Creative Industries

MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration is part of the Furnishing Training Package. It describes the skills and knowledge required to provide advice and practical assistance on the finishing and furnishing of existing interior spaces to meet client requirements. Decoration at this level includes residential or commercial environments and involves working directly with the client or with associated professionals, such as architects, builders, retailers, interior designers and suppliers required to implement a project.

This qualification is delivered methodically to build skills and knowledge progressively over a 10 month period. The course aims to provide students with employment skills or preparation for further study. It is applicable for learners as well as those seeking to gain recognition for their existing skills.

In general, Interior Decorators focus on residential work and are contracted by home owners, developers or residential architects to assist with creating a specific look or feel in the home.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  •  Interior Decorator
  • Other vocational outcomes can be realised in retail, consulting and building businesses as interior decorators or colour consultants who perform a broad range of skilled applications.

Study Pathways

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

  • Further tertiary study in an Interior Design degree.

Location, dates and times

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:   4 February to November 2020
  • Duration: 36 weeks

Information Session:

Alanvale Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12pm – 1pm
Room A2.58, A Block, 54A Alanvale Road, Newnham
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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
  • OH&S requirements

Learning Options

This course is delivered on campus, supported by online access to lesson plans and assessment submissions.

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:

  • recognition of current skills – this can be either the provision of evidence or completion of an assessment task
  • oral/written questioning that confirm understanding of underpinning knowledge and skills
  • assignments that cover research and theory components of the training
  • practical tasks that demonstrate competence to the standard required
  • products that meet a professional standard

Throughout all assessments Work Health and Safety procedures must be followed.

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.

Are there any ‘other’ costs?

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

Essential Requirements

There are no essential requirements for this course.


It is essential that students who intend to enrol in this course attend an Information Session which is followed by a one-to-one interview. This ensures that students have sufficient information prior to making a commitment to enrolling, and that this is the right course for you.

Prospective students are required to prepare a folio to present at the interview. Content of this folio will be discussed at the Information Session.

Prospective students are encouraged to provide evidence of design work at the interview. This evidence can include any work that you have undertaken in creative arts, for example, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, digital or otherwise, design in your area of interest – home styling, food, landscape, fashion etc. Other examples can be discussed at the information session.

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.


MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.

Qualification Requirements

MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

To be awarded MSF40118 – Certificate IV in Interior Decoration competency must be successfully achieved in 9 modules comprising of 19 units (8 core units and 11 elective units).

Units are grouped into modules according to area of learning or focus and students build skills progressively by moving from module 1 to 9.

  • Module 1: Creative Thinking and Design process
  • Module 2: Colour
  • Module 3: Technical Skills
  • Module 4: Sustainability
  • Module 5: Organisational Skills
  • Module 6: Materials
  • Module 7: WHS
  • Module 8: Furniture and Lighting
  • Module 9: History of Design


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