Cabinet making programs can be found at community and technical colleges accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). These programs prepare graduates for a variety of carpentry, woodworking and cabinet making positions.
Schools with Cabinet Making Programs
These schools have cabinet making programs at varying levels, and tuition rates are based on the 2016-2017 school year.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Wallace Community College||Dothan, AL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,260 in-state, $7,710 out-of-state|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, Arizona||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,974 in-state, $8,610 out-of-state|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,569 in-state, $11,337 out-of-state|
|Bucks County Community College||Newtown, PA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$7,658 in-state, $11,138 out-of-state|
|Palomar College||San Marcos, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,338 in-state, $7,078 out-of-state|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,816 in-state, $5,016 out-of-state|
|Cerritos College||Norwalk, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,346 in-state, $7,926 out-of-state|
|Eastern Maine Community College||Bangor, ME||2-year, Public||Associate's||$16,523|
Sources: School websites, *National Center for Educational Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Summary of important considerations:
- Look for programs with good facilities providing plenty of hands-on experience.
- Certificate and diploma programs generally provide few courses other than those pertaining specifically to cabinet making, whereas associate's degree programs include general education coursework that can be transferred to a four-year college or university.
- Programs should be accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Certificate or Diploma in Cabinet Making
A certificate or diploma program in cabinet making typically requires a year of full-time study to complete. Students acquire the basic skills needed to pursue a career in the field. Some schools also offer certificates in advanced carpentry and cabinetry for students who have some prior knowledge of the field.
In labs, students learn how to use power tools properly, how to shape and cut wood, how to use adhesives, screws and staples to put parts of a cabinet together and how to work with materials other than wood, such as fiberglass or plastic. A high school diploma or the equivalent is required to begin a certificate program.
Associate of Science in Cabinet Making
Associate's degree programs in cabinet making, building construction or carpentry involve two years of full-time study. Some associate's degree programs are designed for students that want to pursue education in construction management or further technical training at the bachelor's degree level. Such programs are designed to transfer the student easily into Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in construction management or similar majors. General education coursework includes math, science and the humanities.
Programs in cabinet making are typically available at the certificate, diploma, or associate's degree levels. Students should look for accredited programs that provide hands-on experience.