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Cabinetmakers - Preparation

To work as a cabinetmaker, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

Some cabinetmakers learn their skills by attending formal training programs. Some vocational schools and community colleges offer courses in woodworking and cabinetmaking. These programs are not widespread.

On-the-job training

Most cabinetmakers receive informal on-the-job training from an experienced worker. Trainees usually begin as helpers. They learn to use materials, tools, and equipment; design structures; identify and select grades of wood; and build cabinets. On-the-job training usually lasts up to one year.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.