Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform design and decoration advice for building interiors. Design and decoration at this level covers the development of complete decorative schemes for the effective use of residential and commercial or institutional interior spaces, working with a client brief and within project parameters. It may also include specialist design areas such as facilities for people with disabilities and the aged.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The LMF50408 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration reflects vocational outcomes include:

self employment as an interior decorator, colour consultant or interior stylist

in-house Interior designer or decorator for design and decoration consultancies, furniture, furnishings and fabric suppliers, furnishing departments of retail stores or shop fitters.

Work involves self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others.

This qualification is typically used to develop a breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge covering furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation to meet the purpose, efficiency and comfort of the space and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. It covers a detailed understanding of the application and effect of colour and pattern in interior space and the application of historic furnishing styles and their relationship to architectural periods and heritage projects.

This qualification covers the skills required to provide a full range of decoration services, consultation and design advice including:

researching and analysing the client's goals and requirements

planning, arranging and styling the space, and preparing detailed client presentations

selecting and specifying colour schemes, furniture, fabrics and fixtures, including layouts and detailed specifications

preparing design documentation for specialty floor coverings, fabrics and wall finishes

working with builders, architects and service contractors to advise on changes to the interior structure

producing documentation for shop fitters, cabinet makers, furniture suppliers and materials suppliers

preparing documentation for power and communications locations, reflected ceiling plans and lighting designs that reflect an understanding of basic building protocols

providing contract documentation for the pricing, procurement and installation of materials and furniture

organising the purchasing of materials, accessories, artwork and furnishings

contracting and supervision of the trades people required to implement a project.

Work would involve participation in development of strategic initiatives, as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams, including teams concerned with planning and evaluation functions and could involve group or team coordination.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMF40408 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification may include LMF60208 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design and relevant 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 LMF50408 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, competency must be achieved in twenty nine (29) units of competency

ten (10) core units of competency

nineteen (19) 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 ten (10) 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 BSBDES502A

Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

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 LMFID5003A

Evaluate site for interior design brief

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Select nineteen (19) units from Groups A, B, C and D as specified below.

Group A

Select one (1) unit from Group A

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFID5001A

Design residential interiors

add topic LMFID5002A

Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site

Group B

Select a minimum of five (5) units from Group B

Unit code

Unit title


add topic CPCCBC4037A

Prepare drawing for heritage works

add topic BSBCRT501A

Originate and develop concepts

add topic BSBDES304A

Source and apply design industry knowledge

add topic BSBPMG510A

Manage projects

add topic CUFANM303A

Create digital 3D models

add topic CUFDIG507A

Design digital simulations

add topic LMFFDT5002A

Apply resources sustainably

add topic LMFFDT5004A

Develop self as a furniture designer

add topic LMFID5004A

Specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces

add topic LMFID5005A

Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space

add topic LMFID5006A

Design interior lighting

add topic LMFID5007A

Decorate for events

add topic LMFID5008A

Design for people with disabilities and the elderly

add topic LMFID5009A

Research and recommend colour and applied finishes

add topic LMFID5010A

Provide interior styling service

add topic LMFID5011A

Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution

add topic LMFID5012A

Research and recommend artwork

add topic LMFID5013A

Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors

add topic LMFID5014A

Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects

add topic LMFID5015A

Decorate interiors for restoration projects

add topic SIRRMER009A

Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations

add topic SIRRMER020A

Create and implement exhibition space

Group C

Select a minimum of eight (8) units from Group C

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 LMFFDT4015A

Research furniture styles and movements

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 D

Up to five (5) relevant units can be chosen from other units not already selected from Groups A, B and C, or units available in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses. Those units must be aligned at Certificate IV level (maximum 2 units), Diploma level or Advanced Diploma level (maximum 2 units).

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses via Group D 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, clients and others involved in the decoration or design project, using a variety of communication methods

interpret decoration or design briefs

interpret technical and conceptual information

conduct research to inform project outcomes

communicate and sell decoration or design ideas and concepts using a variety of presentation methods

produce detailed technical drawings to industry standard

complete documentation relating to the project

undertake measurements and calculations and document in specification schedule

interpret client needs and documentation including client briefs, quotations, fee schedules, proposal documents, product/finishes schedules and architectural drawings

negotiate a brief with the client

manage contracts


collaborate on design and decoration concepts and ideas with others

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

undertake appropriate and effective communication with others in the design and decoration process

provide constructive and meaningful feedback on design and decoration work to colleagues

provide practical decoration or design and business support to managers and the design team

work within a multi-disciplined project team, construction team to meet time frames, budgets and expectations


interpret and resolve decoration or design briefs which meet client needs and are achieved within the parameters of the project

analyse and apply research findings into decoration or design solutions

develop and resolve ideas for complex decoration or design projects

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

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

use expertise to provide problem solving advice to the design and decoration team

identify and address unexpected problems, hazards, time delays and structural implications as they arise

evaluate design solutions for best fit

Initiative and enterprise

anticipate and address problems, hazards, time delays and structural implications

initiate a design and decoration direction and options for the project

provide leadership in design and decoration and manage changes to brief or solution

identify and address non-conformances

identify effective ways to achieve decoration outcomes

rectify problems promptly and appropriately

develop original design concepts

apply continual improvement processes to design and decoration service

Planning and organising

develop project schedules on time, to agreed industry standards and in coordination with other project timelines

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

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

prepare project proposals with all information to enable clients to make efficient and informed choices

arrange and oversee trades people in the undertaking of work according to project requirements

plan work requirements for self and others as required

monitor quality outcomes


evaluate and monitor work outcomes against work schedule and quality standards

manage own time and work load priorities effectively

monitor information in work area

keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

locate, interpret and apply relevant information

take responsibility for project work


conduct ongoing professional research in design and decoration knowledge

maintain professional skills and industry contacts

manage own learning and professional development activities

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

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

assess competencies in meeting job requirements

ask questions to expand own knowledge

experiment with design and decoration ideas and review outcomes


observe OHS principles when using technology

research technological developments relevant to design and decoration work

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

use technology to organise and maintain client and business data

work with technology safely and according to workplace standards