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  • Learning MethodOnline
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationSelf-paced
    Max 30 months
Nationally Recognised Training

Please note that Open Colleges is a private institution and it is unlikely any government funding will be available for this course. This course will not qualify for Free TAFE. 

Course Overview

Accreditation: Nationally Recognised Qualification

Career Outcomes:

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decoration Consultant
  • See a full list further below

Embark on a transformative journey with the MSF40122 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, a nationally recognized program offered by Open Colleges. This self-paced, 24-month online course, requiring a recommended commitment of 9.5 hours per week, nurtures individual styles into vibrant careers.

Aligned with Australian government data projecting a 6.1% growth in demand for Interior Decorators, this qualification serves as a gateway to diverse job outcomes. Aspiring professionals can choose to work in firms, establish design businesses, or progress to the MSF50222 Diploma of Interior Design.

Delve into skills such as client collaboration, space planning, interior styling, and specification expertise. With this course, your learning experience will include engaging online resources and practical activities. Prepare for rewarding career outcomes as an Independent/Freelance Interior Decoration Consultant, Junior Interior Designer, or Retail Assistant.

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued a MSF50222 Diploma of Interior Design by Open Colleges (RTO: 90796).

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Job Outcomes

  • Colour Consultant
  • Interior Decoration Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Soft Furnishing Consultant

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification, as per the MSF – Furnishing Training Package Training Package but learners need to possess some creative and design skills that can be demonstrated by: 

– Confirmation that the learner completed a relevant subject at High School (Art, Design, Digital Media, Animation or Visual Communication); and/or 

– Confirmation that the learner has completed subsequent courses or qualifications in a related field, this may include the Cert IV in Design Fundamentals, Cert IV in Design or similar course that builds basic creative and design skills; and/or 

– Confirmation that the learner has a minimum of 12 months experience in the Interior Design and Decoration industry and has undertaken tasks that have demonstrated at least basic creative and design skills.

It is also recommended that students:

  • Are 18 years old 
  • Have access to a modern computer 
  • Have access to Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Have basic computing skills, including ability to make a short video
  • Have access to a digital video recording device.


Skill Requirements

To successfully complete this course, learners will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Use the computer, mouse and keyboard with proficiency 
  • Operate design software (AutoCAD and Adobe CS ) for creating designs
  • Attach and use peripheral devices such as a scanner, digital camera, media storage 
  • Scan hand drawn conceptual images
  • You will also be required to register for AutoCAD software, which is available free for students enrolled in an approved education institution.

Creative Ability:

  • You’ll need to possess some creative and design skills. These may be demonstrated by confirmation that you have:
  • completed a relevant subject at high school (such as art, design, digital media, animation or communication); and/or
  • completed subsequent courses or qualifications in a related field, this may include the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals, Certificate IV in Design or some other course that builds basic creative and design skills; and/or
  • at least 12 months of experience in the interior design and decoration industry and, in doing so, have undertaken tasks that have demonstrated at least basic creative and design skills

Design Software:

Students will be required to register for AutoCAD software, available free to students enrolled in an approved educational institution. 

This course requires students to read comprehensive learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussion forums. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, we recommend students have the language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensures the ability to read and comprehend technical terms and communicate effectively through email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete year 12.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to work independently and use own familiar support resources, communicate effectively via email, and identify relevant information from a range of written texts. 

Learners are recommended to have the language, literacy, and numeracy skills equivalent to those that successfully completed Year 12.

Simulated Workplace Requirements

It is essential that learners have access to a specific place where they undertake their assessment activities. This work area should be designed as a home office area or design studio. Learners will be asked to submit photographic evidence of their simulated workplace facility prior to assessment in Study Period 1.

The simulated workplace facility may include tools, equipment and resources, including:

  • workstation/layout table and drawing board 
  • ergonomic chair
  • bookshelves
  • filing system
  • computer 
  • internet access 
  • storage for drawing equipment.


CUAACD313   Produce technical drawings

CUADES302   Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

MSFID4019    Research interior decoration and design influences

CUADES303   Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

BSBCRT512    Originate and develop concepts

CUAACD311   Produce drawings to communicate ideas

CUADES301   Explore the use of color

MSFID4016    Design color schemes for interior and exterior spaces

MSFID5018    Provide interior styling service

MSMENV272   Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSFGN4001   Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements

MSFID5020   Design residential interiors

MSFID5022   Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space

BSBSMB420 Evaluate and develop small business operations

BSBDES401 Generate design solutions

MSFID4018   Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors

MSFID5025   Develop residential interior design project documentation

MSFID4014   Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects

CUAANM303   Create 3D digital models

MSFID4017   Research and recommend furniture and accessories

MSFID4021   Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces

BSBDES502   Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

MSFID5021   Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs

MSFID5016   Develop decoration proposals for complex sites

MSFID4013   Design residential interior lighting

CUAPPR503   Present a body of own creative work

CPCCWHS1001   Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run Registered Training Organisation (RTO), not government-run like a TAFE. Therefore, Open Colleges cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Open Colleges.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.


About the Institution

Open Colleges (RTO 90796) is an Australian education market leader with over 125 years of experience. Now an online learning market leader, Open Colleges focuses on supporting individuals to learn at their own pace.