About the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40118)

Focusing on the essential skills you will need as an Interior Decorator, the course teaches you the foundations of colour and design whilst equipping you with all of the necessary practical skills to work within the decorating industry.

The course is a perfect blend of theoretical elements, hands on practical experience, and real life industry briefs to ensure that you are ready to launch yourself into the interiors industry on completion.

Explore how to create design concepts, communicate and present your ideas confidently and deliver comprehensive and well-resolved interior schemes. You will learn how to confidently work with soft furnishings, room layouts, specifying colour, styling interiors and illustrating your ideas.

You will graduate with an extensive portfolio of work, essential industry contacts and the confidence to succeed in the interiors industry.


Course Duration – 20-25 hours per week, up to 12 months.

Your learning experience combines the flexibility to study the way you want to suit your lifestyle. Is based on live briefs on real projects and utilises the latest technology and methodologies to ensure you have a great learning experience that is engaging and fun.


Finish your interiors diploma program by gaining practical and technical skills to thrive as an Interior Designer.


  • The ability to generate ideas and concepts to create decorating solutions for interior spaces including materials and finishes, furniture layouts and materials boards for client presentations.
  • An understanding of client analysis and expectations for design projects including project coordination, fees and scheduling.
  • An extensive knowledge of colour theory and its application to design including interior scheming, finishes and the effects of lighting in interiors.
  • In-depth knowledge of soft furnishings, furniture and spatial design.
  • The ability to confidently source and style furniture and accessories in response to a client brief.
  • The ability to produce architectural drawings including perspective drawings, drafting and rendering and AutoCAD to communicate concepts.
  • Examine two and three-dimensional spatial planning.
  • Understand the hard materials and techniques used in the construction of built environments.

Career Outcomes

After you complete the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration you will be able to secure an industry position through internships and support roles in;

  • Interior Decorators
  • Residential Stylists
  • Real Estate Stylist
  • Soft furnishing Design Consultant

With over 30 years of design industry
experience and a forward-thinking focus and
creative and supportive environment.

Work with our industry partners on design briefs
and graduate with real-world experience.

You can complete your course online from
the comfort of your own home.

Course Structure (Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40118)

The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40118) is run over 52 weeks and is broken down into 2 study blocks. Each study block is 26 weeks and consists of dedicated assessment time and 2 weeks break between each block.

The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40118) is run over 52 weeks and is broken down into 2 study blocks. Each study block is 26 weeks and consists of dedicated assessment time and 2 weeks break between each block.

Units of Competency*

CUADES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
CUADES301 Explore the use of colour

CUAACD313 Produce technical drawings
CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas practices

CUADES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
MSFGN4001 Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements

BSBCRT413 Collaborate in creative processes
CUADES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

MSFID4016 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior and exterior spaces
MSFID5027 Research and recommend colour and applied finishes

MSFID4015 Prepare a materials board for client presentation
MSFID4021 Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

MSFID4017 Research and recommend furniture and accessories
MSFID5018 Provide interior styling service

MSFID4012 Decorate residential interiors
CUADES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
MSFID4013 Design residential lighting
*Units of competency are subject to change.

Price and Payment Options

Price: $7690

Upfront Payments: You can make an upfront payment for your course at the time of enrolment.

Instalment Plans: You can choose to pay your course fees or gap payments via instalment plans. All instalment plans are managed by a third party. All third party details can be found on the enrolment form terms and conditions.

Assessments & Briefs

Assessments are made up of a series of research and practical briefs that include a major residential design project.

Entry Requirements

For entry into the Certificate IV course with iscd, applicants will need to:

  • Be at least 16 years+ of age at time of enrolment;
  • Have the ability to read and write English and display numeracy skills to at least Year 10 level;
  • If an international student, have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.0 (with no individual score less than 5.0); or,
  • Have completed Australian Year 10 schooling (please provide a copy of your Certificate) or equivalent; or,
  • Have completed a Nationally Recognised Certificate III qualification delivered in English within the last 5 years; and;
    • have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) or have appropriate exemption;
    • have a unique email address;
    • have access to a computer with an internet connection.

There are no prerequisite requirements for this course.

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