Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform manufacture and repair of a wide range of musical instruments, including design, materials selection/purchase and related business skills.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The LMF40308 Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair reflects vocational outcomes for those performing a broad range of skilled applications in musical instrument making and repair including requirements to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices, and provision of some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of the skills

This qualification is typically used to develop skills and a breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge in musical instrument making and repair techniques and processes that cover a broad range of varied activities or applications in a wide variety of contexts, most of which are complex and non-routine. Leadership and guidance would be involved when organising self and others as well as contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMF31408 Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making and Repair or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification may include relevant Furnishing Diploma qualifications and relevant supervisory, management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the LMF40308 Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair, competency must be achieved in nineteen (19) units of competency.

five (5) core units of competency

fourteen (14) elective units of competency.

Note: Where prerequisite units apply, these have been listed, and must be considered in the total number of units.


Complete all five (5) units from this list.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team


Select fourteen (14) units from Groups A, B, C and D as specified below with a minimum of eleven (11) units in total from Groups A, B and C

Group A

Select a minimum of one (1) unit from Group A.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFMI4001A

Repair acoustic guitars

add topic LMFMI4002A

Repair electric guitars

add topic LMFMI4003A

Repair special stringed instruments

add topic LMFMI4004A

Repair stringed instruments

Group B

Select a minimum of six (6) units from Group B.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFDN4001B

Produce drawings from design concepts

add topic LMFDN4002B

Produce line and component production drawings

add topic LMFDN4003B

Produce patterns and/or templates

add topic LMFDN5001B

Generate and transfer complex computer-aided drawings and specifications

add topic LMFFM4005A

Hand carve wood to custom design

add topic LMFFM4006A

Construct joints for custom furniture

add topic LMFFM4007A

Produce curved and shaped components for custom furniture

add topic LMFFM4008A

Produce timber veneered components for custom furniture

add topic LMFFT4009B

Match furnishing style/materials to customer requirements

add topic LMFFT4010B

Identify and calculate production costs

add topic LMFFT4011B

Purchase materials and consumables

add topic LMFFT4012B

Prepare a tender submission

add topic LMFFT5011B

Develop, trial and evaluate prototypes

add topic LMFPF4002B

Determine and apply gilding techniques

Group C

Select a maximum of three (3) units from Group C

Unit code

Unit title


add topic BSBSMB401A

Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic BSBSMB402A

Plan small business finances

add topic BSBSMB403A

Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB404A

Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBSMB405A

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances

add topic BSBSMB407A

Manage a small team

add topic CULMS010B

Contribute to the preservation of cultural material

add topic CUVCOR04B

Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse

add topic CUVCOR09B

Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept

add topic CUVDSP07B

Research and apply techniques for graphic design

add topic CUVICS04B

Originate and develop a concept

add topic CUVVSP02B

Research and experiment with techniques to produce calligraphy

add topic MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Group D

Up to four (4) relevant units may be chosen from other units not already selected from Group A, B or C (noting maximum 3 from Group C), or units available in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses. Those units must be aligned at Certificate III level (maximum 2 units), Certificate IV level or Diploma level (maximum 2 units).

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses via Group D must be relevant to the qualification outcome and not duplicate units available within this qualification.

If Competitive Manufacturing units are chosen (identified as MSACM in the code), these should only be selected on the basis of work requirements.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


organise and understand information related to work orders, plans and safety procedures

organise and understand detailed technical information related to the materials and the products used in and related to musical instrument making and repairs

communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications, coordination of work with other workers and customers, and the reporting of work outcomes and problems

maintain records related to product and materials quality


work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity


use pre-checking and inspection techniques to ensure the tools are serviceable and ready to use

use checking and inspection techniques to ensure instruments comply with specifications and that instances of non-compliance are remedied

identify, anticipate and respond to faults in timber and/or seasoning processes

identify, anticipate and respond to the problems related to timber and material properties

identify and analyse faults in instruments

select and apply the most appropriate instrument maintenance and repair techniques

identify, anticipate and respond to the impact of the instruments properties on the product (music)

Initiative and enterprise

recognise and respond to circumstances outside instructions or personal competence

Planning and organising

plan and organise activities including the preparation and layout of own worksite and the obtaining and use of tools and materials to avoid any backtracking, work flow interruptions or wastage during the production cycle

use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and volume, and estimate other material requirements


clarify and confirm specified work instructions

plan work within given task parameters

apply systematic and effective time management

accept responsibility for given tasks

set, monitor and satisfy personal work goals


satisfy the competency requirements for the job

maintain current knowledge of instrument making and repairing tools and production materials

maintain current knowledge of instruments making and repairing processes and techniques

seek learning opportunities


use the workplace technology related to the selection, preparation and use of instrument products and materials including hand and power tools, calculators, measuring devices and technical support systems