$26,000 - $56,000



At a glance

Cabinetmakers build and repair fixtures (like kitchen cupboards) and furniture made of wood or wood substitutes. If you'd like to produce custom-made pieces, you'd discuss projects with customers, draw up plans, price and select materials, and measure, shape, assemble, and install your work.

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Furniture manufacturers
  • Construction companies
  • Custom cabinet shops
  • Self-employed

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you should consider becoming a Cabinetmaker!

  • Do you have an eye for line, colour, and proportion?
  • Do you like working with wood?
  • Are you good with your hands?
  • Could you visualize a finished product by looking at drawings or blueprints?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Cabinetmaker.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$47,520 - $56,000

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Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit


Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 600 hours L2: 1, 600 hours

L3: 1, 600 hours L4: 1, 600 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 9 weeks Y2: 9 weeks Y3: 8 weeks Y4: 8 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years’ experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

9, 600 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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