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Certificate III in Upholstery (specialising in Production Upholstery)

  • National Course Code: MSF30713
  • TAFE NSW code: MSF30713-02V02-21LID-109

Location – Lidcombe (Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

6 Hours per week


3 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform upholstery, including dismantling and reassembling furniture; selecting, cutting, sewing and fitting fabric and leather upholstery materials; and producing loose covers. This is a specialist stream in production upholstery.

Specialisation is possible in this qualification depending on the electives chosen. A specialisation can be identified on the testamur where a minimum of two (2) Group A elective units of competency are achieved in production upholstery.

Where the production upholstery specialisation is achieved, RTOs should identify this as follows:
MSF30713 Certificate III in Upholstery
(specialising in Production Upholstery)

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Upholsterer after successful completion.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Pens, Pencils, Paper and a USB drive

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


This is a part-time, blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 6 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 3 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 2 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 18 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace learning, review of structured activities and preparation for assessments.


The target learner group for this course are registered apprentices undertaking the training as a requirement of their employment in the Furnishing industry. There are no pre-existing requirements for this course.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • RuReady Screening

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

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


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.

The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit



Payment - funding:


There is a materials cost per year for the projects that you manufacture throughout your studies. These projects will be yours to take home on achieving competence.


Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Find out more about recognition:

There is a materials cost per year for the projects you manufacture from the assessments that will be yours to take home on achieving competence.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
MSFUP2005 Develop cutting plan and cut single layer upholstery fabric
MSFUP2006 Dismantle and re-assemble furniture for upholstering
MSFGN3002 Estimate and cost job
MSFUP3002 Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniques
MSFUP2002 Fit upholstery components
TLID2003 Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
MSFUP2004 Machine sew basic upholstery final cover materials
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSFGN3001 Read and interpret work documents
MSFUP2001 Use upholstery sector hand and power tools
MSMSUP106 Work in a team
MSMWHS200 Work safely
Elective Units
Number Title
MSFUP2003 Apply contemporary foundations to upholstered furniture
MSFUP3008 Apply finishing techniques to upholstered furniture
MSFUP3001 Apply traditional foundations to upholstered furniture
MSFUP3011 Cut, sew and fit or fill cushions
MSFUP3010 Cut, sew and fit skirts to upholstered furniture
MSFUP3009 Develop cutting plan and cut multiple layer upholstery fabric
MSFUP3003 Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using decorative techniques
MSFUP3006 Fit and apply leather to furniture
MSFUP3004 Lay out patterns and cut leather
MSFUP3005 Machine sew complex upholstery final cover materials
MSFUP3007 Manufacture and fit loose covers

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

73 East Street, Lidcombe
Phone 131 601

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