About this Apprenticeship

  • Length:3 to 3.5 Years
  • Class Location:Welland Campus
  • Starts In:Winter
  • Credential:Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • School of:Trades

Apprentices complete 720 hours of college instruction, which leads to approximately 4 years of on-the-job training as paid trainees.

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This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.



Please be advised that the curriculum you have selected is for a past or future term. The remaining information on this website is reflective of the most recent intake term, unless stated otherwise.

Term one (2016 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1510 Applied Trade Calculations 2
APPR1511 Cabinet Construction I 4
APPR1512 Hand Tools and Portable Power Tools 3
APPR1513 Materials I 2
APPR1514 Protect Self and Others 1
APPR1515 Stationary Machines and Production Sequences I 3
APPR1516 Trade Drawings and Layouts I 2
Term two (2017 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1520 Cutting Tool Theory 1
APPR1521 Cabinet Construction II 6
APPR1522 Finishing I 1
APPR1523 Materials II 2
APPR1525 Stationary Machines and Production Sequences II 4
APPR1526 Trade Drawings and Layouts II 2
Term three (2018 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1531 Cabinet Construction III 5
APPR1532 Finishing II 2
APPR1533 Production Sequences 3
APPR1534 Site Installation 1
APPR1535 Stationary Machines 2
APPR1536 Trade Drawings and Layouts III 2

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or Grade 12 equivalency, and
  • Employment in the trade
Is a Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship right for you?

You are well-suited to this program if you:

  • Enjoy an active, hands-on approach to learning
  • Have good hand-eye coordination and pay close attention to detail
  • Think analytically and have strong observational skills
  • Have basic knowledge of math fundamentals

Career Opportunities

  • Architectural woodwork (millwork)
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Commercial furnishings
  • CNC manufacturing
  • Residential furnishings
  • Yacht interiors
  • Specialty items
  • Installer/fitter

Why Study at Niagara College?

  • More than three decades of apprenticeship in-school training experience.
  • Outstanding levels of student satisfaction.
  • Highly experienced and supportive professors.
  • State-of-the-art facilities for your practical experiences.
  • Small class sizes where you will receive individual attention from the professor.
  • Student support system which includes counselling and financial aid.

I really enjoy … the teachers. They are very easy to talk to when I have questions, and I have learned a great deal from them as a skilled tradesman. This program has prepared me for various tasks such as problem solving. I am able to recognize different things, such as when a machine needs the cutters changed, … or if something is wrong and … it isn’t working properly, I’m able to fix it myself.

Austin Thorne, 2014 graduate

The Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • The Province of Ontario is facing a large shortage of skilled labour.
  • A certified journeyperson earns a good wage.
  • Approximately 18 per cent of skilled workers are self-employed.
  • There is, and will continue to be, a demand for highly qualified, highly skilled tradespeople.
  • Majority of tuition for the in-school training is paid for by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.