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Cabinetmakers build, finish, install and repair custom or production-type fixtures and furniture made of wood or wood substitutes.

To build typical wood units such as cabinets and custom-made products, cabinetmakers:

  • discuss projects with customers and draw-up detailed specifications,
  • estimate the amount of time and material needed, and the cost,
  • create detailed drawings and provide shop drawings,
  • make layouts and patterns,
  • select the wood or other materials involved in the project,
  • set-up and operate woodworking equipment,
  • program and operate Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) equipment,
  • measure, cut, shape and mold pieces of a project,
  • apply veneer or plastic laminates to substrates,
  • assemble the project by gluing, clamping, dowelling, nailing and screwing pieces together,
  • scrape and sand wood surfaces,
  • apply a finish such as paint, stain, varnish or lacquer,
  • polish finished surfaces,
  • repair or refinish wooden furniture and fixtures,
  • install cabinetry and millwork, and
  • manage the selection and installation of hardware.

Those authorized to perform the restricted activities of this designated trade include:

  • Sponsored Apprentices,
  • Certified Journeypersons
  • Individuals deemed qualified by their employer, and
  • Self-Employed individuals.

For complete information, see Restricted Activities and Classes of Individuals.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for a cabinetmaker is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1360 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of classroom instruction each year.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Advanced Diploma).
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on:

Work Experience

The requirements for a Cabinetmaker are:

  • A minimum of 72 months AND 8,160 hours of work experience.
  • A successful theory exam.
  • A successful practical exam ($160.00).

Recognized Credentials

The requirements for a Cabinetmaker are:

  • A valid recognized credential from another jurisdiction.
  • A successful theory exam.
  • A successful practical exam ($160.00).

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit
Related Trades

Applicants with an Alberta or recognized trade certificate in one of the following trades may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship or Trades Qualifier program requirements.

  • Carpenter

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guide Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.


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