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Certificate III in Shopfitting

National Course Code: CPC30116


The nationally recognised Certificate III in Shopfitting gives you the tools to create visionary and innovative commercial merchandise displays for your clients. From large shopping centres to boutiques, from cafes to corner stores, youll drive business with your in-demand specialist skills.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Craft high quality shop fit outs
  • Mould, cut and shape a variety of materials
  • Understand construction plans, drawings and specifications
  • Identify construction work hazards
  • Liaise with clients to learn shop requirements
  • Organise and order materials for jobs


Develop the skills that will help you get ahead in this career, including:

  • An eye for design
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • The ability to plan ahead
  • Problem solving


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • The opportunity to apply for licensing with NSW Fair Trading
  • The skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Career opportunities:

  • Shopfitter


You can use your qualification to work with:

  • Large commercial shopping centres
  • Boutique and personalised stores
  • Commercial and independent restaurants and bars


The Certificate III in Shopfitting is a specialisation within the trade industry. Shopfitters are sought after by employers as projects reach fit out stage and older builders are refurbished. With a skills shortage in NSW, businesses are actively seeking shopfitters and this course will ensure you are qualified to meet demand.

This course is superseded.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.


This course is currently available at 3 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A love of the great outdoors
  • An eye for design
  • A punctual and reliable nature
  • The ability to work with clients
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Strong problem solving

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written theory assessments - for example, drawing plans to client specifications
  • Practical skill assessments - for example, creating and fabricating detailed shop fitments and decorations

All assessments are completed through a combination of in-class and outside class study, research and preparation.

The Certificate II in Construction Pathways is an entry level, pre-apprentice qualification that provides limited exposure to simulated or real world experiences. It covers your foundational skills and sets you up for success for trade level Certificate III qualifications. This may be an option before enrolling into shopfitting.

This course, the Certificate III, provides real world exposure where youll apply what you're learning in simulated environments. This is the recognised apprenticeship qualification level for those people wanting to work in this specialised trade field. It establishes your foundation knowledge and skills and is the industries accepted apprenticeship qualification.

There is no Certificate IV pathway directly from the Certificate III in Shopfitting. However, as this course is a specialisation there are opportunities for employment in this niche industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Cutting and joining a variety of materials such as timber, plastic, glass and metal
  • Working with hand tools and equipment
  • Using specific machines and equipment to produce specific customer products

You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Liaising with clients to understand shop requirements
  • Preparing and designing plans for contract
  • Installing fittings in a variety of business situations

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

Throughout your course, you will have access to computers, the internet, digital devices, library resources and industry specific workshops which are equipped with a variety of tools.

This qualification is in a skill shortage area of building construction - specialised customer projects. Shopfitters are sought after by employers as large projects reach fit-out stage and older buildings are refurbished. This course provides you entry into a specialised niche, where you may work in commercial chain stores and shopping centres such as Westfield, or in specialty and novelty stores. These can include banks, bars, boutique stores and restaurants.

The Certificate III in Shopfitting is in an area of skills shortage. Retail businesses and independent clients are searching for shopfitters, however the industry is unable to supply this demand. This course will equip you with the skills you need to be qualified and ready to start your career in the specialised trade.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • Part Time Day
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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