Cabinet Maker



OFO No: 682201





Other names for Cabinet Maker:

  • Antique Furniture Reproducer 
  • Antique Furniture Restorer 
  • Cabinetmaker (Including Chairmaking and Framemakin 
  • Cabinetmaker (Including Veneering) 
  • Chair and Couch Maker 
  • Coffin Maker 
  • Frame Maker (Including Chairmaking) 
  • Furniture Maker Wood 
  • Wheelwright 
  • Wood Bender


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For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Cabinet Maker?

A Cabinet Maker is a specialised carpenter who makes and builds fine furniture, cupboards, cabinets and furniture.

A Cabinet Maker works with different woods, in different styles and the items they make are usually custom built.

They work for themselves doing contract work or find themselves working for:

  • furniture manufacturers
  • aeroplane and airline companies
  • shipbuilders
  • kitchen or interior design companies
  • shopfitters
  • film industry etc

What does a Cabinet Maker do?

  • measures up the clients requirements
  • quotes on the job
  • makes detailed drawings
  • suggests and selects the best wood for the job
  • marks out the job
  • saws, cuts, sands, screws, glues, nails etc the pieces together
  • installs the item/s
  • hangs doors – getting them straight and even requires a lot of skill

Are you … ?

  • passionate about wood?
  • good with your hands?
  • good at measurements and mathematics?
  • a person with an eye for detail?
  • a person who takes pride in their work?
  • artistically inclined?
  • neat?

How do I become a Cabinet Maker?

Please note that all ‘artisan / trade’ jobs under revision. New qualifications will be registered soon under the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations).


  • All artisans are regulated by the DHET (Dept of Higher Education).
  • To become a qualified Cabinet Maker, you will have to pass at Trade Test at a National Trade Test Centre. All centres are quality assurd and recommended for accredition by the NAMB. 


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Furniture Making: Wood: Wood Finishing Level 2 and 3
  • Learnership – Furniture Making Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Wood Machining and Cabinet Making Level 2 and 3
  • Learnership – Furniture Making Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Furniture Making: Wood: Cabinet Making Level 2 and 3
  • Learnership – Furniture Making Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Cabinet Maker without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Carpenter … or … Set Designer

Is becoming a Cabinet Maker the right career choice for me?