Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to design kitchens, bathrooms and interior spaces to meet client requirements.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces targets those designing kitchens, bathrooms and other interior spaces that typically feature built-in cabinetry and furniture. Employment outcomes include small business operators in kitchen and bathroom design or product supply, and specialist design personnel.

This qualification is typically used to develop specialist kitchen and bathroom design skills. However, units in the qualification also support the application of design skills to other interior spaces. It is suitable for those working in the kitchens and bathroom industries, or with furnishing, joinery or cabinet making skills, in order to prepare them for providing a design service in these industries.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMF30409 Certificate III in Cabinet Making, LMF32009 Certificate III in Kitchen and Bathrooms (Client Services), LMF31908 Certificate III in Interior Decoration (Retail Services), LMF40408 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, or achieved equivalent industry experience, for example, in the areas of interior decoration and design, sales and marketing of kitchen or bathroom products and designs, or manufacture of cabinets and components.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification include LMF50408 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration.

Licensing considerations

Depending on the state and territory where work is undertaken, licensing may relate to this qualification to enable the candidate to conduct work on-site or manage implementation of designs. At the minimum, licensing requirements will usually involve construction induction training covered by the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces, competency must be achieved in twenty (20) units of competency, made up of:

thirteen (13) core units of competency

seven (7) elective units of competency

Assessment must be conducted in accordance with the Assessment Guidelines. Units must be selected according to the rules described below


Select all thirteen (13) units from this list.

add topic BSBDES401A

Generate design solutions

add topic CPCCOHS1001A

Work safely in the construction industry

add topic LMFDN4001B

Produce drawings from design concepts

add topic LMFFM3013B

Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products

add topic LMFID4001A

Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces

add topic LMFID4007A

Identify building materials, construction techniques and methods used in interiors

add topic LMFID5005A

Explore and apply creative design principles to interior space

add topic LMFKB3001A

Identify processes in kitchen and bathroom projects

add topic LMFKB3008A

Identify cabinet construction and installation methods

add topic LMFKB4003A

Identify and document services required to support fitted furniture designs

add topic LMFKB4006A

Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design project

add topic LMFKB4007A

Design ancillary residential cabinetry

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Select seven (7) units of competency as below:

a minimum of two (2) must be chosen from either Group A OR Group B specialisation units

a maximum of five (5) may be selected from Group A, B or C

Group A - Kitchen Specialisation

add topic LMFKB4001A

Determine spatial planning considerations for kitchen designs

add topic LMFKB4002A

Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for kitchen designs

Group B - Bathroom Specialisation

add topic LMFKB4004A

Determine spatial planning considerations for bathroom design

add topic LMFKB4005A

Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for bathroom designs

Group C - General electives

add topic LMFKB4008A

Determine layout for laundry components

add topic LMFKB3002A

Determine requirements for installation of cabinets

add topic LMFKB3003A

Check and measure fit of cabinets

add topic LMFKB3007A

Provide advice on cabinet design features

add topic LMFFDT4004A

Assess environmental impact of a design

add topic LMFFM3011B

Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings

add topic LMFFT4001B

Coordinate on-site installation of furnishing products

add topic LMFFT4007B

Sample, inspect and test products to specifications

add topic LMFFT4008B

Interpret and use workplace information

add topic LMFFT4009B

Match furnishing style/materials to customer requirements

add topic LMFID4008A

Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

add topic LMFID4009A

Research architectural styles and movements

add topic LMFID4011A

Determine occupational health and safety implications of interior effects

add topic BSBCRT401A

Articulate, present and debate ideas

add topic BSBCUS402A

Address customer needs

add topic BSBDES301A

Explore the use of colour

add topic BSBDES305A

Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

add topic BSBMKG413A

Promote products and services

add topic BSBSMB403A

Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB405A

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances

add topic BSBWOR204A

Use business technology

add topic CUVDSP15B

Research and apply techniques for application to spatial design

add topic MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

add topic MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

add topic MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

Three (3) relevant units may be drawn from other units in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses (which may include three from a Certificate IV, up to one from a Certificate III and one from a Diploma).

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses 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


Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the kitchen and bathroom industries for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that reflect skill requirements for this level.

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 photos 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

Problem solving

Interpret and resolve kitchen and bathroom design briefs

Analyse research findings

Develop and resolve design ideas

Overcome and find solutions to constraints in project briefs

Recognise and address quality issues and problems relating to design and business activities

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

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

Assess and evaluate skills requirements of self and others to perform tasks

Apply knowledge of fabrics and materials to solve design problems

Assess quality of materials before using in design solutions

Initiative and enterprise

Explore the potential of factors constraining or impacting on kitchen or bathroom design solutions

Initiate a particular kitchen or bathroom design direction

Realise kitchen or bathroom design solutions

Explore kitchen or bathroom design options

Manage changes to kitchen or bathroom design 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 kitchen or bathroom design outcomes

Rectify problems promptly and appropriately

Planning and organising

Prepare for undertaking a kitchen or bathroom design project

Coordinate activities with other project timelines such as construction

Organise design 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 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 kitchen or bathroom design knowledge

Maintain professional 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 ideas and review outcomes


Observe occupational health and safety (OHS) principles when using technology

Research technological developments relevant to kitchen or bathroom design work

Use computers and appropriate software to develop and realise a kitchen or bathroom design solution

Use information technology (IT) to organise and maintain client and business data

Work with technology safely and according to workplace standards