Cabinet Making Schools and Colleges with Program Information

Cabinet makers build items such as furniture and cabinets out of wood and other materials. Although not a requirement for the career, a college-level program in cabinet making can provide the skills needed for this job. These vocational programs are mostly found at 2-year colleges.

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.

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