Certificate III in Cabinet Making

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of skills associated with the manufacture and installation of free-standing or fitted cabinets. Two pathways identify the specialisation.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The LMF32109 Certificate III in Cabinet Making describes the trade level outcomes 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. The work is 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 trade level cabinet making work associated with free standing furniture manufacturing or the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture 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 LMF20309 Certificate II in Furniture Making or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification include LMF40508 Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology and relevant supervisory, management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Additional qualification advice

There are two pathways offered within the Certificate III in Cabinet Making targeting the skill requirements of free-standing furniture makers and kitchen and bathroom cabinet makers and installers.

Qualification descriptors for this qualification will depend on the pathway selection. Those completing Pathway 1 will achieve a LMF32009 Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture) and those completing Pathway 2 will achieve a LMF32009 Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Kitchens and Bathrooms).

The MSA31108 Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing is available for employees at this level who already possess technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.

Licensing considerations

Depending on the State and Territory where work is undertaken licensing may relate to this qualification where the candidate is required to work on site assisting in kitchen and bathroom installation. The licensing requirement will usually involve construction induction training. Where licensing is required the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry should be selected. If no licensing requirement exists e.g. where all work will be off-site then the unit MSAPMOHS200A Work safely should be selected.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate III in Cabinet Making, competency must be achieved in twenty eight (28) units of competency.

six (6) core units of competency

twenty-two (22) 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 six (6) units from this list.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFFM2001B

Use furniture making hand and power tools

add topic LMFGN3001B

Read and interpret work documents

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team


Select twenty-two (22) units from Groups A to F as specified below.

Group A

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

Unit code

Unit title


add topic CPCCOHS1001A

Work safely in the construction industry

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

Group B

Select a minimum of eight (8) units from Groups B and D for Pathway 1 - Furniture

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFFM2002B

Assemble furnishing components

add topic LMFFF2004B

Prepare surfaces for finishing

add topic LMFFM2005B

Join solid timber

add topic LMFFM2006B

Hand make timber joints

add topic LMFFM3002B

Construct furniture using leg and rail method

add topic LMFFM3005B

Fabricate custom furniture

add topic LMFFM3006B

Install furnishing products

Group C

Select a minimum of eight (8) units from Group C and D for Pathway 2 - Kitchens and Bathrooms

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFKB2001A

Prepare for cabinet installation

add topic LMFKB3001A

Identify processes in kitchen and bathroom projects

add topic LMFKB3002A

Determine requirements for installation of cabinets

add topic LMFKB3003A

Check and measure fit of cabinets

add topic LMFKB3004A

Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components

add topic LMFKB3005A

Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment

add topic LMFKB3006A

Install fitted cabinets and components

Group D

Unit code

Unit title


add topic BSBCUS301A

Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic LMFFM2003B

Select and apply hardware

add topic LMFFM2010B

Set up, operate and maintain basic static machines

add topic LMFFM2011B

Apply manufactured board conversion techniques

add topic LMFFM3012B

Prepare a cutting list from plans and specifications

add topic LMFFM3030B

Set up, operate and maintain CNC sizing machines

add topic LMFFM3031B

Set up, operate and maintain CNC machining and processing centres

add topic LMFGN3002B

Estimate and cost job

add topic MSACMT230A

Apply cost factors to work practices

Group E

Select up to thirteen (13) units from Groups E and F as specified below

Unit code

Unit title


add topic CUVCRS03B

Produce computer-aided drawings

add topic LMFFF2006B

Apply surface coatings by spray gun

add topic LMFFM2012B

Set up, operate and maintain pressure and clamping machines

add topic LMFFM3001B

Construct chair and couch frames

add topic LMFFM3003B

Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board

add topic LMFFM3004B

Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber

add topic LMFFM3007B

Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture

add topic LMFFM3010B

Select timbers for furniture production

add topic LMFFM3011B

Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings

add topic LMFFM3013B

Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products

add topic LMFFM3020B

Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines

add topic LMFFM3021B

Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines

add topic LMFFM3022B

Set up, operate and maintain joining machines

add topic LMFFM3023B

Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines

add topic LMFFM3024B

Set up, operate and maintain multi-head planing and moulding machines

add topic LMFFM3025B

Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines

add topic LMFFM3026B

Set up, operate and maintain mechanical wood turning lathes

add topic LMFFM3027B

Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines

add topic LMFFM3028B

Fabricate synthetic solid surface products

add topic LMFFM3032B

Produce and maintain cutting tools

add topic LMFFM3033B

Construct jigs and fixtures

add topic LMFFT4001B

Coordinate on-site installation of furnishing products

add topic LMFFT4007B

Sample, inspect and test products to specifications

add topic LMFFT4008B

Interpret and use workplace information

add topic LMFFT4009B

Match furnishing styles to customer requirements

add topic MSACMC210A

Manage the impact of change on own work

add topic MSACMS200A

Apply competitive manufacturing practices

add topic MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

add topic MSACMT220A

Apply quick changeover procedures

add topic MSACMT221A

Apply Just in Time (JIT) procedures

add topic MSACMT240A

Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMT250A

Monitor process capability

add topic MSACMT251A

Apply quality standards

add topic MSACMT260A

Use planning software systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT261A

Use SCADA systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT270A

Use sustainable energy practices

add topic MSACMT271A

Use sustainable environmental practices

add topic MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSACMT281A

Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSAPMOPS363A

Organise on-site work

add topic MSAPMPER200B

Work in accordance with an issued permit

add topic MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

add topic TLID307E

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances

Group F

Up to five (5) relevant units may be chosen from units not already selected from Groups A to E, 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 1 unit), Certificate III level (maximum 5 units) or Certificate IV level (maximum 1 unit).

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses via Group F 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:


complete written documents, forms and timesheets

use communication technologies efficiently

communicate production abnormalities

demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with people from a range of backgrounds

read, interpret and communicate production schedules

communicate with all team members


work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

liaise with and provide support to other team members

work as part of a team

keep team members informed of changes to work practices

identify team performance required to meet customer needs

provide leadership to others in the team

encourage the sharing of information between team members

plan and support team activities


identify and report problems and make contributions to their solution

investigate problem causes

implement changes

examine tools for damage, missing components or other defects

identify and promptly address problems or issues

assess quality of work pieces

determine effective work practices

provide problem solving support to team members

problem solve machine operational and maintenance requirements

Initiative and enterprise

seek and provide feedback on procedures

gather and analyse information

record information on the quality and other indicators of production performance

adjust and implement production schedules changes

provide leadership

identify and implement process improvements

coordinate work activities and manufacturing processes

monitor workplace performance

use analytical and decision making skills

Planning and organising

identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures

organise self and others to meet production schedules

identify and rectify stock shortages in advance

sequence work to maximise safety and productivity

select and use appropriate tools and equipment

determine materials, quality and production requirements

apply time management skills to ensure work flow


interpret and apply relevant acts and regulations

keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

conduct regular housekeeping activities

understand own work activities

manage own time and establish own work schedule

develop and implement workplace procedures and instructions

locate, interpret and apply information relevant to own work

monitor and evaluate own work quality

accept responsibility for quality of work


develop learning activities as appropriate

assess competencies in meeting job requirements

identify own training needs and seek skill development if required

listen to feedback from others

identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding

identify and address skill development needs of others in the team


use software applications effectively

properly start up, operate and shut down computers

work with technology safely and according to workplace standards

establish procedures

carry out pre-operational checks on equipment and machines

operate equipment and machines safely, efficiently and to productivity requirements

monitor and adjust machine functions

perform machine maintenance as determined by workplace procedures

clean and check equipment and machines