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, we have three different modes of delivery:

  • in the classroom – one in-person class a week
  • 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.

If you don't live in Victoria or New South Wales, or are not eligible for funding, 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, or those of you with a passion to create beautiful spaces. This course 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

Our new online learning platform will support your learning, no matter what mode of delivery you choose.


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 include interior decoration, interior styling, colour consulting, retail or brand specialists.

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.

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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 Heard, Trainer & Assessor



Mel is all about the feels, the emotional response design provokes. She loves being able to share this passion alongside her decade of industry knowledge, whether it be with her clients or the hundreds of students she has mentored!

Deciding to learn the essentials of Interior Decoration is what lead Mel to being a part of one of our first classes offered at Design School! She loved it here so much she has never left! Since completing her studies with us she has gone on to start her own successful business, Charchi. Product styling, passive design and sustainability are her loves, as well as that, she is obsessed with SketchUp (and our guru).

Mel has written articles for Dulux in the weekend Domain home magazine and the Plyroom Journal which she loves as she is always passionate about sharing her knowledge. Mel is always looking to push herself and is grateful for all of her experiences, especially the failures, as they have made her the designer she is today.

These experiences alongside patience and passion have been fundamental to her growth. Mel’s charisma will warm your soul. You won’t see her without a smile on her face or a willingness to share her knowledge with you and inspire your creative journey.

You can follow Mel here: @charchi

Melissa Bailey, Trainer and Assessor



Seven years ago, Melissa made a bold move leaving a legal role to pursue where her heart lay- design. She has worked across a number of creative industries including residential interior decoration and styling; visual merchandising and floral and event styling. Always wanting to know the ‘why’ Melissa decided she best invest in some study and enrolled at, well, we’ll give you one guess!

Since becoming a Design School graduate, Melissa has worked and collaborated as a shoot stylist with fellow Design School graduates and local Melbourne stylists with some of her work featuring in Green Magazine and The Local Project. She also uses her knowledge and expertise in property styling to consult with real estate agents and vendors about key styling aspects when selling a home. A keen writer, Melissa has also written articles and blog pieces for BuildHer Collective and on behalf of Mahlia Interiors for Interior’s Addict. 

She is absolutely thrilled to be part of the team at Design School, just look for the kind welcoming smile!

You can follow Melissa here: @thestylingkind

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.


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