National code: MSF40118

Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

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Overview About this course

Turn your passion for colour and design into a creative career. You’ll learn how to transform interiors by designing colour schemes, using computer-aided design technology, and meeting client expectations. Get the skills to work as an assistant interior decorator or interior sales representative.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Plan, design and arrange interior spaces

  • Create technical drawings

  • Create digital illustrations

  • Design colour schemes

  • Research and analyse client goals

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience to research and analyse client briefs

  • Skills to style interior spaces

  • Ability to select furnishings, specifications and colours

  • Collaborate with architects, builders, designers and suppliers

  • Strong foundation to continue your studies

  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

  • Great communication skills to connect with clients and other design professionals

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A passion for design and interior decoration

  • An interest in decorating physical environments

  • The drive to kick-start your career in residential and commercial decoration

  • Great communication 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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Assistant interior decorator , Assistant interior designer and Interior sales representative


A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who require access to construction sites. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements. Visit the Safework NSW website for more information on applying for your white card.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 Units of competency, including 7 core and 10 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.

  • Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements MSFGN4001

  • Produce technical drawings CUAACD303

  • Decorate residential interiors MSFID4012

  • Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces MSFID4016

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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