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

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available


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 the use of standard, yet modern, tools and technology.

In this program, you take your love of wood and turn it into a marketable skill. You learn entry-level skills, shop safety and fine joinery 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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • There's 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.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.
  • After gaining work experience, some cabinetmakers challenge the apprenticeship Red Seal exam to become a journeyperson in the Cabinetmaker trade.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn from faculty who bring hands-on experience in cabinetmaking industry to the classroom. They also serve as your career mentor.

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.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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 1016   Introduction to Drafting Software for Trades
CABC 1017   Introduction to Blueprints
CABC 1020   Foundations of Entrepreneurship for Cabinetmakers
CABC 1021   Casework II
CABC 1030   Kitchen Anatomy and Installation
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
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection

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