Interior Decoration

Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40118)

This nationally accredited course will challenge and inspire you to create beautiful spaces; it’s your entry point to an exciting career in design!

Certificate IV in Interior Decoration is now more accessible than ever with three delivery modes

We want you to undertake this course in a way that suits your learning style and location, so we’re now taking Expressions of Interest for three different modes of delivery:

  • in the classroom 
  • hybrid – one in-person class a month + online
  • online 

You may be eligible for subsidised study

We’re in the unique position of working with the Victorian and New South Wales Government training departments to provide subsidised funding to eligible students, where possible. This accredited qualification is delivered through Design School, as part of RTO 91454 MP Training and Recruitment.

We are currently taking Expressions of Interest to determine what delivery mode suits you. The delivery modes are summarised below, and the information collected will allow us to gauge numbers and assess your eligibility to receive government-subsidised training.

If you don’t live in Victoria or New South Wales, you’re still able to access the training at a fee for service rate.


Who is this course for?

This course is for those who love, and want to create a career in design. It complements industries like real estate, retail, photography - and the list goes on! It’s also fantastic for home renovators who want to make the most of their most significant investment! 

Whatever your reason, you’ll find the guidance you need to examine and refine your unique aesthetic, leading to a future career in an inspiring and continually-evolving creative industry.

We encourage students with a disability to register their interest in the mode of delivery that would be most suitable. 

How you'll learn


This qualification will give you a range of specialised practical and technical skills and knowledge. You’ll be able to provide advice and practical assistance on the finishing and furnishing of existing interior spaces. 

Career outcomes may include retail, consulting and construction as interior decorators or colour consultants. 

You’ll learn a range of skills through the modules, including:

  • Effective communication, including working effectively with clients and research and analysis of the client's goals and requirements
    • Produce drawings to communicate ideas CUAACD301
    • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms BSBDES302
    • Produce and prepare photo images CUADIG303
    • Prepare a materials board for client presentation MSFID4015
  • working with other building and design professionals and suppliers
    • Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements MSFGN4001
    • Produce technical drawings CUAACD303
  • understanding design influences and styles
    • Research interior decoration and design influences MSFID4019
  • planning, designing and arranging spaces
    • Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors MSFID4018
    • Design residential interior lighting MSFID4013
    • Explore and apply creative design process to 3D forms BSBDES303

  • interior styling
    • Decorate residential interiors MSFID4012
    • Provide interior styling service MSFID5018
    • Develop visual merchandising creative concepts SIRRMER004
  • specifying finishes and furnishings
    • Design soft furnishing solutions for interiors spaces MSFID4021
    • Research and recommend furniture and accessories MSFID4017
  • selection of colours
    • Design colour schemes for interior and exterior space MSFID4016
  • specifications and purchasing
    • Research and recommend artwork MSFID5028
  • using the positive power of social media and social platforms
    • Integral to all modules delivered throughout the course

Upon completing the course, you’ll have the confidence to create beautiful spaces that meet your client’s requirements.

Delivery Modes


Melbourne & Newcastle

Join your instructors and fellow students in the classroom in either Melbourne or Newcastle (just one and a half hours from Sydney).

The course is delivered once per week from 9:30am to 3pm. Course duration is generally 11 to 13 months.

Classroom students will also have full access to our brand new online course content.

Applications open:

  • Melbourne May 2021
  • Newcastle July 2021


Online and in Melbourne & Newcastle

The course is delivered with a monthly Saturday classroom session, alongside online delivery. Classes will be held in Melbourne, and in Newcastle (one and a half hours from Sydney) 

Hybrid students will have full access to our brand new online course content.

Course duration is generally 11 to 13 months.

Applications open:

  • Melbourne May 2021
  • Newcastle July 2021


Online Learning

The course is delivered entirely online, with no requirements to attend the classroom sessions.

Our brand new online course is designed to keep you engaged, with exciting video content, weekly tutorials and an innovative approach to assessment that breaks down your course requirements into understandable and achievable segments!

Course duration is generally 11 to 13 months. 

Online intake:

  • Mid- year 2021

*A decision on Classroom/Hybrid modes of delivery will be made in relation to interest received. Both modes may be delivered if there is enough interest.

Minimum Requirements

In order to undertake the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40118), you will need to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have completed Year 10 level or equivalent
  • Have access to a laptop for classes (whether weekly or monthly), or a computer for online delivery.
  • Have intermediate to advanced understanding of computer skills, in particular where the mode of delivery is Hybrid or Online. Computer skills will be tested prior to course entry.
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy will be tested prior to course entry



Jenna Densten, Trainer & Assessor



"Design has had a tremendous impact on the success of my own property investments. It has given me the opportunity to experience the innovation of both residential and retail design.

Through studying interior design, I now have the ability to create my own space exactly the way I like it.

Excitingly, I will be sharing my passion by bringing you the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40118), delivered by Design School as part of MP Training and Recruitment.

This course is for anyone interested in design, including home renovators, real estate agents, small business owners and other inspired souls.

With the creative industry predicted to have continued growth, now is the time. Start somewhere. Start here…"

You can follow Jenna here: @joshandjenna

Larissa Vendramini, Trainer & Assessor



Larissa has a strong background working collaboratively with the broader design community. Larissa has established her own small business, Curatorial Kin, focusing on design services and creative content development, merging her love of all things design in both space and print. 

With a passion for soft furnishings and experience with fabrics and furniture, her maximalist style has been complementary to various creative projects, from designing bespoke furnishings to lending a styling hand for Spring Racing marquees during the Melbourne Cup Carnival!

Larissa is a bubbly and approachable mentor with an abundance of knowledge of all things art and design.

You can follow Larissa here: @curatorialkin

Tim Neve, Trainer & Assessor



Tim is a well-known stylist in the Australian interior design industry. From editorial shoots to decorated interiors, his work has been published and profiled in print and online, from Architectural Digest internationally to Adore Magazine locally. He is the author of a 272-page hardcover book (Sandcastles, Murdoch Books) which received warm reviews worldwide. 

Tim is also a textile designer, his prints have been produced into linen homewares stocked around Australia by leading design retailers including Jumbled, The Block Shop and Oz Design furniture. Tim loves teaching, especially the Certificate IV Interior Decoration, where we get hands-on with styling, fabrics and materials boards. For the past five years, he has taught for some of Australia’s top design institutions - but is most thrilled to join the Design School team! 

You can follow Tim here: @timneve

Melissa Chatfield, Trainer & Assessor



Mel has always loved the world of interiors and has been involved in building and renovating homes for over a decade. Her interest sparked when renovating her own home. Deciding to go to school and learn the essentials of Interior Decoration led Mel to be part of one of our first classes at Design School! 

Since completing her studies with us, Mel has gone on to start her own successful business – Charchi – and she has also written articles for Dulux (Domain Home Magazine) and the Plyroom Journal – she is very passionate about sharing her knowledge!

As a charismatic creative, Mel is always wearing a smile and has a willingness to help anyone. 

You can follow Mel here: @charchi

Our Philosophy

A family business with over 20 years experience as a leading training provider; at Design School, we believe in a hands-on and practical approach to learning.

Real projects, real experiences, real stories and real industry knowledge.

Our courses offer a study-work-life balance by providing flexible face-to-face training and online options.

Small class sizes, talented, experienced and creative trainers, and the very latest in engaging course content (developed exclusively for you by our team over eight months) ensure you are on the pathway to success.

Sometimes, it’s the little guys who make the biggest impact.

Expressions of Interest | Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

We are currently collecting Expressions of Interest for the various delivery modes of the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.

The information collected will allow us to gauge class numbers and assess your eligibility to receive government-subsidised training.

Please ensure you have read our fee information.

And of course - you'll be the first to know when our next accredited course is available for enrolment. 


Please note: this is not an enrolment form - you are not enrolling in any course and will not be charged.

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