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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Cabinetmaker (Joiner)


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Occupation Description: 
Joiners build, repair and re-style wooden furniture, cabinets, fixtures and other products. There are many similarities with the carpentry trade, and both involve primarily working with wood. Joinery, however, tends to be more specialized. A Joiner is designated as a Cabinetmaker under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Using architectural drawings, Joiners often operate woodworking machines to cut and form parts, which they then assemble into finished products. Some specialize in custom-made furniture. Preparation of costs estimates is often a key skill and responsibility. Many Joiners work in the construction industry. Increasingly, Joiners are tasked with installing pre-manufactured cabinets and fixtures‚Äč‚Äč. 

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Doug via email (‚Äč or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.

‚ÄčTime Commitment
  • 2 intakes:  Octob‚Äčer and Marc‚Äčh‚Äč
  • 25 weeks (no Spring and/or Summer Break)
  • 4 days a week:  Monday to Thursday
  • 7.30am to 2.00pm

Student Eligibility

  • limited to 1-2 Coquitlam SD43 students per intake
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student‚Äč to participate in
    • ex 2:  program will begin in August after a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 should not apply as they will not be accepted‚Äč‚Äč
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" 

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $600-1,000 for course materials, textbook, college fees, etc... variance in cost is due to students may or may not want to purchase their projects


  • BCIT "Burnaby Campus"
  • Skytrain is the best transportation opt‚Äčion (skytrain to Brentwood station, then transfer to bus)... if you drive, parking is about $6/day


  • Woodworking 11 and Woodworking 12
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent attendance + lates record while in high school
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time

Skills + Attributes

  • ‚Äčkeen eye for style + design
  • attention to detail‚Äč

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ‚ÄčBen King
Principal of Trades & Transitions‚Äč:‚Äč


School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828