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The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a cabinetmaker. You want to use woodworking equipment to build and repair fixtures and furniture made of wood or wood substitutes, sometimes with specialized layouts and patterns.

But you need to learn more, like how to cut, shape, mould and assemble wooden components, or how to apply veneer, stain, polish or plastic laminates to finished surfaces. Maybe you want to know more about custom-made products, how to estimate material quantities and costs or how to assemble the product by gluing, clamping, dowelling, nailing and screwing pieces together.

Here are some of the other subjects covered in the Cabinetmaker apprenticeship program at NAIT:

  • creating detailed drawings and producing shop drawings
  • sanding wooden surfaces
  • operating and programming Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) equipment

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you like creating things with your hands, developing specialized skills and working with a high degree of accuracy, then you’ll enjoy working as a cabinetmaker.

Cabinetmakers work indoors, often in a shop environment, and can be exposed to noise, airborne sawdust and chemicals from painting and stripping. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is often required, and there can be some risk of injury from working with woodworking machinery.

Training at NAIT

The Cabinetmaker apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1360 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence

As a cabinetmaker, you’ll be employed in custom shops or be self-employed. Some common employers include custom kitchen shops, architectural millwork shops, office and home furniture manufacturers and staircase manufacturers.

As a NAIT cabinetmaker graduate, you may find yourself in high demand due to your hands-on experience and commitment to safety training. Many cabinetmakers stay in the trade until they retire.


Have questions? We've got answers 

For more information about the Cabinetmaker program at NAIT

Roger Cloutier, Program Chair
Email: rogerc@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8665



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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in safety, materials and joinery, tools, machines and equipment, shop drawing and trade math.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in materials and hardware, machine use, equipment, assembly and procedures, wood finishing, shop drawing and print interpretation and trade math.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in materials, packaging and shipping, design theory and shop procedures, machines and equipment procedures, stairs, shop drawing (prints for commercial buildings) and trade math.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in related trade procedures, industry practices and procedures, wood finishing, print reading, shop drawing and construction of industry projects.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $480.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $200.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $200.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $170.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60



Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

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Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

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Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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