Furniture and Cabinet Maker

Career Diploma 5 months

Furniture and Cabinet Making Classes

If you're creative and want a hands-on job that allows you to see a project through from start to finish, our online Furniture and Cabinet Maker Career Diploma can help you take the first steps toward the career you want. Through flexible online classes, you'll learn the essential skills to become a furniture and cabinet maker on your schedule, from home!

  • Can prepare students for jobs as cabinet and furniture makers in a variety of settings like furniture stores and repair shops, home improvement stores, or even help you take the next steps toward starting your own custom furniture business.
  • Your online cabinet-making classes cover essential topics like layout techniques, basic joinery, and more.
  • Students receive the hand tools to help them complete their submitted projects including a combination square, tape measure 8', T-bevel, wood, hammer, chisel set - 3 pc, c-clamp, stain brush, and assorted sandpaper.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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Save up to $290 Ends 2/7/2023

Cost of Program


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$59/month, Start for as low as $1

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to safely use hand and power tools in an organized workplace.
  2. How to measure accurately and how to use various layout tools, determine the appropriate dimensions and specifications from shop prints, and synthesize the tasks and skills required to create a wooden box.
  3. How to build a Shaker-style table and apply the Shaker approach to designing and building furniture.
  4. How to acquire, repair, and restore a variety of furniture.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Furniture and Cabinet Maker Outcomes

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters





Our online Furniture and Cabinet Maker Career Diploma Program prepares students to work for a furniture or cabinet retail store, manufacturer, repair/refinishing shop, cabinet installer, or start a woodworking shop and specialize in custom furniture and cabinet making.


State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs cabinetmaking and furniture repair are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Furniture and Cabinet Making Curriculum

  • 8 courses
  • 22 exams
  • 4 submitted projects
  • 1 work experience option

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 5 months
  • Average time = 6 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

In our Furniture and Cabinet Maker Career Diploma, you'll learn the basic woodworking skills that can help you take the first steps toward a career as a furniture and cabinetmaker. Your online woodworking classes include:

  • Layout Techniques
  • Basic Joinery
  • Cabinet Design, Construction, and Installation
  • Shaker Table Construction

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Furniture and Cabinet Maker Optional Work Experience

Penn Foster's Furniture and Cabinet Maker online program includes practical exercises and a work experience option to give you hands-on training and field experience relative to your program and career goals. 


After completing your online classes, you will have the option to gain hands-on experience at a furniture repair shop or other related business near you. This is not required to graduate from the program and students who wish to participate are required to find their own site. Penn Foster does not assist students in finding or securing a work experience site.

Cabinet Making Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Furniture and Cabinet Maker Career Diploma can help prepare you for the first step in your woodworking career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Ciera H.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

“I doubted myself for so long... Penn Foster changed my life. I gained so much confidence in myself and achieved one of my goals.”

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Furniture and Cabinet Making Program Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Furniture and Cabinet Maker Career Diploma Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

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Our Proven Furniture and Cabinet Maker Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime 
  • No exam due dates 
  • Self-paced 


  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes 
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources 
  • Online student community 
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty 
  • Dedicated student services 
  • Robust learning resources

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Furniture and Cabinet Maker Program FAQs

What is the average salary for a furniture and cabinetmaker?

According to national averages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a cabinetmaker or bench carpenter was $37,540 in 2021.* Salary can vary based on your experience, credentials, where you work, and even the state in which you live.

What level of education and skills are required to become a cabinetmaker?

Generally, cabinetmakers aren't required to have formal education past a high school diploma or its equivalent to work in the field. Without formal education in the field, most employers will look for relevant work experience before hiring you. With a diploma or certificate in furniture and cabinetmaking on your resume, however, you may find that you stand out from other job applicants. Additionally, employers may ask to see examples of your work, so keeping a portfolio of your designs can be helpful.

What are the work conditions for a cabinetmaker?

Work conditions for cabinetmakers can vary based on who they work for. In many cases, a cabinetmaker has the flexibility to work in residential or commercial facilities, warehouses, repair shops, or even from a home-based workshop. Many jobs in the field will require working on your feet for a majority of your day, carrying heavy materials, and working with potentially dangerous tools and equipment. Training to work with heavy tools and equipment can be helpful to safety in the workplace.

How do I begin a career in furniture and cabinet building?

To begin a career as a cabinet or furniture maker, you'll need to have at least a basic understanding of carpentry, construction, and design. As a cabinetmaker, you'll often receive on-the-job training should you choose to work for a store or furniture making company. However, earning a diploma or certificate in the industry can help you prepare to tackle day-to-day tasks more quickly and confidently. Additionally, you'll need less hands-on training in the role, making you a standout new hire. 


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters." Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021. Accessed September 23, 2022.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.