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Learn what it takes to build and repair wood components, furniture, fixtures, and cabinetry.
Cabinetmakers have the ability to produce custom-made wood products. They draw diagrams and read specifications, layouts, and patterns for unique projects using wood and wood components.
This 12-week program covers all course material received by a first-year cabinetmaker apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training.
After you successfully complete this program, you may choose to continue your training as an apprentice. Once indentured by an employer, you may register for SAIT's Cabinetmaker apprenticeship program.
You may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year apprenticeship.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT pre-employment certificate.
Careers and opportunities
Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni.
100% graduate employment rate
$45,396 average starting salary
Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.
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The Pre-Employment Cabinetmaker program requires 12 credits (4 courses) to complete.
Learners will study applied print reading for the cabinetmaking trade, including drafting basics, orthographic drawings, basic drawing standards, interpreting shop drawings and cutting lists, orientation to computer and computer aided design (CAD) and residential print reading.
This course covers materials in Sections 1 to 5 of the Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship Course Outline for Period 1 published by the Government of Alberta as version 3610.1 (2010) of the Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship Trade Profile on the website of Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training located at http://tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca.
This course covers materials in Sections 1 to 5 of the Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship Course Outline for Period 1, published by the Government of Alberta as version 3610.1 (2010) of the Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship Trade Profile on the website of Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training located at http://tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca.
Mathematics for Cabinetmaking is an introductory course for cabinetmaking trade. Topics included are basic math concepts, area, perimeter, board feet and volumes, ratio and proportion and percentage.
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
Applicants educated in Canada
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.
- Math 10C or Math 10-3, or Applied Math 10, AND,
- English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.
All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.
SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
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- Domestic students: Closed
Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2023
- Domestic students: Open
Application deadline: March 1, 2024
- Domestic students: Open
Application deadline: June 28, 2024
2023/24 tuition and fees
The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.
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Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.
Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
- CSA steel-toe boots
- Safety glasses
- Hearing protection - will be provided, but students may choose to bring their own.
Required equipment or tools
- Metric/imperial tape measure (min. 16')
- Marking pencil
Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.Learn more
This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.
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