Cabinetmaker (Apprenticeship)

Please note:

Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD). For more information on apprenticeship training contact your local Employment Ontario apprenticeship office.

To effectively participate in this program, students must have reliable Internet access and a device that meets these requirements.

Program description

This 720-hour program, consisting of three 240-hour levels, is designed to provide you with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of cabinetmaking, as well as the practical training necessary to complement your on-the-job training experience. Completion of this program confers the graduate an Ontario College Certificate titled Manufacturing Techniques - Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship.For more information, please visit the Woodworking Centre of Ontario website.

Program details

Code: 0705
Delivery: Apprenticeship
Length: 720 hours
Start: Varies
Campus: Kitchener - Doon
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program contacts


Academic school

Engineering & Technology

Fees & payment

  • Fees are set by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
  • Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional. For details, visit Orientation & support.
  • Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Awards & scholarships

Conestoga College's Student Financial Services administers many awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants. Information and application forms for numerous awards, bursaries and scholarships are administered by Student Financial Services.

Many program-specific awards are administered by individual programs. Students should speak to their faculty or program coordinators about additional awards available in their program specific areas.

Courses

Level 1

Course details

Materials I
CBNT1020

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course the apprentice is able to describe the types, characteristics, processing and applications of lumber and wood materials used in the trade in accordance with the National Hardwood Lumber Association standards and Canadian Softwood Guidelines.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Hand Tools and Portable Power Tools Theory
CBNT1035

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, you able to describe the use and maintainance of hand tools and portable power tools in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers’ recommendations and industry standards. You will also be able explain how to work safely, protecting yourself and others once in a shop environment.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Stationary Machines and Safety Theory
CBNT1045

Description:

This course provides you the theoretical knowledge related to the safe set-up, operation and production sequences on stationary machines in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers’ recommendations and industry standards.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Cabinet Construction Theory I
CBNT1080

Description:

This course provides you with the theory behind basic cabinet design and construction principles in accordance with government safety regulations and acceptable industry standards.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Trade Practice I
CBNT1090

Description:

This shop-based courses enables you to develop skills using hand and portable power tools, as well as stationary and production machinery, in order to perform basic cabinet design and construction procedures.

  • Hours: 105
  • Credits: 5
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Trade Drawings and Layout I
DRWG1240

Description:

Upon successful completion of this reportable subject, the apprentice is able to produce drawings and layouts in accordance with the requirements of trade related projects and industry standards.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Applied Trade Calculations
MATH1470

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to solve trade related calculations in accordance with requirements of the specified trade related task.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Level 2

Course details

Cutting Tool Theory
CBNT2010

Description:

Upon successful completion the apprentice will be able to describe the fundamentals of cutting tool geometry as applied to the use of machines for sawing, shaping, routing, drilling and cutting of wood components.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Materials II
CBNT2020

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to describe the types, manufacturing methods and applications of veneer, plywood and composite materials in accordance with the manufacturers’ procedures and industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Stationary Machines Theory
CBNT2035

Description:

This course builds on the content from Level 1 and develops further theoretical knowledge related to the safe set-up, operation and production sequences on stationary machines in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers’ recommendations and industry standards.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Finishing I
CBNT2055

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to perform cabinet and furniture finishing operations in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations, government safety regulations and acceptable industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Cabinet Construction Theory II
CBNT2060

Description:

This course provides you with additional theory beyond Level 1 behind basic cabinet design and construction principles in accordance with government safety regulations and acceptable industry standards.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Trade Practice II
CBNT2070

Description:

This shop-based courses enables you to further develop your skills in cabinet / furniture construction and assembly techniques in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations, government safety regulations and acceptable industry standards.

  • Hours: 105
  • Credits: 5
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Trade Drawings and Layouts II
DRWG2020

Description:

Produce and interpret trade related drawings, layouts, templates, patterns and project cost estimates in accordance with cabinet or furniture making project specifications, acceptable industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 3

Course details

Stationary Machines Level 3
CBNT3010

Description:

Upon successful completion of the reportable subject, the apprentice is able to operate, troubleshoot and maintain stationary machines in accordance with the manufacturers' procedures and industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Cabinet Construction Level 3
CBNT3020

Description:

Upon successful completion of the reportable subject, the apprentice is able to produce a cabinet/furniture construction project in accordance with the government safety regulations, manufacturers' recommendations and industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 77
  • Credits: 5
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Finishing Level 3
CBNT3035

Description:

Upon successful completion of the reportable subject, the apprentice is able to perform cabinet and furniture-finishing operations in accordance with manufacturers' recommendations, government safety regulations and acceptable industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Production Sequences Level 3
CBNT3040

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course the reportable subject, the apprentice is able to perform production sequences and describe workplace productivity and efficiency issues in accordance with the manufacturers' procedures and industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 3
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Site Installation Level 3
CBNT3050

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course the reportable subject, the apprentice is able to outline the site installation procedures in accordance with the government safety regulations, manufacturers' recommendations and industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Trade Drawings and Layouts Level 3
DRWG3080

Description:

Upon successful completion of the reportable subject, the apprentice is able to produce layouts, drawings, blueprints and estimates in accordance with the manufacturers' procedures and industry specifications and standards.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Program outcomes

  1. Complete cabinetmaking projects and tasks in compliance with health and safety regulations and woodworking industry standards.
  2. Select and use the appropriate types and applications of joints and fastening used in the construction of cabinetmaking and industrial woodworking to ensure solid construction of cabinets.
  3. Create and interpret drawings, production blueprints and layout procedures for production, planning, and estimating.
  4. Select, maintain, and safely operate hand tools, portable power tools and stationary trade-related machinery.
  5. Grade and select appropriate lumber and materials for industry-related projects.
  6. Perform sanding and adhesive operations to industry standards.
  7. Select and apply finishes and hardware to complete the construction of cabinets and industrial woodworking pieces.
  8. Apply trade calculations correctly to cabinetmaking applications.

Program handbook

Program handbook

Graduate opportunities

Cabinetmakers use a variety of woods and laminates to construct and repair wooden cabinets, furniture, and architectural woodwork/millwork products for various residential, commercial and industrial uses. They are employed by furniture manufacturing or repair companies, construction companies and cabinetmaking contractors, or they may be self-employed.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home


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