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Will I be able to chat to other students?

We work hard to ensure that studying with us is not a solitary experience – you’ll be part of our learning community. Connect with other like-minded creatives at our regular live webinars. Students living in the same city often organise to meet up to support each other or go to design events.

Our closed Facebook community is open to students enrolled in the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, Diploma of Interior Design, Styling for Interiors and Colour for Interiors courses.

If you’re in or around Sydney you’ll be invited to attend events at our partner Sydney Design School. These include careers nights, graduation, design events and supplier visits.

How will my work be marked and assessed?

All work is photographed or scanned then uploaded to the eCampus to be assessed. We don’t accept submissions by mail or email. Your Educator will review your work and provide constructive feedback. Each student has their own private ‘Grade Book’ on the eCampus where you can see an overview of your results. Your Educator will provide guidance if additional work is required to complete an assessment.

Will you help me to get started with my career?

Yes, we have an in-house Careers Coach who is available to all Certificate IV and Diploma students to personally assist you with preparing a compelling resume, getting interview confident and developing strategies to uncover job opportunities in the interiors industry.

What sort of support will I get during my course?

If you need support or have any questions while you’re studying our team of Educators are just a call / email away or we can arrange a Zoom call. We love to meet our students, so if you’re coming to Sydney you can make an appointment to pop in.

English is not my first language, can I still apply?

To study with us you’ll need a strong command of the English language, both verbal and written, as well as comprehension. If English is your second language we will arrange a phone or Zoom call to assess your English language proficiency prior to sending an enrolment confirmation. If your application isn’t successful due to your English language ability your payment will be refunded in full. Following your Zoom interview you may also need to provide evidence of at least a 6 score in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or an equivalent. Click here to go to the IELTS website.

What experience do I need?

For most of our courses you don’t need any previous experience in design, just enthusiasm and a passion for interiors! We start with the basics and gradually build your skills, knowledge and confidence. All you need are need basic computer skills.

Some of our software short courses are designed for interiors professionals – this is explained on the relevant course pages.

Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning?

RPL is the acknowledgment of competency, skills and knowledge which may have been acquired through formal, non-formal and/or informal learning. If you have supporting evidence you may apply for RPL to gain credit towards your course. Please note: there is a fee associated with an RPL application.

Can I arrange a Credit Transfer?

To obtain a Credit Transfer you must provide suitable evidence that you’ve successfully completed a unit or module at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

What equipment will I need for the Cert IV or Diploma?

You will need:

  • A desktop or laptop computer

Certificate IV students can work on a Mac. Diploma students – if you’re using a Mac you’ll need to purchase and install a Windows parallel desktop prior to starting your course. Please note we do not provide installation or technical support for Mac users.

  • Microsoft Office (A Mac version is available)
  • Access to the Internet (preferably broadband) and Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer
  • Access to a printer (minimum print quality 1000 DPI)
  • A digital camera or a phone with a high resolution camera
  • A phone app to convert photos to PDFs – try Turbo Scan or Genius Scan.

Diploma students will need to download a free education version of AutoCAD. 12 month paid student subscriptions are available for SketchUp (AUD $93.50)

What equipment will I need for a short course?

All Short Courses

  • A desktop or laptop computer
  • Microsoft Office (A Mac version is available)
  • Access to the Internet (preferably broadband) and Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer
  • Access to a printer (minimum print quality 1000 DPI)
  • A digital camera or a phone with a high resolution camera
  • A phone app to convert photos to PDFs – try Turbo Scan or Genius Scan.

Software Short Courses

  • Our software courses are delivered on a PC and all course resources are provided for PCs.
  • You can use a PC or Mac for our courses but you will need to purchase and install Windows on your Mac to run some programmes.
  • Please note we do not provide installation or technical support for Mac users.

Free education versions of AutoCAD and Revit are available to download.
12 month paid student subscriptions are available for SketchUp.

Will I receive an accredited qualification?

When you complete our accredited career or short courses you’ll receive a Qualification Certificate and Transcript of Results.

Short Courses
Upon completion of an accredited short course you’ll receive a Statement of Attainment. For non accredited short courses you will receive a Statement of Completion.

We are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) who is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met. Interior Design Online is the official online partner of Design Schools Australia Pty Ltd (trading as Sydney Design School), Registered Training Provider Number 91446.

Do you offer instalment plans for my course fees?

Yes! We have a range of payment options to choose from.

Option 1 – Pay Upfront and Save – Certificate IV only
Pay for the Certificate IV in full upfront to receive a 10% discount.

Option 2 – Pay Unit by Unit – Certificate IV and Diploma
Pay for each unit upfront, one at a time.

Option 3 – Pay by Instalment – If your course fee is over $1000
Pay for each unit, one at a time, on a monthly instalment plan. Details available on each course page.

If you require a longer instalment plan to pay for your first unit please contact our team on for more options.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept payment via credit card.

If you choose an instalment plan, you must be based in Australia. Payment is made through our third party provider Ezidebit. We’ll email you a link for payment with most of the Ezidebit application information completed for you.

How soon can I start my course?

When you’ve enrolled and paid you’ll receive a confirmation email. On the same day, or the following business day, you’ll receive your unique login to our eCampus and you can get started straight away!

If your course includes a Design or Colour Kit it will be mailed to you as soon as possible.

How fast can I complete my online course?

All our courses are self paced so you can fast track your learning or take your time. However there is a maximum period allowed for the completion of each course. Time estimates are on the course pages, or talk to our Course Advisors for more details.

How do I proceed to the next unit?

If you paid for your course in full you’ll be issued with an enrolment key at the end of each completed unit – then you can enrol into the next unit via the eCampus.

For all other payment options you can self-enrol and pay for the next unit upon completion of a unit.

Can I transfer from the Cert IV to the Diploma?

Yes, if you’ve completed the Certificate IV you can apply for a credit transfer into the Diploma course.

Am I able to defer?

You can apply to defer a unit of study by making a request in writing via the form on our eCampus.

What if I’m unable to finish?

If you don’t complete a full qualification you’ll receive a Statement of Attainment listing the completed competencies, current at the time you advised us of your withdrawal or non-completion.

Can I apply for a VET Student Loan?

VET Student Loans are not available for our online courses. Students studying the Diploma course at our physical campus, Sydney Design School may apply.

What is a VET program?

Interior Design Online courses are Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. VET programs are distinguished by the following characteristics:

  • Designed to meet industry training needs
  • Supported by industry in curriculum design and program delivery
  • Derived from national training packages or designed to address industry needs (accredited programs)
  • Designed to provide clearly defined pathways to further education, training and employment

What is the VET Quality Framework?

The VET Quality Framework (VQF) is a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFEs and private providers) and the higher education sector (mainly universities). This national system of educational recognition promotes lifelong learning and a seamless and diverse education and training system. The accredited qualifications and statements of attainment offered by Interior Design Online are internationally recognised.

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