Wood Finishing Diploma (9-Month Course)
Dakota County Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Schools of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Veterans Educational Benefits and Minnesota Division of Rehabilitation Services.
Full Time Study
A full time student will complete the 36 credits of the wood finishing core classes. Classes are five to six hours per day, five days per week, for two 16-week semesters. The first semester begins in August and ends December 23rd. The second semester begins in January and ends in May. Exact dates can be found at DCTC's web site in the "Course Schedule " section.
Part Time Study
It is possible to attend classes on a part time basis. Some classes do have pre-requisites so it is recommended to contact the instructor or an academic counselor for supervision in choosing classes.
Customized training is available in the summer, from July 7th through August 13th.
Students enrolled in the 9-month Diploma Program can expect to pay $1,100.00 for the basic required tools. For information regarding other costs for the program, please follow the Costs Involved link (upper left of this page).
Furniture Service Technician (Certificate)
Furniture Service Technicians repair minor damage (referred to as spot repair) to wood, vinyl, leather and fabric. Spot repair usually involves (but is certainly not limited to) repairs such as minor water damage, scratches, nicks, dents, cigarette burns, or even a fairly large damaged area such as the corner of a table. These repairs are made by filling the void with a solid material and applying color to it, matching the surrounding area. Leather and vinyl repair is done much the same way. Upholstery can be repaired without having to re-upholster the entire piece.
Furniture refurbishing means cleaning (instead of stripping) furniture and furniture maintenance (polishing and waxing).
Furniture Service Technicians may work at the customer's home site, in furniture stores, or in a workshop. Possible job opportunities include self-employment, furniture stores or outlets, or an existing furniture service business. While total furniture restoration requires a workshop setting, the Furniture Service Technician can work from a small toolbox.
Classes & Course Descriptions
Details about required classes and course descriptions can be found on the Dakota County Technical College web site at the following address: