Learn all aspects of cabinetmaking – identifying and selecting wood, reading drawings, operating woodworking machines and practising the basic arts of cabinetry.

Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Cabinetmaking begins with a love of wood and an eye for detail. Modern cabinetmaking combines the accumulated knowledge of hundreds of years of traditional woodworking, with cutting edge modern tools and technology.

In this program, you take your love of wood and turn it into a marketable skill. You learn all aspects of the trade: from identifying and selecting wood stock to reading drawings and operating woodworking machines. You receive instruction and hands-on practise in the basic arts of cabinetry, including shaping and cutting wood, assembling components, installing fasteners and hardware and working on the preparation of articles for finishing, including the application of different types of decorative and protective finishes.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Highlight"We will use creative problem-solving and work with technology."
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    Why Take It"See the transformation of raw material into useful, elegant items."
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    Highlight"Building two Oak Sling Chairs for a local charity auction."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn from faculty who bring hands-on experience in cabinetmaking and the carpentry industry, to the classroom. They also serve as your career mentor.
  • Obtain work experience and prepare to advance your skills. After gaining work experience, some cabinetmakers challenge the apprenticeship Red Seal exam to become a journeyperson in the Cabinetmaker trade. Others go on to complete the Provincial Apprenticeship Program in the Carpenter trade.

Employment Opportunities

  • There is a steady and increasing demand for highly skilled cabinetmakers.
  • You may start up a small business specializing in woodworking and cabinetmaking.
  • You may work for established companies and use your woodworking skills to make cabinets or repair and assemble furniture. Cabinetmakers also manufacture and install other wood products, such as doors, windows and other millwork.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Red Seal – Cabinetmaker is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada, where the trade is designated, without having to write further examinations.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CABC 1000   Cabinet Shop Safety
CABC 1001   Hand and Portable Power Tools
CABC 1002   Materials
CABC 1003   Math for Cabinetmakers
CABC 1005   Woodworking Machines
CABC 1006   Finishing Techniques
CABC 1008   Production Machinery
CABC 1009   Casework I
CABC 1014   Introduction to Marine Joinery
CABC 1016   Introduction to Drafting Software for Trades
CABC 1017   Introduction to Blueprints
CABC 1020   Foundations of Entrepreneurship for Cabinetmakers
CABC 1021   Casework II
CABC 1100   Work Experience
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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