Offering Info

Diploma of Visual Merchandising

  • National Course Code: SIR50217
  • TAFE NSW code: SIR50217-01V01-20ULT-477

Location – Ultimo, Marcus Clark (Building W) (Traineeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

05 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who operate as visual merchandising specialists. These individuals possess a broad range of technical skills and sound knowledge of visual merchandising principles to plan and coordinate visual merchandising activities. They operate independently, make a range of operational decisions, and may have some responsibility for others.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a range of retail settings including speciality and fashion retailers, supermarkets and department stores. It also provides a pathway to work on a freelance basis.

Individuals with this qualification are able to perform roles such as visual merchandiser, retail store visual merchandiser, visual merchandising stylist and event visual merchandiser.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

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.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:
Evidence is required to demonstrate you are employed in the retail indusrty as a visual Merchandisiing TRAINEE

To successfully complete this course, you will need: - To successfully complete this course students will need to attend all classes for all 16 units of the course and achieve AC grades for each of the units. - This is a physical course so students need to be able to move around freely, comfortably climb ladders and work tasks at a height and from the ceiling and have the strength to move mannequins and retail store fixtures.

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Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

Date: 11 December 2019
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Ultimo Campus, Building W, Level 2, Room 36, 827 George Street, Railway Square. Ultimo NSW 2007

Date: 11 December 2019
Time: 06:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Ultimo Campus, Building W, Level 2, Room 36, 827 George Street, Railway Square. Ultimo NSW 2007

Date: 22 January 2020
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Ultimo Campus, Building W, Level 2, Room 36, 827 George Street, Railway Square. Ultimo NSW 2007

Date: 22 January 2020
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Ultimo Campus, Building W, Level 2, Room 36, 827 George Street, Railway Square. Ultimo NSW 2007


This is a Part-Time Day, Blende course. You will need to attend approximately 8.3 hours of class, over 1 days a week, for 18 Months. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 2.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 4.1 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Research, study, preparation reviewing class work from the Moodle platform and self-initiated learning.
Visiting retailers and shopping centres to keep abreast of current and emerging trends, follow on social media VM ambassadors for a range of prominent brands, follow international trends, read VM subscriptions
Students are also provided with the opportunity to undertake 30 hours of work placement during their vacation periods over the length of their course.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are creative in nature and be interested in the retail sector.
    The role of a visual merchandiser is very physical so they do need to be mobile and have strength to move large objects.
    They are not be expected to possess any visual merchandising industry skills.

    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
    • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
    • Easy computing online short courses
    • Access to local TAFE libraries

You will need to attend approximately 9 hours of class a week over 1 days per week for 54 weeks. Your classes will run on Wednesday from 9:00am - 6:15pm.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual 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 Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Students are required to have a kit of tools that are an essential part of the visual merchandiser?s role.
    This would include but not limited to staple gun and staples, hammer, scissors, wire cutters, nylon, steel pins, Stanley knife, glue gun and glue sticks.

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Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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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.

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Core Units
Number Title
SIRXWHS002 Contribute to workplace health and safety
SIRRMER010 Style using visual merchandising aids
SIRRMER011 Design and install merchandise signage
SIRRMER004 Develop visual merchandising creative concepts
SIRRMER006 Achieve visual merchandising targets
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
SIRRMER005 Implement visual merchandising concepts
SIRRMER007 Design and install visual merchandising displays
Elective Units
Number Title
SIRRMER009 Plan and organise display lighting
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
SIRRMER008 Plan and style merchandise photo shoots
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
SIRXMGT004 Plan and manage retail projects
SIRRMER012 Develop retail space and product management plans
BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings

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

Visual merchandiser

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Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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