Creative Industries

MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising is part of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package. It delivers the skills required by assistant designers, pattern makers and those who support other fashion industry personnel. This course provides a basis for progression to higher skills at the Diploma level.

The aim of MST40516 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 and 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 successfully completing this course may choose to apply to study for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Employment in the clothing industry and/or allied industries
  • Dressmaker
  • Designer
  • Garment repair/alteration specialist

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Location, dates and times

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  4 February 2020 to December 2020
  • Duration: 37 weeks
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  4 February 2020 to December 2020
  • Duration:  37 weeks
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Learning Options

Units from the Training Package are delivered holistically in the classroom environment and simulate contemporary workplace practices.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Oral and written questions
  • Projects
  • Research assignments
  • Observation of tasks

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

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 the fashion team in your region.

There may be extra costs for materials. These will be discussed at an Information Session.

Are there ‘other’ costs?

$100 for materials used in class that the student retains.

Essential Requirements

Entry into this qualification maybe either direct or via MST30816 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology. For direct entry there are some units requiring prerequisites. Get in touch today to find out more.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • 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 carry out basic instructions within the training environment
  • Basic computer skills.


The application process aims to ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed choice about their course of study.
It is recommended that students who intend to enrol in this qualification attend an Information Session and an interview.

Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, 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 Applied Fashion Design team in consultation with local enterprises.
Unit choices may vary in each region.  You will be required to achieve a selection from the following units:


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