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. The Case for Change was approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), with the request that the project be completed in two phases. Training package development work will proceed following agreement on the following staged approach.

  • Stage 1: Furniture finishing
  • Stage 2: Cabinet making and pathways.



Round 1 Public Consultation now open

Draft 1 public consultation runs from 22 March – 16 April for Stages 1 and 2.

Changes reflect the importance of emerging technologies while ensuring an appropriate balance between traditional trade and digital skills. These changes respond to the need for multi-skilled workers and skills in customer engagement, sustainable manufacturing, compliance and STEM. In particular, industry identified the opportunity to investigate the possibility of combining similar qualifications to recognise skills commonalities, as well as inclusion of a marine fit-out pathway in the updated Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Solid Timber.

We are seeking feedback on proposed changes made to the draft units of competency and qualifications in the MSF Furnishing Training Package. Prior to providing feedback, please refer to the Consultation Papers which provide key information about the proposed changes. The consultation papers and Draft 1 components can be found here.

Please email your feedback to [email protected] by 16 April 2021.

If you would like to discuss proposed changes, register below for our Zoom webinars.

Pathway Quals Cert I & Cert II

Cabinet making

Furniture Finishing FF/FM/SF/Upholstery & Piano Tech

*NOTE: AEDT ends on the 4 April 2021. 

Note: All feedback is important, whether you’re letting us know you agree with the proposed changes or you’re providing suggested changes.

Why we are reviewing it

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.

What we are reviewing

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.

Governance and methodology

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.

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For more information contact:

Demmi Paris | Industry Engagement Partner
P: (03) 9815 7099 | E: [email protected]