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False Bay College Engineering

National Certificate:
Furniture Making (Wood) NQF LEVEL 2-3


Westlake Campus
About this programme


Candidates registering in this programme will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to work effectively in the furniture manufacturing industry. Typical students will be workers in the furniture industry.

The qualification will be useful to both new entrants into the industry, and existing workers in the sector.

For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification can be used in the recognition of prior learning process to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training.

For the new entrant, this qualification describes the learning outcomes required to effectively participate in a structured workplace.

For employers, this qualification enables skills gaps to be identified and addressed ensuring that productivity levels are increased, and business objectives achieved.

Minimum Admission requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

  • Grade 9 Certificate or NQF Level 1 equivalent
  • You will be required to complete a Career, Mathematics and English (PACE) assessment in order to apply for this programme
Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

Upon completion of this programme, qualifying students will be able to:

  • Identify and solve problems in relation to the production of furniture within their work area
  • Communicate and work effectively with colleagues and supervisors, so
    that furniture production processes are carried out safely and to the required standard
  • Demonstrate scientific and technological competence in the carrying out of furniture production processes
  • Organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively to ensure work is carried out according to quality and performance requirements, without compromising safety for self and colleagues
  • Understand the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation, that when performing furniture making operations that they do not pose a safety risk and that failure to maintain rate and quality of production will negatively impact upon all parts of the furniture production cycle

Typical job roles and purpose:

  • Semi-skilled finisher – Assisting skilled wood finisher
  • Semi-skilled upholsterer – Assisting skilled upholsterer
  • Semi-skilled wood machinist – Assisting skilled wood machinist
  • Semi-skilled cabinet maker – Assisting skilled cabinet maker


  • 1 year full-time per Level
  • 6 months at College and 6 months in the workplace
Course Content

Course content


Core Unit Standards

  • Apply health and safety to a work area
  • Comply with good housekeeping practices
  • Read and interpret basic engineering drawings


  • Access and use information from texts
  • Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life-related problems
  • Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems
  • Maintain and adapt oral communication
  • Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in two-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life
  • Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems
  • Write for a defined context


  • Develop and use keyboard skills to enter text
  • Cover prepared frame using basic upholstery hand tools
  • Perform breakout operations
  • Perform hand polishing operations
  • Perform wood finishing operations by conventional spraying
  • Prepare and perform the pre-covering upholstery process
  • Prepare final covering for prepared upholstery frames
  • Prepare products for hand staining
  • Produce basic hand-crafted furniture
  • Produce machine sanded timber and board product components and products
  • Produce planed timber product components and products
  • Produce sawn timber and board product components and products
  • Produce straight laminated timber and board components


Core Unit Standards

  • Read, interpret and produce basic engineering drawings
  • Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures


  • Demonstrate the ability to use electronic mail software to send and receive messages
  • Operate a personal computer system
  • Use personal computer operating system
  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations
  • Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in two-and three-dimensional space in different contexts
  • Interpret and use information from texts
  • Investigate life and work-related problems using data and probabilities
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues
  • Write texts for a range of communicative contexts


  • Apply specialist decorative effects and finish to furniture by spraying
  • Carry out multi-lay fabric cutting
  • Complete crafted furniture
  • Cover prepared frame
  • Identify and carry out repairs to finishing damage on products
  • Lay veneers and hand fit inlays
  • Machine sew covers for upholstered items
  • Make and maintain jigs and templates
  • Perform wood finishing operations using airless and air mix spraying equipment
  • Prepare buttons and deep button furniture items
  • Prepare veneers
  • Produce bored timber and board product components and products
  • Produce curved laminated timber and board components
  • Produce edge banded components and products
  • Produce jointed timber and composite board product components and products
  • Produce modern carcasses, doors and drawers
  • Produce profiled timber and board product components and products
  • Produce turned timber components and products
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