Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to provide advice and practical assistance on the finishing and furnishing of existing interior spaces to meet client requirements. Decoration at this level includes residential or commercial environments and involves working directly with the client or with associated professionals such as architects, builders, retailers, interior designers and suppliers required to implement a project.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The LMF40408 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration reflects vocational outcomes in retail, consulting and building businesses as interior decorators or colour consultants performing a broad range of skilled applications in furnishing including requirements to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices, and provision of some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of the skills.

This qualification is typically used to develop skills and a breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge in a range of decoration advice and services including:

research and analysis of the client's goals and requirements

planning and arranging space

interior styling

specifying finishes and furnishings

selection of colours

specifications and purchasing.

The work would cover a broad range of varied activities or applications in a wide variety of contexts, most of which are complex and non-routine. Leadership and guidance would be involved when organising self and others as well as contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMF31908 Certificate III in Interior Decoration (Retail Services) or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification may include LMF50408 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration and 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 LMF40408 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, competency must be achieved in nineteen (19) units of competency.

eight (8) core units of competency

eleven (11) 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 eight (8) units from this list.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic BSBDES302A

Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

add topic BSBDES303A

Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

add topic CUVCOR09B

Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept

add topic CUVCRS04B

Produce technical drawings

add topic LMFID4001A

Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces

add topic LMFID4002A

Decorate residential interiors

add topic LMFID4011A

Determine occupational health and safety implications of interior effects

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Select eleven (11) units from Groups A and B as specified below.

Group A

Select a minimum of seven (7) units from Group A

Unit code

Unit title


add topic BSBCRT401A

Articulate, present and debate ideas

add topic BSBCRT402A

Collaborate in a creative process

add topic BSBDES301A

Explore the use of colour

add topic BSBDES305A

Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

add topic BSBDES401A

Generate design solutions

add topic BSBDES403A

Develop and extend design skills and practice

add topic BSBMGT402A

Implement operational plan

add topic BSBSMB405A

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBWOR204A

Use business technology

add topic CUFDIG303A

Produce and prepare photo images

add topic CUFDIG304A

Create visual design components

add topic CUVCOR08B

Produce drawings to represent and communicate the concept

add topic CUVCRS03B

Produce computer-aided drawings

add topic CUVDSP11B

Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

add topic CUVDSP15B

Research and apply techniques for application to spatial design

add topic LMFFDT4012A

Produce ideation drawings

add topic LMFID3002A

Source and specify decoration products

add topic LMFID4003A

Prepare a materials board for client presentation

add topic LMFID4004A

Research and recommend furniture and accessories

add topic LMFID4005A

Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

add topic LMFID4006A

Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors

add topic LMFID4007A

Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors

add topic LMFID4008A

Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

add topic LMFID4009A

Research architectural styles and movements

add topic LMFID4010A

Research interior decoration and design influences

add topic MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

add topic MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Group B

Up to four (4) relevant units can be chosen from units not already selected from Group A, or units available in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses. Those units must be aligned at Certificate III level (maximum 1 unit), Certificate IV level (maximum 4 units) or Diploma 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:


communicate effectively and efficiently with colleagues, suppliers and clients

interpret correspondence, verbal and written project briefs

interpret work instructions, technical and conceptual information

communicate research findings and creative ideas

visually communicate creative concepts and direction to colleagues, suppliers and clients

use digital forms of communication - emails, digital photo's and scanned document knowledge

produce drawings to communicate the concept

communicate verbally and in writing with contractors and suppliers on technical issues

confirm a brief with client

complete standard documentation

undertake measurements and calculations

undertake interactive workplace communication

present information


share or discuss decoration concepts and ideas with others

work with a diverse range of cultures, trades and backgrounds

liaise and work with suppliers

collaborate on decoration solutions

work with trades and craftspeople to achieve successful project outcomes

work independently or as a team member

demonstrate and encourage others in working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

identify role of others in the decoration process

undertake appropriate and effective communication with others in the design process


interpret and resolve decoration briefs

analyse research findings

develop and resolve decoration ideas

overcome and find solutions to constraints in project briefs

recognise and address quality issues and problems relating to decoration and business activities

solve problems in relation to the realisation of design decoration outcomes within the client's budget

solve problems in relation to the realisation of design decoration outcomes that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable

assess and evaluate skill requirements of self and others to perform tasks

apply knowledge of fabrics and materials to solve decoration problems

assess quality of materials before using in decoration solutions

Initiative and enterprise

explore the potential of factors constraining or impacting on decoration solutions

initiate a particular decoration direction

realise decoration solutions

explore decoration options

manage changes to decoration brief or solution

work autonomously with the confidence to recommend selections and review projects to continually learn and improve service

identify non-conformances to standards and take appropriate action

identify effective ways to achieve decoration outcomes

rectify problems promptly and appropriately

Planning and organising

prepare for undertaking a decoration project

coordinate decoration activities with other project timelines such as construction

organise decoration materials and equipment

make, confirm and alter client and supplier appointments and presentations according to workplace schedules and personnel activities

prepare business correspondence, purchase orders and invoices in a timely manner

prepare effective and clear decoration specifications on time and to agreed industry standards

collect, analyse and organise client information to arrange projects professionally and on time


evaluate and monitor own work and the work of others

develop individual project plans

manage own time effectively

establish own work schedules and take responsibility for the deliverables associated with individual projects, team ventures and client proposals

manage own work

monitor information in work area

keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

locate, interpret and apply relevant information

monitor own work against quality standards

understand own work activities and responsibilities

manage work load priorities


conduct ongoing professional research in decoration knowledge

maintain professional decoration skills

manage own learning and professional development activities

accept and respond to feedback, and use feedback as an opportunity to improve professional knowledge and skills

manage own self-directed learning to continually keep up to date with available products, services and current trends

identify shortfalls in knowledge and undertake research or training to fill gaps

maintain a knowledge of industry standards

assess competencies in meeting job requirements

ask questions to expand own knowledge

experiment with decoration ideas and review outcomes


observe OHS principles when using technology

research technological developments relevant to decoration work

use computers and appropriate software to develop and realise a decoration solution

use technology to organise and maintain client and business data

work with technology safely and according to workplace standards