Cabinetmaking Competition

Cabinetmakers make and repair wooden fixtures and furniture. They work from designs and specifications to measure, cut, join and carve wood and other timber materials with a wide variety of hand and power tools and equipment, including static machinery, to produce objects of both practical and aesthetic value.

YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN CABINETMAKING IF YOU:

  • Have an interest in numeracy, accuracy and project planning
  • Would like to work with tools
  • Have an interest in furniture and furniture design
  • Would like to work on different projects throughout your career

IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

The WorldSkills Australia Cabinetmaking Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Cabinetmaking Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Cabinetmaking Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

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The Cabinetmaking Competition is supported by:

Training Package Requirements

The WorldSkills Australia Cabinetmaking Competitions are aligned to the MSF Furnishing National Training Package.

Regional Competition

The WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in Cabinetmaking is aligned to the following Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the MSF 31113 Certificate 3 in Cabinetmaking Qualification:

  • MSMWHS200 – Work safely
  • MSFGN2001 – Make measurements and calculations
  • MSFFM2001 – Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
  • MSFFF2004 – Prepare surfaces for finishing
  • MSFFM2002 – Assemble furnishing components
  • MSFFM2006 – Hand make timber joints
  • MSFFM2010 – Set up and operate basic static machines
  • MSFGN3001 – Read and interpret work documents

Regional Tasks

  • Read and interpreting work documents
  • Work safely
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Hand make timber joints
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Assemble furnishing components
  • Set up and operate basic static machines
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in Cabinetmaking is aligned to the following Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the MSF 31113 Certificate 3 in Cabinetmaking Qualification.

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • MSMSUP102 – Communicate in the workplace
  • MSFFM2003 – Select and apply hardware
  • MSFFM2005 – Join solid timber
  • MSFFM2011 – Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
  • MSFFM3005 – Fabricate custom furniture
  • MSFFM3002 – Construct furniture using leg and rail method
  • MSFFM3010 – Prepare cutting list from plans and job specification

National Tasks

The tasks involved include:

  • Work safely
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
  • Fabricate custom furniture
  • Construct furniture using leg and rail method
  • Prepare cutting list from plans and job specification
  • Set up and operate basic static machines
  • Read and interpret work documents
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Assemble furnishing components
  • Select and apply hardware
  • Join solid timber

National Competition Duration

18 hours – 3 days

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