Cabinetmaking Techniques

Program: CABT
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This program gives students many project opportunities that develop the foundational knowledge and skills for the cabinetmaking industry. Many hands-on opportunities ensure that graduates are competent in all aspects of the industrial cabinetmaking/woodworking field, from the planning stages to the application of final finishes on various products.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy success as employees in custom or production furniture building, millwork, kitchen cabinet making, furniture finishing and residential trim. Potential career opportunities include cabinetmaker, shop supervisor, machine set up technician, or self-employment.

A graduate may wish to discuss the possibility of eligibility for apprenticeship credits into the Cabinetmaking apprenticeship program with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • perform cabinetmaking activities safely to industry standards;
  • determine joinery requirements for various types of cabinetmaking construction including sketches and shop drawings of common furniture and cabinet units;
  • interpret drawings for production planning and estimating;
  • select, maintain and operate hand tools, portable power tools and stationary machinery;
  • select various grades of lumber and building materials;
  • perform sanding and adhesive operations to industry standards;
  • select and apply finishes and hardware used in manufacturing of furniture, cabinets and millwork;
  • produce cabinets and other architectural specialties including millwork and mouldings to be installed in residential and commercial applications;
  • apply mathematical solutions for cabinetmaking applications;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Summer 2018

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

16 Mandatory Courses
1 Communications Course
1 General Education Course

Graduation Eligibility:

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
CABT 1010Hand and Power Tools
CABT 1011Cabinetmaking Applications
CABT 1012Finishing Processes
CABT 1013Joinery and Fastening
CABT 1014Cabinet Construction and Installation
CABT 1015Trim and Mouldings
CABT 1016Finishing Applications
CABT 1017Cabinetmaking Materials
CABT 1018Construction Applications
CABT 1019Preproduction Planning
CABT 1020Advanced Projects
CABT 1021Furniture Design
CABT 1022Advanced Finishing
CABT 1023Construction Detailing
DRFT 1009Technical Drawings
MATH 1007Mathematics Techniques
Communications Courses
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.