The Certificate III in Upholstery provides apprentices with comprehensive production and traditional upholstery training in all practical and theoretical aspects of the trade .
Career opportunities, include:
- sewing machinists
- pattern maker
- bedding industry
- auto and marine trim industry/restorer/reproducer
- caravan fitter
- coffin maker
- chair/couch maker
- antique restorer/reproducer
Pathways to further study:
- Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology MSF40213
- Certificate IV in Interior Design MSF40118
- Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110
- Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210
- Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying CPC60108
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Studying the Certificate III in Upholstery at Holmesglen
You will learn to use a range of specialist materials and techniques related to both production and traditional upholstery, including dismantling and reassembling furniture and selecting, cutting, sewing and fitting fabric and leather upholstery materials.
When you complete the course, you will be creating new masterpieces and have the skills to return old furniture to its former glory.
To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:
25 units of competency:
14 core units
11 elective units.
If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.
||Make measurements and calculations
||Communicate in the workplace
||Work in a team
||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
||Use upholstery sector hand and power tools
||Machine sew basic upholstery final cover materials
||Develop cutting plan and cut single layer upholstery fabric
||Read and interpret work documents
||Estimate and cost job
||Repair and touch up surfaces
||Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
||Fit upholstery components
||Apply contemporary foundations to upholstered furniture
||Dismantle and re-assemble furniture for upholstering
||Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniques
||Apply finishing techniques to upholstered furniture
||Cut, sew and fit skirts to upholstered furniture
||Cut, sew and fit or fill cushions
||Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using decorative techniques
||Manufacture and fit loose covers
||Apply traditional foundations to upholstered furniture
||Lay out patterns and cut leather
||Fit and apply leather to furniture
||Sew leather by machine
| Code || Name |
|MSFGN2001||Make measurements and calculations|
|MSMSUP102||Communicate in the workplace|
|MSMSUP106||Work in a team|
|MSMENV272||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices|
|MSFUP2001||Use upholstery sector hand and power tools|
|MSFUP2004||Machine sew basic upholstery final cover materials|
|MSFUP2005||Develop cutting plan and cut single layer upholstery fabric|
|MSFGN3001||Read and interpret work documents|
|MSFGN3002||Estimate and cost job|
|MSFFF3006||Repair and touch up surfaces|
|TLID2003||Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances|
|MSFUP2002||Fit upholstery components|
|MSFUP2003||Apply contemporary foundations to upholstered furniture|
|MSFUP2006||Dismantle and re-assemble furniture for upholstering|
|MSFUP3002||Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniques|
|MSFUP3008||Apply finishing techniques to upholstered furniture|
|MSFUP3010||Cut, sew and fit skirts to upholstered furniture|
|MSFUP3011||Cut, sew and fit or fill cushions|
|MSFUP3003||Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using decorative techniques|
|MSFUP3007||Manufacture and fit loose covers|
|MSFUP3001||Apply traditional foundations to upholstered furniture|
|MSFUP3004||Lay out patterns and cut leather|
|MSFUP3006||Fit and apply leather to furniture|
|MSTLG2002||Sew leather by machine|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
As this is an apprenticeship delivery, all students must have an employer and a valid Apprenticeship Contract in place prior to commencement.
Although not compulsory, successful completion of Year 10 is recommended.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to have Epsilon registration and signed contract with an employer, signed training plan, complete a literacy and numeracy assessment (BKSB) and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability for the course, verity your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
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Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will receive the MSF30713 Certificate III in Upholstery
How to apply
A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment.
A representative from the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice.
Visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au for more information.
If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:
03 9564 1888
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship||$1,728|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession
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