Program Objectives

The Cabinetmaking program prepares the candidate to become a cabinetmaker. A cabinetmaker manufactures products out of wood, veneer and laminate, such as furniture, and residential, commercial, industrial and institutional furniture. A cabinetmaker also manufactures architectural products such as paneling, trim, interior doors and windows for homes, stairs, balconies, etc.

The work consists of planning the manufacturing of a project, making an object, assembling pieces, sanding and preparing a product for finishing, installing the product where permitted and providing technical support.

Cabinetmakers work mainly in companies that do custom work for original products according to a client’s request. A smaller number work in assembly lines as well as microbusinesses.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
773-312 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 30 2
773-325 Interpret drawings 75 5
773-332 Take measurements and do calculations required for manufacturing 30 2
773-345 Make an object using hand tools 75 5
773-358 Prepare the parts for a piece of furniture to be manufactured 120 8
773-368 Assemble furniture 120 8
773-372 Make patterns, templates, jigs and fixtures 30 2
773-384 Analyze the impact of finishing processes on manufacturing 60 4
773-395 Make technical drawings 75 5
773-406 Make a straight piece of furniture out of solid wood 90 6
773-412 Veneer and laminate materials 30 2
773-426 Make panel furniture 90 6
773-432 Plan the manufacturing of a product 30 2
773-448 Manufacture commercial, industrial or institutional furniture 120 8
773-457 Manufacture and install modular kitchen components 105 7
773-468 Explore traditional and innovative techniques 120 8
773-478 Make curved furniture 120 8
773-488 Manufacture and install architectural products 120 8
773-494 Help develop a product 60 4
773-504 Provide technical support for a manufacturing project 60 4
773-516 Enter the workforce 90 6
1650 110

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)----

Educational Organizations Offering the Program



Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
English-Montréal SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Rosemount Technology Centre/Centre de technologie Rosemont CM3-MY24 D May 31st, 2024
CMN3-MY24 E May 31st, 2024


Cabinetmakers design and build furniture, modules and other products made from wood or composite materials. They create jigs and connections (dovetails, mortise, tenon, etc.), cut, edge, glue, assemble and sand wood before perfecting finishes (paint, varnish, veneer, etc.). Cabinetmaking is a traditional trade that requires attention to detail, creativity and manual skills. A job as a cabinetmaker is suitable for people with a talent for drawing who like to work alone.

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Cabinetmaker — $20.00

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