MSF30513 Certificate III in Picture Framing

This qualification provides a trade outcome in Picture Framing. It has core unit requirements that cover common skills for the Furniture Making industry, as well as specialist field of work.
The industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units to be delivered in this context.

To meet current industry needs we offer the Choice of 3 elective units in Digital Printing and Business Administration.

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Course Information

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Employment Pathways

Picture Framer Trades Person

Entry Requirements

Individuals must hold industry experience prior to entering the qualification and or currently be employed in a permanent part time or full time capacity.

Course Units

Core Units: 14 core units

MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
MSMSUP106 Work in a team
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations
MSFPF2001 Use picture framing sector hand and power tools
MSFPF2002 Cut mouldings to length
MSFPF2003 Join mouldings
MSFPF2004 Mount artwork
MSFPF2005 Cut mat boards
MSFPF2006 Cut and handle glazing materials for framing
MSFPF3001 De-frame artwork
MSFPF3005 Recognise and handle artwork for framing
MSFPF3006 Prepare design requirements for framing

Elective units: Choose only 7 units

ICPPRN384 Set up and produce basic digital print
BSBCUS301 provide and monitor a service to customers
MSFPF2008 Recognise and repair finishes of framing materials
MSFPF3002 Decorate mat boards
MSFPF3003 Set up and operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines for picture framing work
MSFPF3004 Prepare textiles for framing
MSFPF3007 Apply frame finishes
MSFPF3008 Assemble a complex artwork package
MSFPF3009 Install artwork


36 Months (3 years)

Delivery Mode

workplace based / face to face/ online.

Assessment Method

A range of assessment strategies is employed for this training program and the choice of strategy is dependent on the nature of the unit of competency. Strategies include demonstrations, observation, projects, presentations, knowledge tests, reports and interviews.


NSW & QLD all regions - we come to you.

Materials Required - All students must have access to a workplace that has personal protective equipment in place, including
appropriate head attire and suitable tools of the trade and Internet access.

Education Pathways - After successful completion of this qualification, students may gain access to higher level qualifications in the Furnishing Training Package or University programs.

Course Credit - Students may seek to have a unit(s) of competency formally recognised by credit transfer or recognition of prior learning RPL. Duration of study may be Shortened where credit(s) are obtained.

QLD Fees and Funding - The course is subsidised by the State and Federal government . There is a student contribution fee Payable by the trainee or employer of approximately $1350 in QLD depending on elective units chosen.

NSW Fees and Funding - The student fees for apprenticeship qualifications are capped at $2000. Under the fee free apprenticeships strategy, eligible apprentices that commence training on or after 1 July 2018 will be fee free. You may be eligible for fee free apprenticeship training, contact RTA to discuss your eligibility.

Concessions and Exemption - Ask us about the concessions or exemptions eligibility for this course-  NSW concessions

Who is a Candidate for an apprenticeship - Apprentices in the Picture Framing industry include experienced workers who have not achieved a trade qualification, School based apprentices & young people new to full time work. Regional Trade Assessments are managing Picture Framing apprentices of all ages and most of our learners are mature age workers. Typically these people have many years of experience in the industry and have never had the opportunity to gain a trade qualification.
We encourage employers to consider staff for a qualification who are mature age and have gained skills on the job. Recognition of Prior Learning RPL can be applied to shorten the study period for these people. The Framing Industry is currently classed as skills shortage (priority one). The government assistance in the form of funded courses and employer incentive programs, is designed to increase the number of qualified people in the industry and maintain skills levels into the future.

Learn more about the Government incentives programs here.