Cabinetmakers build, repair, finish and install residential and commercial cabinets, wooden furniture and architectural millwork using a variety of woods, laminates and other products. Cabinetmakers read drawings and specifications, and prepare layouts. They also set up and operate woodworking equipment, both power and computerized, to machine wood products and composite materials.
National Occupational Classification (NOC): 72311
Designation Year: 1989
Designated Red Seal in: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT
Trade title: Cabinetmaker, in AB, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT
Other titles used in provinces/territories: Joiner (BC)
Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) New
This is the complete description of the activities of the Cabinetmaker trade. New exams that are based on the new standard are being implemented. Check with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority to see if it has been implemented there.
Occupational Standard for current exams Previous
This National Standard is being used as the basis for the current Red Seal exams. While some provinces and territories are still using this standard, others have already replaced it or are working towards replacing it with the new RSOS. Check with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority to see if it has been implemented there.
Please refer to the Essential Skills section of the trade’s Occupational Standard that describes the essential skills needed to succeed in this trade.
Job Market Reports
Find job market information such as wages, outlooks, education and skills needed at Explore Careers on the Job Bank website.
Try the sample Cabinetmaker examination questions to prepare for your Red Seal examination.
Red Seal Self-Assessment and Exam Breakdown
Check how many questions there are on different topics, and reflect on your own experience and knowledge in the trade.
Consult the Ellis Chart for a full breakdown of apprenticeship data from across Canada for the trade of Cabinetmaker.