Certificate IV in Kitchen and Bathroom Design


Nationally recognised course code - MSF40318

Study anytime, from anywhere in Australia

The Certificate IV in Kitchen and Bathroom Design (MSF40318) is a nationally accredited qualification.

This is the only specialised qualification in Australia for professionals designing kitchens, bathrooms and other residential spaces which feature built in cabinetry in residential homes.


Enrolment pack

If you would like further information on any of our accredited courses including cost, dates and enrolment form, please contact us.

Your enquiry will be responded to by a Course Advisor during business hours.

Course Details

  • Interior Designer designing kitchens and bathrooms
  • Designer for a kitchen manufacturer, cabinet maker or builder
  • Designer for a bathroom renovation specialist
  • Work in a family business combining design with administration
  • Run your own business as an independent designer
  • Work in a retail environment
  • Sales or specification roles in the building and construction industry

This course is delivered to students all over Australia by distance education.  Resources including course notes and videos are available online and can be downloaded. Students can also schedule remote private classes where a trainer logs into your computer.

The course is delivered part time over 12 months (12 hours per week) or full time over 6 months (24 hours per week). Students can progress at their own pace and if they have more time available they could finish earlier.

  • Convenient learning from home, work or your preferred place of study
  • Flexible study mode to suit busy lifestyles
  • Once downloaded you can keep the resources for life 
  • Learning support with your trainer is available one on one either by phone or by booking a private online class
  • Nationally accredited course and industry recognised qualification throughout Australia

Option 1: Direct entry – you can enrol directly into this qualification

Option 2: You can enrol in the short accredited course Design Custom Cabinetry for Interior Spaces and then transition into this course with 3 direct credit transfers

If you have completed any other accredited training, which may be units of competency or a qualification through either DTA or any other RTO or TAFE college, you may be able to apply for Credit Transfers towards this course. The following courses commonly have relevant units:

  • Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
  • Certificate IV in Design
  • Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
  • Diploma of Interior Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Interior Design
  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction
  • Certificate III in Cabinet Making

Please note that all applications for Credit Transfer will be considered individually based on your actual circumstances. Please contact DTA to have your documentation (Record of Results or Statement of Attainment) reviewed for potential Credit Transfer.

  • Suitable for those with no industry experience and those with years of experience
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be residing in Australia
  • Must not have a Student Visa
  • Year 10 (or equivalent) level English and basic maths calculations and measurements
  • Computer literate in basic Microsoft or equivalent programs
when can i start?

Course start dates

For our accredited courses, we generally take enrolments on the first Monday of the month. This is the last starting date for 2021: 

  • 8th November

Dates for 2022 will be published soon.

Please note that you should aim to have the enrolment form completed the week prior to allow time for processing.

The Course Outline should be reviewed prior to enrolment and includes further information about course structure, units of competency, timeframes, costs and resources required.

At the end of this course, students are equipped to design and prepare documentation for residential spaces including kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobes and studies and have general knowledge in other areas that include built in cabinetry.

The course covers the following areas of kitchen and bathroom design:

  • Initial Enquiry
    • Design services
    • Design fees
    • Design contract
  • Design Brief
    • Product + lifestyle + other needs
    • Gather, analyse + prioritise client requirements
  • Site Evaluation
    • Forms + checklists
    • Observe + analyse site conditions
    • Standards for documentation
  • Design Development
    • Ideation + problem solving
    • Function + spatial planning
    • Selections + aesthetics
  • Initial Presentation
    • Presentation techniques
    • Computer Aided Design (2D + 3D CAD)
    • Client feedback + variations
  • Refine & Finalise Documentation
    • Standards for documentation (AS1100 + industry)
    • Technical drawings
    • Specifications
  • Procurement & Contract
    • Pricing + estimating
    • Quoting
    • Contract documentation
  • Implementation
    • Trades + sequencing
    • Timeframes
    • Project plan work

All students complete Design Documentation for Kitchens and Bathrooms and 5 Clusters of learning and assessment. Course material will be released to students as they make progress by submitting assessments through the course.

Design Documentation for Kitchen and Bathrooms
All students learn 3D CAD and 2D CAD (also known as CADD which stands for Computer Aided Design and Drafting) as a communication tool to be used and assessed throughout the course. This focuses on the application of Australian Drafting Standards specific to Kitchens and Bathrooms and is applied to documentation submitted throughout all other clusters.

3D CAD for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Concept drawings in 3D including renders and video fly-throughs.
2D CAD for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Orthographic drawings including floorplans, elevations, sections and mechanical plans.

To be awarded the qualification Certificate IV in Kitchen and Bathroom Design students need to be competent in 16 units of competency.

MSFFM3011 Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products (C)
MSFID4014 Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects (C)
MSFKB4011 Design ancillary residential cabinetry (C)

MSFID4022 Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design projects (C)
MSFKB3011 Plan kitchen and bathroom projects (C)

MSFKB4015 Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for kitchen designs (C)
MSFKB4009 Determine spatial planning considerations for kitchen designs (C)

MSFKB4016 Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for bathroom designs (C)
MSFKB4010 Determine spatial planning considerations for bathroom design (C)

MSFKB4013 Document residential building services (C)
MSFKB3010 Detail cabinet construction requirements (C)
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative process to 3D forms (E)
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions (E)
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative process to 2D forms (E)
CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models (E)
CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings (E)

(C) = Core unit (E) = Elective unit

For a detailed list of resources required as a student of this course, please contact DTA for the Course Outline


Enrolment pack

If you would like further information on any of our accredited courses including cost, dates and enrolment form, please contact us.

Your enquiry will be responded to by a Course Advisor during business hours.


What our students say

"Do it! Design is such a rich and rewarding career and so diverse. Training in this area can provide you with a fulfilling and worthwhile career, with so many tangents to follow. To possess the ability to help individuals and families achieve their dream is gratifying, especially when considering the costs involved in such projects. Your clients will thank you for the security you provide them with your knowledge.
Sam Robinson
"It is a must! I think without it a designer may lack the practical understanding of what goes on when and how all the different trades are involved to bring the project to life. The course also covers good design practices, drawing skills and communication skills which are all very important to understand, especially when you have multiple projects on the go!"
Alicia Jeffries
“Jump in (like I did) and just do it. I have compared lots of courses and Designer Training courses stand head and shoulders above them all. I now have knowledge and skills and a qualification that people in the industry recognise and value.”
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