The Furnishing Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing, has reviewed and selected Certificate III and entry-level pathways qualifications in the MSF Furnishing Training Package to meet workforce upskilling demands and reflect current and emerging industry skills in line with the Case for Change for Furniture Finishing and Cabinet Making and Pathways.


Current Status

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved MSF Release 7.0 Furnishing, Cabinet Making and Pathways Project in August 2022 andreceived Ministerial endorsement. The training package components are now available on the National Register of VET,

Thank you to all our Technical Advisory Committees, Industry experts and the Furnishing IRC who gave so freely of their time to shape the changes. Thank you also to all stakeholders who provided comment throughout the project. 

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Due to the impact of workforce changes, technological advancements and new emerging skills, and job roles and tasks that have been significantly affected as a result, it is important for industry to review and redevelop the cabinet making qualifications to better meet industry best practice and skills needs. Duplication, repetition and obsolete content in the training package in the areas of furniture finishing and cabinet making, and pathways will be removed.

Units of competency will also be reviewed to ensure they align with the Standards for Training Packages 2012 and meet industry best practice.

Stage 1

  • Seven qualifications:
    • MSF10113 Certificate I in Furnishing
    • MSF20113 Certificate II in Furnishing
    • MSF20213 Certificate II in Furniture Finishing
    • MSF30113 Certificate III in Furniture Finishing
    • MSF30613 Certificate III in Soft Furnishing
    • MSF30713 Certificate III in Upholstery
    • MSF31213 Certificate III in Piano Technology
  • 106 units
  • One skill set:
    • MSFSS00001 Piano Tuning Skill Set.

Stage 2

  • Five qualifications:
    • MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making
    • MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways
    • MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making
    • MSF30213 Certificate III in Furniture Making
    • MSF30313 Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining
  • 58 units
  • Three skill sets:
    • MSFSS00004 Kitchen and Bathroom Installer License
    • MSFSS00005 Fitted Furniture Installer
    • MSFSS00006 Fitted Furniture Estimator.

Public consultation on Draft 1, Stages 1 and 2 of the training package components ran from Monday 22 March to Friday 16 April 2021. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback, which has been reviewed in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committees.

Feedback was very robust and specific across all the industries and the related qualifications. It was in alignment with industry changes and future growth opportunities which allow us to work at futureproofing components to meet ongoing industry needs and skills.  The feedback also focused on industry currency and streamlining to ensure the projects purpose, content, assessment meet the training and skilling needs of industry.

Most industry stakeholders agreed with the proposal to create a combined Certificate III covering cabinet making and other timber technology fields, but there was also a strong insistence on retaining separate trade identities and on meeting the specific training needs of each subsector. In response, we are working with industry to strengthen each specialisation – furniture making, kitchen and bathrooms, wood machining, and marine cabinetry. The process leads to us reviewing and consulting further in Draft 2.

Draft 1 consultation sought feedback on the draft units of competencyskill sets and qualifications. The Consultation Papers provided key information about the proposed changes.

Public consultation on draft 2 of training package components ran from Wednesday, 3 November to Wednesday 17 November 2021. On behalf of the IRC, IBSA thanks everyone who provided feedback on the proposed changes.  


The proposed Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology merges 3 existing Certificate III qualifications: Cabinet Making, Furniture Making, and Timber and Composites Machining.  

There was feedback from some stakeholders that this merger increases the likelihood of training being delivered in lower-enrolment sectors and that the core units are a good collection of shared competencies across these sectors. Some stakeholders from the wood machining industry have raised concern about the merger and the proposed name for their specialisation. A decision on this will be made by the IRC in the near future. 

It was proposed in draft 2 that the Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathway (which is delivered in schools) be merged into the new Certificate II in Furnishing Industry and that the new merged qualification would minimise disruption to those delivering the qualification by allowing the same unit packaging to occur. However, there has been strong feedback from consultation that a separate qualification should be retained. Again, a decision on this will be made by the IRC in the near future.   

The structure of other qualification in the project were generally supported by all stakeholders. 

Units of competency 

Feedback has indicated that unit content is understandable and unambiguous and that the performance and knowledge evidence required for assessment is generally appropriate.  Feedback on specific unit content has been very useful, and most changes suggested by industry and training stakeholders are expected to be implemented.  

Next stages 

Approvals and advice will be sought from the IRC and state training authorities. Components have been through an editorial and equity review, followed by quality assurance from an external assessor. The final versions of training package components are expected to be submitted to the AISC for approval at their meeting in April 2022. 

Draft 2 consultation sought feedback on the draft units of competencyskill sets and qualifications. The Consultation Papers provided key information about the proposed changes.

Training package projects are overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and supported by a project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). They guide the project and provide industry expertise for developing the components. All projects are then referred to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval.