How to become a furniture maker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course to get some of the skills needed for this job. Courses include:
- Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Making
- Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
- Level 3 Diploma in Wood Machining
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could do an intermediate apprenticeship in furniture manufacturing, wood products or carpentry and joinery.
You could also complete a furniture CNC technician, bespoke furniture maker or furniture product developer advanced apprenticeship. If you specialise in coverings, you could take an upholstery advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could apply for jobs if you have experience or qualifications in furniture or cabinet making, or carpentry. Employers often value skills and experience over qualifications.