Show you have the right stuff to become a trade-qualified upholsterer. Create and craft bespoke, hand-made soft furnishings for both commercial and residential clients while earning a competitive salary in an industry in demand.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniques
Use upholstery sector hand and power tools
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Dismantle and re-assemble furniture for upholstering
Develop cutting plans and cut single layer upholstery fabric
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A trade qualified certification
Experience in making a range of upholstered products from a variety of materials and subframes (like an ottoman, a tub chair, a wing chair)
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship
This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship
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To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Language and literacy skills to Year 10 level
Some experience in handling tools and equipment
Strong spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination
An aptitude for practical tasks
Effective communication skills
Collaboration and teamwork skills
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Upholsterers make, rebuild and repair upholstered articles such as chairs, sofas, beds and mattresses.
Other jobs include: Marine upholsterer and Caravan upholsterer
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Upholstery (specialising in Production Upholstery) does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Upholstery (specialising in Production Upholstery) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 25 , including 14 core and 11 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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