Cabinetmaker

Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their program path. Details on the transition can be found via SkilledTradesBC, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.

Cabinetmakers (also know as "Joiners") build, repair and re-style wooden furniture, cabinets, fixtures and other products. There are many similarities with the Carpentry trade, however joinery tends to be more specialized. Using architectural drawings, Cabinetmakers often operate woodworking machines to cut and form parts, which they then assemble into finished products. Some specialize in custom-made furniture. Preparation of cost estimates is often a key skill and responsibility. Increasingly, Cabinetmakers are tasked with installing pre-manufactured cabinets and fixtures.

Cabinetmaker is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal program.

Recommendations

Good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, mathematical aptitude and good conceptual skills.

 

Education recommendation: Grade 10 or equivalent (Grade 12 is preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.

 

The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 6 weeks (180 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,480 hours of work-based training. Refer to SkilledTradesBC for full details.

PROGRAM TYPES

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Aug 19 2024Feb 21 2025

Cabinetmaker (Joiner) Foundation (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Aug 26 2024Jun 27 2025

Joiner

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North Island College

Port Alberni - Tebo

Sep 03 2024May 15 2025

Furniture Design and Joinery Foundation

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Sep 03 2024May 22 2025

Cabinet Maker (Joiner)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 07 2024Apr 11 2025

Cabinetmaker (Joiner) Foundation (Harmonized)

Institution

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Date

Program

Contact

BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Feb 24 2025Aug 15 2025

Cabinetmaker (Joiner) Foundation (Harmonized)

INSTITUTIONS THAT OFFER THE PROGRAM BUT HAVE NO ACTIVELY SCHEDULED INTAKES BEFORE APRIL 2025

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Program

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Joinery (Cabinetmaker) Foundation