments making and repairing processes and techniques

seek learning opportunities


use the workplace technology related to the selection, preparation and use of instrument products and materials including hand and power tools, calculators, measuring devices and technical support systems