FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS CABWF-CT Cabinetry and Woodworking - Certificate

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  • Four-month certificate program
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • This program shares a common Term 1 with the Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology diploma program
  • Credit transfer opportunities: This is not an apprenticeship program, but may provide apprenticeship credit transfer opportunities
  • International applicants contact RRC's International Education Office at intled@rrc.ca or 204-632-2143 for information on this program and space availability

The knowledge and skills acquired in this exciting program will allow you to work at a novice level position in a cabinet or millwork shop, working with the tools and materials to build cabinets, furniture and architectural millwork products. It may also serve as an avenue to Apprenticeship.

You will begin by learning about the safe operation of tools and equipment used to produce cabinets, furniture, and other wood products. You will then learn and work with construction details, materials, hardware, drafting, computers and finishing techniques. You will receive instruction about the functioning of today’s woodworking industry and how to work in it. A major group project will challenge and make use of all skills learned in the term. Employment opportunities remain excellent in Manitoba.

After successfully completing this program, you may choose one of the following options:

This is a not an apprenticeship program, but may provide credit transfer opportunities towards apprenticeship.  Apprenticeship Manitoba offers apprenticeship training that combines on-the-job practical skills development with levels of technical training.  If you are interested in applying to an apprenticeship program, please visit www.manitoba.ca/tradecareers

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Grade 12 Courses
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in one credit in each of the following courses:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
As of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. RRC Institutional CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted)
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

Red River College Polytechnic will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 31, 2022.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
BLPR-1006Blueprint Use
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This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of reading architectural and shop drawings and specifications found in the woodworking industry. Students will put into practice the training given in the conventions and methods of making shop and architectural drawings by producing various samples of these. Exercises will also focus on extracting and calculating information from sample drawings provided by industry.

CABI-1001Orientation: Structure/Scope
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This course profiles the cabinetry and woodworking trade in Manitoba and Canada. It describes the core tasks, skill requirements, and opportunities within the industry as well as the nature of 'production shop' and 'custom shop' cabinetmaking. Current industry advancements including the use of new equipment, increased use of computers in the office and shop, new materials, and new approaches to manufacturing are presented. Content also includes information about team work and team building, cooperative work strategies, and learning styles, techniques and strategies.

CABI-1002Materials of Cabinetry and Woodworking 1
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An in-depth survey of materials available and their use will be undertaken. This will include solid woods, veneers, plywoods, manufactured wood panels, plastics, metals and glass.  Content also includes attention to wood science, identification of species, the drying process of lumber, dimensioning systems, estimating, ordering, and processing and integration of these materials.  Environmental implications and efficient resource use will also be discussed.

CABI-1003Fasteners, Adhesives and Hardware
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Woodworkers rely on a myriad of metal fasteners, threaded fasteners, space-age adhesives, adjustable hinges, drawer-slides, and specialty hardware which are incorporated into furniture, cabinets, millwork, and windows. This course will survey typical and specific items from this inventory and study the characteristics and interactions of these items.

CABI-1004Joinery and Casework
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Woodworking materials have specific characteristics. Joinery and casework are developed to take advantage of these characteristics and incorporate them into functional products. Some of the techniques studied in this course will include casework styles, joinery, gluing and clamping, bending and laminating wood, structural stresses, and appropriate choice and use of tools. Cabinet and furniture component structure, strength, and rigidity will also be examined.

CABI-1005Packing, Shipping, and Installation
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Woodworking products are designed to withstand the rigors of customer use, however they must also be designed to be packaged, shipped, and assembled or installed at the end-use point. The tasks of packaging, shipping, and installation will be examined in this course and content concentrates on the phases, mechanics, and basic techniques involved in these important processes.

CABI-9000Cabinetry Certificate Learn
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COMM-1244Technical Communications 1
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Most jobs require highly developed oral and written communication. Focusing on improving students’ communication skills, the majority of course material relates to woodworking subjects. Topics include basic technical communication, business correspondence, plain English, document design, informal reports such as accident, interpersonal skills, and job search techniques.

COMP-1051Computers and the Woodworking Trade
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This course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge required to benefit from computer technology as it currently applies to woodworking. The course serves as a gateway to other program components that focus on such trade related computer applications as drafting, automated machine control, materials utilization, and communications. The course also offers essential information and basic techniques to equip students with the skills necessary to locate, select, and use electronic learning resources. Although many students will be familiar with basic personal computer technology, this unit will help round out their prior knowledge and help establish a thorough foundation for developing competence regarding trade-specific computer applications.

DRAF-1001Intro to Drawing and Design
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Attractive furniture, kitchen, architectural millwork and general casegoods design does not just happen. Good design must be studied and learned. Design principles, sketching, and achieving a good, thorough grasp of the uses and requirements of conventional design, drawing, and blueprint-reading practice will be studied. Students will demonstrate their skills through planning, drawing, and design exercises.

MATH-1037Trade Mathematics
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This course centers on the calculations required to understand and carry out machining operations. Students will gain a familiarity with measurement, conversions, and manipulation of formulae and triangle theory as they relate to everyday shop operations. Content also includes a brief review of basic math concepts and operations, but its major focus concerns applications in actual trade practice.

PRAC-1031Practicum: Tools and Equipment
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The use of hand tools to create wood products plays a vital part in the understanding of the complexity of solid wood components. Students will be introduced to the safe and correct set-up, use, application, and maintenance of hand tools used in the wood manufacturing industry. Students will complete a variety of hands-on shop projects such as the planing of the block and square of joints. Emphasis will be placed on the correct use of hand tools and a considerable amount of time will be spent on demonstrations.

PRAC-1033Practicum: Major Casework Project
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Students will have the opportunity to apply the safe and correct set-up and maintenance of a variety of woodworking tools as discussed in the Tools and Equipment course. A major shop project such as a full size kitchen will be completed as participants practice layout skills and hands-on skills using a variety of tools including hand tools, stationary and portable power tools, and machines. Emphasis is on core woodworking machinery and a considerable amount of time will be spent on demonstrations.

SAFE-1027Cabinetry and Woodworking Trade Safety
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This course is designed to create a culture of safety among students and graduate workers, as well as provide concrete safe work procedures. Students will practice safe work procedures, and learn their rights and responsibilities as employees.  Employer responsibilities will also be reviewed. Red River College General Safety training and WHMIS certification are concurrent safety related courses that are included in Construction Trades. Basic principles of COR will also be examined.
Safety is an ongoing study and practice throughout Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology.

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The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

SEMR-9209General Safety Training
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This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

SEMR-9524AC-183 Accreditation for Level 1
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The Carpentry five month Pre-Employment program closely resembles the Level 1 and Level 2 Carpentry Apprenticeship program. Upon completion of this program with an average mark of 70% or greater, students may apply to receive accreditation toward the academic portion of Level 1 Carpentry Apprenticeship. More information about this process can be obtained from program instructors or  Apprenticeship Manitoba.

TOOL-1002Tools and Equipment
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A variety of traditional and modern hand woodworking tools as well as portable and stationary power tools including routers, plate joiners, power planers, saber saws, table saws, shapers, jointers, etc. will be studied in this course. Students will learn safe and correct use, application and maintenance of these tools. Instruction will include both lecture and in-shop demonstrations of the tools. Use of these tools will be required throughout the practical components of the Cabinetry & Woodworking program. Students will encounter most woodworking tools and machines in use in industry.

WOOD-1025Furniture Finishing 1
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This course will present concepts of various finishing tools, techniques, and materials. There will be a comparison of traditional and modern methods of finishing, and a survey of the types of finishes utilized in each. Students will learn and practice the correct application of paint, varnish, stains, oil, shellac, etc. Common problems such as finish breakdown will also be discussed with a view to avoidance and correction. Lab time will mainly focus on spray application of stains and finishes PRAC-1033 full size project.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

The Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology Office
Room B133
2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3H 0J9

You may also e-mail a program instructor:

Vern Bergen

College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

Academic Advising Service
Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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