Creative Industries

LMT41007 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

LMT41007 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology is part of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package. It covers occupations such as assistant designers and pattern makers who work with and support other fashion industry personnel. It allows for a multi-skilled approach to the skills needed by assistant designers and pattern makers and provides a basis for career progression to higher skills in these areas at the Diploma level.

The aim of the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology program is to reflect a vocational outcome for those who wish to develop skills in design studio processes, communicate design concepts, create patterns to meet specifications and produce quality fashion products.

This qualification is particularly suitable for people seeking employment in niche Fashion Industry outlets/ markets. The program extends the core skills in design, pattern making, sewing and technology developed at Certificate III level and covers the underpinning knowledge, skills and pre-requisites required for progression to Diploma qualification level.

The program allows students the opportunity to gain a broad range of skills in a simulated workplace environment and encourages them to work both independently and in teams through the project based delivery.

Students completing Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design & Technology may choose to apply to study for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma.

Career Opportunities

  • Full or part-time training that leads to a Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology or a Diploma of Clothing Production.
  • Further study opportunities relative to the Clothing and Textiles Industry.
  • Employment in the Clothing Industry and/or allied industries.
  • Career opportunities may also include self-employment as a custom-work dressmaker/designer, or garment repairs or alteration specialist.

Dates and Times

Campbell Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Venue:  A Block, 54a Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Venue:  C Block, Mooreville Road, Burnie
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Clothing Textiles and Design have an application process which aims to ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed choice.
It is recommended that students who intend to enrol in this course attend an Information Session and an interview.

Information Sessions cover:

  • Information about the course (structure, content and delivery methods)
  • Enrolment process, policy and fees
  • Qualification outcome
  • Pathways and further training opportunities
  • Information about assessment (methods used, flexibility, recognition, appeals process)
  • TasTAFE Student Information Brochure
  • Language, literacy and numeracy support services available
  • Student Counselling and disability support
  • Resources required and provided
  • WH&S requirements

Learning Options

Units from the Training Package are delivered holistically in the classroom environment simulating workplace practices.

Learning options can include:

  • Simulated workroom
  • Work based projects
  • Demonstrations / skill sessions – to show you how to do tasks.
  • Information Sheets and visual aids

Assessment Process

Assessments are conducted at TasTAFE. Assessment may be a combination of:

  • Recognition of current skills – you may be able to show that you already have the ability, and will not need to be assessed. Ask us for more information.
  • Oral/written questioning that confirm understanding of underpinning knowledge and skills.
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based.
  • Assignments – research topic and provide a written/verbal response.
  • Practical –observation of tasks.
  • Product – the quality and/or content of the products produced.

If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg documented verbal tests instead of short written tests).
Support is available to help students who may have difficulty meeting the above requirements. Some of these skills may be improved through the learning process.


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Resources and Equipment

Existing students will have their own stationery, fabric scissors, a start-up sewing kit, rulers, and the text book: The Fashion Design Manual by Pamela Stecker published by MacMillan Education Aust. Pty Ltd.
New students may need to purchase these items. In some regions these items can be purchased from the Department. Please check with your Learning Leader.
There may be extra costs for materials; this will be discussed at an Information Session.

Fees and Payments

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Entry into this qualification maybe either direct or via Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology. For direct entry there are some units requiring prerequisites. As well, the Clothing and Textiles Selection Criteria outlines the following, it is desirable for students to have:

  • interpersonal communication and personal presentation skills required to work effectively in the Clothing Industry
  • a basic knowledge of, and interest in, the industry sector.
  • an understanding of the typical daily work roles for a career in the industry sector.
  • understanding of the requirement to comply with the security/safety standards required by workroom regulations.
  • sufficient verbal & written language skills to understand, communicate and carryout basic instructions within the training environment.
  • basic computer skills.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology, twenty four (24) units must be completed comprising of 8 core units, a minimum of 12 Specialist elective units and a maximum of 4 Open elective units.
Six (6) core units and three (3) Specialist electives are completed in Certificate III. The remaining units have been selected by the Statewide Clothing, Textiles and Design team in consultation with local enterprises.
Unit choices may vary in each region.


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