Certificate III in Production Upholstery

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform production upholstery including dismantling and reassembling furniture and selecting, cutting, sewing and fitting fabric and leather upholstery materials and producing loose covers.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The LMF31102 Certificate III in Production Upholstery reflects vocational outcomes for those performing upholstery job roles including dismantling/reassembling furniture in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints

This qualification is typically used to develop skills and a breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge in production upholstery techniques and would cover selecting, adapting and transferring this skill and knowledge to new environments and providing technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specific problems. Application would be across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available and may involve some responsibility for others. Participation in teams including group or team coordination may be required.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMF20802 Certificate II in Upholstery or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification may include LMF40202 Certificate IV in Furnishing Technology, LMF40408 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or similar qualifications plus relevant supervisory, management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the LMF31102 Certificate III in Production Upholstery, competency must be achieved in twenty-five (25) units of competency.

sixteen (16) core units of competency

nine (9) elective units of competency.

Note: Where prerequisite units apply, these have been listed, and must be considered in the total number of units.


Complete all sixteen (16) units from this list.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFGN3001B

Read and interpret work documents

add topic LMFGN3002B

Estimate and cost job

add topic LMFUP2001B

Use upholstery sector hand and power tools

add topic LMFUP2002B

Fit upholstery components

add topic LMFUP2003B

Apply contemporary foundations to upholstered furniture

add topic LMFUP2004B

Machine sew upholstery final cover materials (basic)

add topic LMFUP2005B

Develop cutting plan and cut single layer upholstery fabric

add topic LMFUP2006B

Dismantle/reassemble furniture for upholstering

add topic LMFUP3002B

Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniques

add topic LMFUP3008B

Apply finishing techniques to upholstered furniture

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team

add topic TLID307E

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances


Select nine (9) units from Groups A and B as specified below.

Group A

Select a minimum of four (4) units from Group A.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFUP3012B

Apply marine sewing and installation techniques

add topic LMFUP3001B

Apply traditional foundations to upholstered furniture

add topic LMFUP3013B

Cut and sew canvas and acrylics

add topic LMFUP3011B

Cut, sew and fit or fill cushions

add topic LMFUP3010B

Cut, sew and fit skirts to upholstered furniture

add topic LMFUP3009B

Develop cutting plan and cut multiple layer upholstery fabric

add topic LMFUP3003B

Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using decorative techniques

add topic LMFUP3006B

Fit and apply leather to furniture

add topic LMFUP3004B

Lay out patterns and cut leather

add topic LMFUP3005B

Machine sew upholstery final cover materials (complex)

add topic LMFUP3007B

Manufacture and fit loose covers

add topic LMFUP3014B

Set up, operate and maintain CNC cutting machines

Group B

Up to five (5) relevant units may be chosen from units not already selected from Group A, or units available in this Training Package or other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses. Those units must be aligned at Certificate II level (maximum 1 unit), Certificate III level (maximum 5 units) or Certificate IV level (maximum 1 unit).

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses via Group B must be relevant to the qualification outcome and not duplicate units available within this qualification.

If Competitive Manufacturing units are chosen (identified as MSACM in the code), these should only be selected on the basis of work requirements.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


complete written documents, forms and timesheets

use communication technologies efficiently

communicate production abnormalities

demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with people from a range of backgrounds

read, interpret and communicate production schedules

communicate with all team members


work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

liaise with and provide support to other team members

work as part of a team

keep team members informed of changes to work practices

identify team performance required to meet customer needs

provide leadership to others in the team

encourage the sharing of information between team members

plan and support team activities


identify and report problems and make contributions to their solution

investigate problem causes

implement changes

examine tools for damage, missing components or other defects

identify and promptly address problems or issues

assess quality of work pieces

determine effective work practices

provide problem solving support to team members

problem solve machine operational and maintenance requirements

Initiative and enterprise

seek and provide feedback on procedures

gather and analyse information

record information on the quality and other indicators of production performance

adjust and implement production schedules changes

provide leadership

identify and implement process improvements

coordinate work activities and manufacturing processes

monitor workplace performance

use analytical and decision making skills

Planning and organising

identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures

organise self and others to meet production schedules

identify and rectify stock shortages in advance

sequence work to maximise safety and productivity

select and use appropriate tools and equipment

determine materials, quality and production requirements

apply time management skills to ensure work flow


interpret and apply relevant acts and regulations

keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

conduct regular housekeeping activities

understand own work activities

manage own time and establish own work schedule

develop and implement workplace procedures and instructions

locate, interpret and apply information relevant to own work

monitor and evaluate own work quality

accept responsibility for quality of work


develop learning activities as appropriate

assess competencies in meeting job requirements

identify own training needs and seek skill development if required

listen to feedback from others

identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding

identify and address skill development needs of others in the team


use software applications effectively

properly start up, operate and shut down computers

work with technology safely and according to workplace standards

establish procedures

carry out pre-operational checks on equipment and machines

operate equipment and machines safely, efficiently and to productivity requirements

monitor and adjust machine functions

perform machine maintenance as determined by workplace procedures

clean and check equipment and machines