This qualification has been developed to assist with standardization across the furniture industry. This will allow persons to achieve recognition as a furniture finisher and lay a foundation for future career advancement across similar trades and to supervisory and management qualifications within the sector.
The combination of learning outcomes that comprise this qualification will provide the qualifying learner with vocational knowledge and skills appropriate to the context of furniture manufacturing. The learner will have an understanding of the furniture industry and how he or she should operate within the legislative, safety and quality systems which govern the workplace. It will also equip learners with a foundation for further intellectual development, opportunities for gainful employment and reward for contributions to society.
This qualification has been developed for mobility across similar trades within the furniture industry.
This qualification will allow learners access to the National Certificate in Furniture Making (Specialism) at NQF level 4, as well as providing a foundation for learning in the construction industry in the area of carpentry and joinery – vertical and horizontal articulation.
The structure of the qualification allows a worker in the furniture industry to gain skills in any or all of the four key disciplines (wood machining, cabinet making, finishing, upholstery) without the need for a separate qualification – horizontal articulation.
Horizontal articulation also exists with National Certificates in other furniture manufacturing trades, for example Coffin Making.