Online Cabinet Making Courses

While most cabinet makers receive hands-on training on the job and through community colleges and technical schools, you might be able to learn the necessary skills through online cabinet making courses. Keep reading to learn more about online course options, how instruction is delivered to you and career options in the field. Schools offering Carpentry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Online Cabinet Making Courses Are Available?

You'll only come across a few online cabinet making courses, and those that are available are mainly offered by for-profit institutions. The available distance learning courses cover safety protocols, layout methods, fasteners and finishes. You may also be able to use the Internet to find instructional videos sold by private cabinet makers and instructors, though these are meant for individual reference and they don't award any academic credit.

How Do the Online Programs Work?

If you choose to enroll in an online cabinet making course, you'll receive various instructional materials, including books, videos and tools, that you'll use to complete projects at home in a correspondence school fashion. Each study topic and project is followed by an online exam that you must pass before moving on to the next program module. You'll be able to use online study tools, such as libraries, as well as having e-mail access to instructors. A school may place a time restriction during which you must work through all of the materials and pass your exams.

Should I Consider an On-Campus Program?

Students in campus-based cabinet making courses spend much of their time in a wood shop with supervision from experienced instructors. They also often have access to technologies like computer numerically controlled machines and AutoCAD software - items that may not be accessible in a distance learning program. You may also have opportunities to build cabinets for model homes and participate in other student projects. It'll probably take you around five semesters to complete all courses.

What Is the Career Path?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many cabinet makers are trained on the job, but post-secondary education might improve your chances of becoming a supervisor or better prepare you for owning your own wood shop. As an entry-level cabinet maker, you'll work on basic tasks and, with training and experience, move onto jobs that require more skill (www.bls.gov).

Cabinet making jobs were projected to grow by 6% from 2008-2018, the BLS reported in 2010. Despite the relatively slow job growth, opportunities will be readily available for skilled and driven workers. The middle half of all cabinet makers made from $11.35-$17.79 in 2009, and the top earners for that year made $21.73. The biggest employers of cabinet makers are household cabinet manufacturers, office furniture manufacturers, wood products manufacturers and building contractors.

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