Shop Fitter

Shop fitting is one of the creative trades in the building industry. Shop fitters make, assemble and fit display boards, showcases, counters, shelves and cupboards in shops or businesses.

They interpret interior designers’ or architects’ drawings to determine the exact specifications and order the required quantities and types of material. They shape the wood and fittings using power tools in a machine shop or with hand tools at the workbench. They build, assemble and fit these components into the required positions. They paint, stain or polish the finished articles and add the necessary trimmings.

Some shop fitters manufacture metal fittings such as grilles, banisters and hand rails in a metal shop, and fit these where required. They are sometimes also required to perform minor repairs on fittings.


  • construction firms in the building industry

  • private companies

  • self-employment, with enough skill and entrepreneurship, can start own business

Getting Started

  • try to obtain holiday or part-time work as a helper to a shop fitter

  • arrange to speak to a shop fitter and ask to observe him at work

  • get information about learnership programmes in your area


Accra Polytechnic, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Lovedale Public TVET College, Motheo TVET College, Rundu Vocational Training Centre, Tshwane North TVET College, Valombola Vocational Training Centre (VVTC), Vuselela TVET College, Windhoek Vocational Training Centre, Zambezi Vocational Training Centre

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