Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act, Unrestricted Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Study plans, specifications or drawings of articles to be made or prepare specifications
  • Understand materials selection
  • Mark outlines or dimensions of parts on wood
  • Proficient in the operation of woodworking machines such as power saws, jointers, mortises and shapers; use hand tools to cut, shape and form parts and components
  • Trim joints and fit parts and subassemblies together to form complete unit using glue and clamps; reinforce joints using nails, screws or other fasteners
  • Sand wooden surfaces and apply veneer, stain or polish to finished products
  • Repair or restyle wooden furniture, fixtures and related products
  • Estimate amount, type and cost of materials required

Personal Qualities

  • You work inside and are exposed to sawdust, glues and finishes
  • You like working with wood and with hand and power tools
  • You use math skills
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You work to exacting tolerances and attempt to produce perfect finished products
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional skills required

Career Opportunities

  • Journeypersons work for companies in furniture and other wood products manufacturing
  • Some cabinetmakers own their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 7,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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