Certificate IV in Interior Decoration - MSF40118

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00724G

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who provide advice and practical assistance on the finishing and furnishing of existing interior spaces. They may work in retail, consulting and building businesses as interior decorators or colour consultants. Individuals in this role are typically involved in:working with clients and other building and design professionals and suppliersresearch and analysis of the client's goals and requirementsplanning, designing and arranging spaceinterior stylingspecifying finishes and furnishings selection of coloursspecifications and purchasing.Decorators use a broad range of specialised and technical knowledge and skills, and they research and compare information from diverse sources to develop decoration solutions. They also use well-developed communication skills, and may provide some leadership and guidance to others.There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.Work may require access to construction sites and require construction induction training and certification covered by the unit CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements.


  • 19 units: 8 core
  • 11 elective


  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Design residential interior lighting
  • Generate design solutions
  • Explore the use of colour
  • Develop and refine illustrative work
  • Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • Implement visual merchandising concepts
  • Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements
  • Research and recommend furniture and accessories
  • Collaborate in a creative process
  • Research interior decoration and design influences
  • Plan and organise display lighting
  • Design and install merchandise signage
  • Decorate residential interiors
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
  • Provide technical advice to customers
  • Work safely
  • Advise customers on interior decoration
  • Produce computer-aided drawings
  • Design and install visual merchandising displays
  • Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation
  • Research and evaluate construction materials and methods for building design projects
  • Create visual design components
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Implement operational plan
  • Produce technical drawings
  • Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
  • Produce and prepare photo images
  • Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
  • Measure up and calculate fabric quantities for window coverings
  • Research and apply techniques in spatial design
  • Use business technology
  • Develop visual merchandising creative concepts
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Evaluate and develop small business operations

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Epping Domestic: $12,500
International: $16,352
  • Full-time : 12 months
  • Part-time : 2 years
Preston Domestic: $12,500
International: $16,352
  • Full-time : 12 months
  • Part-time : 2 years

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