Certificate III in Interior Decoration Retail Services

Course code: MSF31018

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to provide practical assistance and advice to customers on interior decorating in a retail showroom or residential environment.

The qualification is designed to develop the knowledge and skills for the selection and coordination of interior furnishings and finishes for residential and commercial interiors. The program provides students with the practical skills and knowledge to plan and implement creative decoration solutions to apply to a diverse range of projects.

The program will provide students with skills to present their initial ideas into concept sketches, and through to final implementation. Areas of study include colour theory, soft furnishings, hard materials and client communication. To produce and develop a fantastic portfolio, computer programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, Word and Excel are used to create and present the project work.

Consider this course if you:

  • Are creative and design-oriented
  • Like to decorate and style rooms
  • Have an interest in fabrics, colour, furniture and lighting
  • Are flexible and able to adapt in a team setting
  • Are comfortable using computer software
  • Are keen to learn more about the interior design industry

For more information about the course, download the Information Booklet.

  • Sample competencies covered in the first year include:
    • Produce drawings from design concepts
    • Explore the use of colour
    • Provide technical advice to customers
    • Advise customers on interior decoration
  • Sample competencies covered in the second year include:
    • Style a retail display
    • Recommend home and home improvement products and services
    • Estimate and cost job
    • Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context

Holmesglen Institute (Chadstone Campus)

Box Hill Institute (Nelson Campus)

Holmesglen Institute
RTO Number: 0416

Box Hill Institute
RTO Number: 4687

Holmesglen Institute

Year 1 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Year 2 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.30pm


Box Hill Institute

Year 1 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Year 2 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm


Part Time / Face to Face

This is a two year course.

Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

80 hours of work placement (over two years) is recommended.

Contact the VET Coordinator at your Secondary College for specific information regarding your College’s application process. Your VET Coordinator and/or staff from your Secondary College will assist you with planning for your VCE or VCAL certificate and will advise you where a VET Course fits within this plan. They will also give you information about travel arrangements and any costs associated with VET Courses.

For information on the IMVC Application Process please go to About VET Delivered in Schools.

Contact your school to discuss fees for VET courses.

VCAL: This program contributes to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand.

VCE: Certificate III qualifications provide credit at VCE Units 1 to 4 level. Each completed 90 nominal hours of training provides one VCE unit of credit. Credit accrues in the following sequence: Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 3 and 4 up to a maximum of six VCE units.

ATAR: This subject does not have a study score and therefore cannot contribute towards the student’s primary four. Students who receive a Units 3 & 4 sequence may be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest result of your primary four scaled studies). Please note the student must already have English and three other fully scored VCE/VET subjects to create the primary four.

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Specialised Commercial or Residential Project Manager
  • Design Firm Administrator
  • Specialised areas of design i.e. bathroom, kitchen, restoration, hospitality and heath care projects