Academic Calendar 2023-2024 
    Apr 20, 2024  
Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Fine Furniture/Joinery Trades Foundation (Certificate)

Visit Program Webpage

Length: 40 weeks
Location: Interurban Campus
Credential: Certificate in Joinery Foundation (complete weeks 1-32)
  Certificate in Fine Furniture Foundation (complete weeks 1-40)
Program Code: FND.FFJF.CERT
CIP: 48.0702


Graduates of this program will have knowledge and skills necessary for initial entry into the Cabinet making and Millwork trades, as well as the Furniture Design, Construction and Finishing/Refinishing industries.  Classroom work and practical shop projects emphasize the skills required for success in a small-scale shop or self-employment situation.


All of:

  • Successful completion of an assessment test in applied mathematics, English, and 3-D visualization.
  • Submission of a portfolio (samples, slides or photographs of craftwork indicating design and handskills). 

Note: Fine Furniture Readiness Test is completed through the Camosun Assessment Centre, this three hour test has section sections: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Arithmetic, Measurement, Visualization & Mechanical Aptitude, and a written paragraph. The first two sections, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary, relate directly to course content.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Use creative problem solving to come to innovative yet practical solutions in the design and building of fine furniture.
  • Understand how furniture history and principles and elements of design inform contemporary fine furniture construction.
  • Work effectively as part of a team or group in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and achievement of goals.
  • Use the materials, tools and equipment required for fine furniture construction and finishing in a safe, effective manner.
  • Present self to the external world as a creative, skilled, business-like beginning woodworker.


All of:

  • FURN 152 - Fine Furniture 1 - 16 weeks
  • FURN 154 - Fine Furniture 2 - 16 weeks
  • FURN 156 - Fine Furniture 3 - 8 weeks

Additional Information

Students in the Fine Furniture Program study:

  • Hand Tools: Identification, Use and Maintenance
  • Machine Tools:
    • Sawing
    • Planeing
    • Drilling
    • Routing and Shaping
    • Abrasive equipment
    • Lathe Turning
    • Maintenance
    • Jig and Fixture Design
    • Decorative Mouldings and Turnings
  • Joinery:
    • Case Joinery
    • Leg & Rail Joinery
    • Fasteners and Adhesives
    • Assembly techniques
    • Cabinetmaking
    • Frame & Panel Joinery
    • Furniture Structure
    • Curving, Bending and Laminating
  • Furniture Design:
    • Technical Drawing & CAD
    • Perspective Drawing and Rendering
    • Elements and Principles of Design
    • Decorative Referents
    • Furniture History
  • Materials:
    • Wood Technology
    • Wood Species Identification
    • Wood Composite Products
    • Quantity Calculations
    • Veneering Techniques
    • Glass and Glazing Techniques
    • Plastics
    • Metals
  • Finishing:
    • Surface Preparation
    • Wood Colouring and Texturing
    • Top Coats Shellac
    • Lacquer
    • Varnish & Oil
    • Water Bourne Resins
    • Spray Finishing
    • Restoration and Repair Techniques

Approximately 30% of course time is spent in the classroom on lectures, demonstrations and research assignments, including the following:

  • 7 plank table drawing
  • ​Computer Aided Design Assignments
  • Design History Research Projects
  • Cutting List Assignments
  • Furniture Design Assignments
  • Jig and Fixture Design Assignments
  • Marketing and Digital Portfolio Projects

The remaining 70% is spent in the shop completing the following practical projects:

  • 7 plank table
  • ​Shaker Style End Table (Hand & Machine Tools)
  • Dovetail Drawer (Hand Tools only)
  • Document Box
  • Production Stool with Turned Components
  • Upholstered Seat (Production Stool)
  • Form and Function Projects
  • Wall Hung Cabinet (Solid Wood, Traditional Joinery)
  • Modern Cabinetmaking Project (European 32mm System)  
  • Design-it Build-it Projects
  • Capstone Project Design, Model, Construction & Finishing
  • Finishing Sample Boards
  • Commercial Finishing Practices