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MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration~

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Next intake February 2023
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

Are you a creative person with an eye for interior design? Through this course, you can experience what it is like to work as an interior decorator and develop the skills expected by employers and clients. 

You will learn to interpret design briefs and develop solutions for design projects. You will research interior design and decoration influences and research, analyse and apply colour to interior spaces. You will be able to recommend furniture and accessories and explore and apply the creative design process in 2D and 3D formats.

Upon graduation, you will have a portfolio of work to show potential employers and a network of industry contacts.

Take advantage of Job Trainer! Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Job Trainer opportunity Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

This is a JobTrainer Priority Course. All students who meet the Skills First eligibility criteria can access free or reduced tuition fees for this course. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Freelance interiors consultant
  • Retail decorator/design consultant
  • Building company employee
  • Interior consultant for soft and hard furnishings
  • Colour consultant

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2023 February
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 15 Feb 2023 
Class DayStart: 30 Jan 2023
Mon, Tue & Wed, 9AM to 5PM
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Design skills and knowledge are desirable

Core Units Code Hours
Decorate residential interiors MSFID4012 80
Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces MSFID4016 85
Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms BSBDES302 50
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms BSBDES303 50
Produce drawings to communicate ideas CUAACD301 80
Produce technical drawings CUAACD303 50
Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements MSFGN4001 25
Elective Units Code Hours
Advise customers on interior decoration MSFSF3010 52
Collaborate in creative processes BSBCRT413 40
Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces MSFID4021 60
Develop and extend design skills and practice CUADES413 30
Develop and refine illustrative work CUAILL401 50
Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation MSFID4015 20
Produce computer-aided drawings CUAACD312 60
Research and recommend furniture and accessories MSFID4017 36
Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors MSFID4018 54
Research interior decoration and design influences MSFID4019 40


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.87 per hour 862 AUD $750.00 AUD $8,214.00
Standard Tuition AUD $4.34 per hour 862 AUD $3,741.00 AUD $8,214.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.38 per hour 862 AUD $12,396.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $250.75 once
Equipment Levy AUD $104.00 once
Licence AUD $260.00 once
Education Levy AUD $129.30


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 25/01/2023 4:01:10 PM