Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Commercial Interior Designer

Working as a Commercial Interior Designer you will take the lead on projects and be responsible for all aspects of delivering client outcomes. You will deliver client focussed design including space planning and concept design, conduct site measures, and document projects from test fit to completion.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 16 required

  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Manage design realisation
  • Design residential interior lighting
  • Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects
  • Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
  • Design residential interiors 
  • Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs
  • Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
  • Design workplace interiors
  • Develop residential interior design project documentation
  • Design commercial interior lighting
  • Resolve complex spatial design problems through modelling
  • Apply 3D visualisation techniques to represent interior designs
  • Develop commercial interior design project documentation

Elective Units – 23 required

  • Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • Research global design trends
  • Collaborate in professional creative projects
  • Develop decoration proposals for complex sites 
  • Design for large scale commercial or institutional interiors           
  • Select and monitor contractors 
  • Evaluate design project outcomes
  • Produce digital presentations for commercial projects
  • Originate and develop concepts
  • Undertake project work
  • Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements Undertake project work
  • Research and integrate embedded technologies in interior designs
  • Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design projects
  • Design for all ages and abilities 
  • Research and recommend artwork
  • Develop strategies for more sustainable use of resources
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures
  • Coordinate business operational plans
  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • Generate design solutions
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice      
  • Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Interior Decoration and Design

IICertificate II
IIICertificate III
AdAdvanced Diploma

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
Creative & Artistic
Persuading & Enterprising

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 22/23: 2751

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 18/10/2023. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Predicted growth in employment in this overall industry over the next 5 years.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Commercial Interior Designer - MSF60122
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 18/10/2023, rounded estimates for April 2022 to March 2023. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 399912

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