VCE VET Furnishing

The VCE VET Furnishing program is drawn from a national training package and offers a qualification which is recognised throughout Australia. This program prepares students for further training in a range of furnishing industries, such as cabinet making, wood machining, polishing, upholstery and picture framing.

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The VCE VET Furnishing program was redeveloped in 2016. From 2017, all students commencing the VCE VET Furnishing qualification will enrol in:

  • MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways: includes units such as sustainability and furnishing industry careers, upholstery, making timber joints, basic design, hand and power tools, furniture assembly and a furniture making project.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Victoria involve the student undertaking the VCE or VCAL as well as being employed part-time. A list of approved qualifications for specific industry areas is available at

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Credit in the VCE or VCAL

  • MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways: recognition of two units at Units 1 and 2, and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Note: The Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Furnishing is not designed as a stand-alone study. Students are strongly advised against undertaking the Units 3 and 4 sequence without first completing Units 1 and 2.

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ATAR Contribution

Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Furnishing must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.

Where a student elects not to receive a study score for VCE VET Furnishing, no contribution to the ATAR will be available.

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information can be found on the VTAC website:

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Scored Assessment

Scored assessment is available for MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways.

Students wishing to receive a study score for VCE VET Furnishing must undertake scored assessment. This consists of three coursework tasks, worth 66% of the overall study score and an end of year examination, worth 34% of the overall study score.

Scored assessment is based on the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Furnishing.

Materials for Scored Assessment

  • VCE VET Assessment Guide (February 2010): (docx - 774kb)
    This Assessment Guide is for all VCE VET scored programs and contains background information relating to VCE VET study scores. It contains an overview of study score assessment, the process of integrating study scores with competency based assessment and detailed advice regarding the development and assessment of coursework tasks. This Assessment Guide also contains generic templates, scoring criteria and other coursework assessment records. Program specific assessment advice for revised VCE VET scored programs will be published annually on each of the individual webpages for VCE VET programs.
  • VCE VET Furnishing Assessment Plan Template and Sample (January 2019): (docx - 94kb)
  • VCE VET Scoring Criteria Sheets: (doc - 158kb)
  • VET Coursework Assessment Record (VCAR): (doc - 159kb)
  • Frameworks for task types are a guide to the four task types in scored VCE VET programs:

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Program information

  • VCE VET Furnishing Program Booklet (January 2019): (docx - 127kb)
    The VCE VET Furnishing Program Booklet should be read in conjunction with the MSF Furnishing Training Package
  • VCE VET Program Guide 2018 (January 2018): (docx - 119.13kb)
    The VCE VET Program Guide provides general advice about the VCAA's suite of VCE VET programs. It is to be read in conjunction with the VCE VET Furnishing program booklet.

Program updates and further information

Continuous improvement: During the life of qualification/s there may be occasions when changes are made to reflect feedback from users or to include the latest industry practices. This process is called continuous improvement. When continuous improvement impacts on the VCE VET Furnishing program, advice will be published in the VCAA Bulletin and notification provided on the VCAA website Please visit the VCAA Bulletin subscription webpage

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Past VCE Examinations and Examination Reports

  • VCE VET Furnishing
    • Examination specifications and advice
    • Past examinations and examination reports