Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making and Maintenance

Course code: 22305VIC

The aim of this qualification is to provide the skills and knowledge for a musical instrument maker to design, make, and repair quality musical instruments. After an extensive OH&S program, incorporating theory and workshop induction, students will build an electric guitar neck, a Cajon (percussion instrument), a xylophone, repair a snare drum and a clarinet, make a flageolet, a traverse flute and an electric slide guitar. In the second year the students build a tenor ukulele, a tenor acoustic guitar and a solid body electric guitar.

Are you suitable?
Consider this course if you:

  • Enjoy working with music and sound
  • Like working with your hands
  • Are creative
  • Like to design and are keen to gain skills in reading designs
  • Enjoy music and musical instruments

For more information about the course, download the Information Booklet.

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  • Sample competencies covered in Year 1 include:
    • Make percussion instruments
    • Make electric guitars
    • Make aerophone instruments
  • Sample competencies covered in Year 2 include:
    • Make special stringed instruments
    • Maintain and service woodwind instruments
    • Apply surface coatings by hand

Northern College of the Arts and Technology

Northern College of the Arts and Technology
RTO Number: 6736

Year 1 | Wednesdays | 9.00am – 3.15pm
Year 2 | Wednesdays | 9.00am – 3.15pm

Part Time / Face to Face

This is a two year course.

Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

80 hours of work placement (over two years) is recommended.

Contact the VET Coordinator at your Secondary College for specific information regarding your College’s application process. Your VET Coordinator and/or staff from your Secondary College will assist you with planning for your VCE or VCAL certificate and will advise you where a VET Course fits within this plan. They will also give you information about travel arrangements and any costs associated with VET Courses.

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VCAL: This program contributes to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand.

VCE: Certificate III qualifications provide credit at VCE units 1 to 4 level. Each completed 90 nominal hours of training provides one VCE unit of credit. Credit accrues in the following sequence: Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 3 and 4 up to a maximum of six VCE units.

ATAR: This subject does not have a study score and therefore cannot contribute towards the student’s primary four. Students who receive a Units 3 & 4 sequence may be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest result of your primary four scaled studies).
Please note the student must already have English and three other fully scored VCE/VET subjects to create the primary four.

With additional training and experience, possible future career opportunities include:

  • Working with music, theatre repair and design for quality musical instruments
  • Retail in musical instruments
  • Manufacturing of musical instruments
  • Replicating period instruments for period music
  • Touring music group technician
  • Maintaining music instruments in store

Students must wear closed shoes and a protective coat.