Dismantle_re-assemble furniture

This unit covers the competency to dismantle and re-assemble furniture and/or fittings for the purposes of coating, repair, restoration, producing patterns, templates or for samples.



Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for work

1.1. Item to be dismantled is inspected and components identified

1.2. OHS requirements, including personal protection needs, are observed throughout the work

1.3. Work required, including the process/order for dismantling according to the workplace procedures, is identified

1.4. Tools and equipment are selected and checked for safe and effective operation for the task

2. Dismantle furniture/ furnishing item

2.1. Items to be dismantled are identified

2.2. Items are dismantled to the extent required in the work instructions using appropriate tools and procedures

2.3. Fasteners and attachments are removed, tagged and stored

2.4. Component parts are separated, tagged and stored following workplace procedures

2.5. Component parts dispatched to the next process according to workplace procedures

3. Dismantle furniture/ furnishing item

3.1. Items to be re-assembled are identified

3.2. Items are re-assembled to the extent required in the work instructions using appropriate tools and procedures

3.3. Fasteners and attachments selected and used according to workplace procedures

3.4. Fasteners and attachments selected and used according to workplace procedures

3.5. Assembled item dispatched to the next process according to workplace procedures

4. Clean work area maintain equipment and complete operations

4.1. Equipment used is cleaned, inspected for serviceable condition and stored according to workplace procedures

4.2. Equipment faults are identified, tagged and reported to appropriate personnel

4.3. Work area is cleaned and returned to operational condition

Required Skills

Required skills

collect, organise and understand information related to work orders, furniture construction methods, plans and safety procedures

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

plan and organise activities, including the preparation and layout of the worksite and the obtaining of equipment and materials to avoid any backtracking, workflow interruptions or wastage

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

use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements and estimate material requirements

use pre-checking and inspection techniques to anticipate dismantling/reassembly problems, avoid re-working and avoid wastage

use the workplace technology related to dismantling/re-assembly, including tools, equipment, materials and measuring devices

Required knowledge

the types and characteristics of materials used in furniture/furnishings construction

construction techniques and processes

identification of equipment, processes and procedures

workflow in relation to dismantling and re-assembling furniture/furnishings

Evidence Required

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Critical Aspects of Evidence

Locate, interpret and apply relevant information

Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment

Identify materials used in the construction of the item being dismantled/re-assembled

Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection practices to:

minimise the risk of injury to self or others

prevent damage to goods or equipment

maintain required work output and quality

Dismantle and re-assemble at least three different items, including:

one assembled with knockdown fittings, and

one with glued joints

Work effectively with others

Modify activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment

Resource Implications

Furniture/furnishings for dismantling/re-assembling, work instructions, tools and equipment.

Method of Assessment

Assessment methods must confirm consistency of performance over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts.

Assessment should be by direct observation of tasks and questioning on underpinning knowledge.

Assessment should be conducted over time and may, where appropriate, be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency.

Contexts of Assessment

Assessment may occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with relevant process equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Unit context

OHS requirements include legislation, building codes, material safety management systems, hazardous substances and dangerous goods code and local safe operating procedures

Work is carried out in accordance with legislative obligations, environmental legislation, relevant health regulations, manual handling procedures and organisation insurance requirements

Work requires individuals to demonstrate some discretion, judgement and problem solving skills during the process of dismantling of furniture and/or furnishings

Furniture and/or furnishings may include but are not limited to:




wall units


side tables


Work can involve dismantling and re-assembling of furniture for repair and restoration

Tools and equipment may include, but are not limited to:

measuring tapes or rulers


rubber mallet



shifting spanner


socket set

hacksaw and blades


timber wedges

long nose pliers

power drill/screwdrivers

air compressor and hoses

Materials to be used may include but are not limited to:


manufactured board







Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment is to include that prescribed under legislation, regulations and enterprise policies and practices

Information and procedures

Workplace procedures relating to the use of tools and equipment

Work instructions, including job sheets, plans, drawings and designs

Workplace procedures relating to reporting and communication

Manufacturer specifications and operational procedures


Unit sector

Furniture Finishing

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.