Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40122

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This nationally recognised MSF40122 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration will help you turn your individual style into an exciting and creative career. Learn the skills to establish a successful career within the industry and open up a range of diverse and colorful job outcomes.

Course Breakdown


MSF40122 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 24 months

Recommended hours per week: 9.5h

Delivery method: Online

Qualification level: Certificate IV

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

According to Job Outlook, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, the demand for other technicians and trades workers which include Interior Decorators is expected to grow moderately (6.1%) over the next 5 years (2021-2026).

Source: [Accessed 4/10/23]

Is this course for you?

Learners may choose to enrol in the MSF40122 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration as an entry point to working in a firm or establishing their own design business, alternatively, they undertake the qualification as a pathway to the MSF50222 Diploma of Interior Design.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

During this course, you'll learn how to:

  • work with clients and other building and design professionals and suppliers
  • research and analyse client goals and requirements
  • plan, design and arrange space
  • style interiors
  • specify finishes and furnishings
  • select colours
  • advise on specifications and purchasing

Learning Material

Your learning materials are accessed through our online platform OpenSpace. These learning materials include:

  • Learning content
  • Media
  • Additional resources
  • Practice activities
  • Self-checks

Your trainer

Zaid Kilani
Zaid started working in the Interior Design field for an elite custom furniture company, focusing on 3D modelling in furniture and interior design for both commercial and residential projects. Zaid holds a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, along with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Academic Information

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements.

Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • Source information on 2-dimensional design
  • Explore the creative design process for 2-dimensional forms
  • Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 2-dimensional forms
Produce technical drawings
  • Prepare and plan for technical drawing work
  • Create technical drawings
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • Source information on 3-dimensional design
  • Explore the creative design process for 3-dimensional forms
  • Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 3-dimensional forms
Research interior decoration and design influences
  • Plan research
  • Gather and analyse information on interior decoration and design influences
  • Maintain currency with design and decoration movements and styles
Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Plan drawing work
  • Experiment to represent ideas
  • Create drawings
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is maximum 24 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.

Entry Requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

To successfully complete this course, Open Colleges recommends that students:

  • Are 18 years old (note: students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol)
  • Have access to a modern computer with video / audio playback capabilities and high-speed internet
  • 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 to save and upload video/image files to OpenSpace, e.g., mobile phone/smartphone.

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. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete

  • Year 12 or ACSF Level 3, or
  • Certificate III level or higher

Physical Requirements

Learners will be required to operate office equipment and resources including photocopier, scanner and printer in a safe environment that includes an ergonomically sound computer workstation.

Audio-Visual Requirements

Learners need access to a digital camera, and related software, for taking photos for design tasks, projects and documenting the design processes.

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 (MDF board with set squares and T-Square as a minimum)
  • ergonomic chair
  • bookshelves
  • filing system
  • desk lamp
  • computer (see computer requirements above)
  • internet access (see computer requirements above)
  • storage for drawing equipment.

Learners will also need:

  • access to an A4 – A3 printer or photocopier
  • access to a high-resolution colour printer
  • access to a high resolution, large format scanner

Student Art Pack

Supplied in SP1 and SP2 by Open Colleges Learners are supplied with a Student Art Pack by Open Colleges. This includes:

  • 4x Link Pens
  • A3 sketch pad 110gms cartridge paper 100pp
  • Scale ruler
  • A3 visual diary
  • A3 Black Diary
  • A3 Tracing paper pad65gsm 25 sheets
  • A3 white foam core
  • Set square
  • Graphite Sketch Set
  • Glue tape removable
  • Brush Bundle Pack
  • 12 Well Paint Pallet
  • Coloured Pencils 12 pack
  • A3 Foamboard 5mm - Black on Black
  • Colour wheel
  • 3x Graphic marker pens
  • Gouache Colour CMYK

Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 25%
$6,405.00 Save $2,135.00
was $8,540.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 8%
Pay in 84 instalments over the length of your course.
$90.95 Weekly
Total course cost: $7,840.00
was $8,540.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone