Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

National Code: MSF40122
TAFE SA Code: TP01423


Create an exciting career as a retail consultant or interior decoration adviser with this nationally recognised course. You will gain all the technical and practical skills you need whilst developing your own flair and design creativity. Learn how to work with clients to understand their design needs, research and recommend furnishings and accessories, and how to use colour and finishes to create enhanced interior spaces. You’ll also learn about working with associated professionals such as architects, builders, retailers, and interior designers, to help bring design projects to life.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Interior Decorator

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
Recommended for those interested in working in interior decoration.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Classes are online, on-campus or a combination.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You are able to use the TAFE SA facilities and computer suites or you may choose to buy relevant software such as:

  • a SketchUp one (1) year Student Licence for approximately $93.50
  • Microsoft Project Student Licence (Cloud Base) $14.00 per month
  • Free Autodesk Student Licence is available on course registration for Revit and AutoCAD.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Retail consultant, Design consultant, Colour consultant, Interior decorator.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40122)
    This course includes planning and arranging space, interior styling, specifying finishes and furnishings and selection of colours. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 10 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Decorate residential interiors 80
    Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces 85
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms 60
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms 60
    Produce drawings to communicate ideas 90
    Produce technical drawings 50
    Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements 25


    Name Nominal Hours
    Design residential interior lighting 40
    Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces 60
    Develop and extend design skills and practice 30
    Generate design solutions 70
    Produce computer-aided drawings 60
    Provide interior styling service 36
    Research and recommend furniture and accessories 36
    Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors 54
    Research interior decoration and design influences 40
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