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Wood Manufacturing – Cabinetmaking

The advanced wood processing industry in Canada demands high quality, innovative and technically sophisticated people. There are worldwide career opportunities working with nature’s most environmentally sound and renewable building material – wood.

In this one-year program, you’ll learn everything you need to know to enter one of the fastest-growing manufacturing sectors in Canada. Once you’re adept at using manual tools, you’ll move on to sophisticated electrical tools, including computer numerical control (CNC) equipment. By the time you graduate, you’ll be comfortable doing everything from making cabinets and architectural millwork to laminating, veneering, machining, sanding, assembly and finishing.

During your three-week on the job training, you’ll put those skills to real-world use building cabinets and bathrooms for the cottages constructed in our carpentry program. And you’ll get a chance to flex your creative muscles with a personal project of your own original design.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready start your apprenticeship and will be well on your way to your Red Seal certification.

Ready to strap on your tool belt and get started? Call us today to talk about the opportunities for your future—and feel free to visit us and check out the program yourself.

Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 1 year
Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus
Credential Issued: Certificate, Wood Manufacturing/Cabinetmaking Technician
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Red Seal Information


The most successful path to a Red Seal as a cabinetmaker begins with the Wood Manufacturing – Cabinetmaking program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training and write the apprenticeship year one block exam, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Interprovincial Exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.


The Interprovincial Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. The Red Seal is recognized as the Interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade and is the designation most employers will ask for.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • cabinetmaking
  • architectural millwork
  • wood product manufacturing
  • furniture manufacturing
  • restoration
  • design operations
  • self employment

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: 9533, 9437.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Applicants must be physically capable of meeting the demands of this industry
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.


If you have any questions concerning the Wood Manufacturing – Cabinetmaking program, contact:

  • General Inquiries: (902) 888-6448

Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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