The Furnishing Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is reviewing 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

IBSA Manufacturing is working on the Round 2 components with key stakeholders. Release 8.0 of the MSF Cabinet Making and Pathways Training Package is currently being prepared for the next round of consultation in October – November 2021.

For more information contact: Demmi Paris, Industry Engagement Partner on  (03) 9815 7099 or email [email protected]

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.

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.