Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO: 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Maximum 24 months

  • Start Date

    Start anytime – enquire now!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Interior and Spatial Designer | Interior Designer | Interior Decorator | Interior Decorating Consultant | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    If you have an eye for inspired interiors and want to turn your flair for creating beautiful living spaces into a career, then the MSF40122 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration qualification from Open Colleges could be just the thing you're looking for. This flexible, online course offers you the opportunity to learn all the practical skills required to join this exciting industry immediately or start your own interior decoration consultancy.

    You will learn essential skills such as how to select and use colour and furnishings to create exhilarating interiors, how to produce drawings to effectively communicate your ideas, and how to research and recommend accessories, furniture, soft furnishings, hard materials and and finishes. The course will also give you all the practical knowledge in legal, administrative and promotional requirements yo need to set up your own small interior decor consultancy.

    During the course you will receive a free professional design kit to ensure you have all the tools required to bring your ideas to life, as well as a membership to the Design Institute of Australia, the peak body for design professionals in Australia that will allow you to access various events, communication and networking opportunities available to members.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrollment with Open Colleges.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    There are no formal education requirements for this qualification.

    To successfully complete this course, Open Colleges recommends that students:

    • Be over 18 years of age;
    • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensures the ability to read and comprehend technical terms and communicate effectively through email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete year 12;
    • Have access to a modern computer with high-speed internet;
    • Have basic computing skills including the ability to make a short video.

    Simulated workspace requirements

    It is essential that learners have access to a specific place where they undertake their assessment activities. This work area should be designed as a home office area or design studio. Learners will be asked to submit photographic evidence of their simulated workplace facility prior to assessment in Module 1.

    The simulated workplace facility may include tools, equipment and resources, including:

    • workstation/layout table and drawing board (MDF board with set squares and T-Square as a minimum)
    • ergonomic chair
    • bookshelves
    • filing system
    • desk lamp
    • computer (see computer requirements above)
    • internet access (see computer requirements above)
    • storage for drawing equipment.

    Other requirements

    • Learners need access to a digital camera, and related software, for taking photos for design tasks, projects and documenting the design processes;
    • access to an A4 – A3 printer or photocopier;
    • access to a high-resolution colour printer;
    • access to a high resolution, large format scanner.


  • Subject Breakdown

    When completing the MSF40122 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration qualification, you may study the following subjects:

    • CUADES302 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
    • CUAACD313 - Produce technical drawings
    • CUADES303 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
    • MSFID4019 - Research interior decoration and design influences
    • CUAACD311 - Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    • BSBCRT512 - Originate and develop concepts
    • MSFID4016 - Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
    • CUADES301 - Explore the use of colour
    • MSFID5018 - Provide interior styling service
    • MSFGN4001 - Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements
    • MSMENV272 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • MSFID4017 - Research and recommend furniture and accessories
    • MSFID4021 - Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
    • MSFID4012 - Decorate residential interiors
    • MSFID4015 - Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation
    • CUADES411 - Generate design solutions
    • BSBESB406 - Evaluate and develop small business operations
  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

    When you study with OC, you’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that’ll help you find work across Australia. Their nationally recognised courses are designed by vocational experts, and you’ll learn job-ready skills from industry specialists.

    Online learning is all about flexibility, so they’ve designed their learning platform to be as flexible as possible. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can access it anytime you want. It’s designed to work around your lifestyle, not the other way around, so you can easily fit your study in with your other commitments.

    The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.


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  • Where will this course take you?

    On completion of the course, you will gain a valuable and nationally recognised MSF40122 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration qualification from Open Colleges.

    This qualification will give you all the required skills to commence employment within the interior decoration industry, or start your own interior decor consultancy.

    Start studying today and explore all the exciting career options the field of interior decoration offers!

  • Career Outcomes

  • Let's talk price

    Open Colleges offers a number of flexible payment models to suit your lifestyle and preferences.

    You can choose to pay up-front with a 10% course discount, pay 50% up-front and remainder through a payment plan, or you can pay in weekly or fortnightly installments as you study.

    All Open Colleges payment plans are interest free.

    Enquire now for more payment plan options and course costs!

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding.

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