Qualification details

LMF31002 - Certificate III in Upholstery (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSF30713 - Certificate III in Upholstery 09/Dec/2013

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 11/May/2009

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleEssentialSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Essential column
LMFGN3001B - Read and interpret work documentsRead and interpret work documentsN/A
LMFGN3002B - Estimate and cost jobEstimate and cost jobN/A
LMFUP2001B - Use upholstery sector hand and power toolsUse upholstery sector hand and power toolsN/A
LMFUP2002B - Fit upholstery componentsFit upholstery componentsN/A
LMFUP2003B - Apply contemporary foundations to upholstered furnitureApply contemporary foundations to upholstered furnitureN/A
LMFUP2004B - Machine sew upholstery final cover materials (basic)Machine sew upholstery final cover materials (basic)N/A
LMFUP2005B - Develop cutting plan and cut single layer upholstery fabricDevelop cutting plan and cut single layer upholstery fabricN/A
LMFUP2006B - Dismantle/reassemble furniture for upholsteringDismantle/reassemble furniture for upholsteringN/A
LMFUP3001B - Apply traditional foundations to upholstered furnitureApply traditional foundations to upholstered furnitureN/A
LMFUP3002B - Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniquesFit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniquesN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 393311 Upholsterer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4942-11 Furniture Upholsterer 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0301 Manufacturing Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Home Furnishing 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Marine Upholsterer,Upholstery Repairer,Antique and Reproduction Upholsterer,Upholsterer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 393311 Upholsterer 02/Feb/2007 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4942-11 Furniture Upholsterer 01/Aug/2003 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0301 Manufacturing Engineering And Technology 01/Aug/2003 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 11/May/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform upholstery including dismantling and reassembling furniture and selecting, cutting, sewing and fitting fabric and leather upholstery materials.

Job roles /employment outcomes 

The LMF31002 Certificate III in Upholstery reflects vocational outcomes for those performing upholstery job roles including dismantling/reassembling furniture in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints


This qualification is typically used to develop skills and a breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge in upholstery techniques and would cover selecting, adapting and transferring this skill and knowledge to new environments and providing technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specific problems. Application would be across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available and may involve some responsibility for others. Participation in teams including group or team coordination may be required.

Pathways into the qualification 

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMF20802 Certificate II in Upholstery or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification may include LMF40202 Certificate IV in Furnishing Technology, LMF40408 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or similar qualifications plus relevant supervisory, 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.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary


Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • complete written documents, forms and timesheets
  • use communication technologies efficiently
  • communicate production abnormalities
  • demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with people from a range of backgrounds
  • read, interpret and communicate production schedules
  • communicate with all team members


  • work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion
  • liaise with and provide support to other team members
  • work as part of a team
  • keep team members informed of changes to work practices
  • identify team performance required to meet customer needs
  • provide leadership to others in the team
  • encourage the sharing of information between team members
  • plan and support team activities


  • identify and report problems and make contributions to their solution
  • investigate problem causes
  • implement changes
  • examine tools for damage, missing components or other defects
  • identify and promptly address problems or issues
  • assess quality of work pieces
  • determine effective work practices
  • provide problem solving support to team members
  • problem solve machine operational and maintenance requirements

Initiative and enterprise

  • seek and provide feedback on procedures
  • gather and analyse information
  • record information on the quality and other indicators of production performance
  • adjust and implement production schedules changes
  • provide leadership
  • identify and implement process improvements
  • coordinate work activities and manufacturing processes
  • monitor workplace performance
  • use analytical and decision making skills

Planning and organising

  • identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures
  • organise self and others to meet production schedules
  • identify and rectify stock shortages in advance
  • sequence work to maximise safety and productivity
  • select and use appropriate tools and equipment
  • determine materials, quality and production requirements
  • apply time management skills to ensure work flow


  • interpret and apply relevant acts and regulations
  • keep the work area clean and tidy at all times
  • conduct regular housekeeping activities
  • understand own work activities
  • manage own time and establish own work schedule
  • develop and implement workplace procedures and instructions
  • locate, interpret and apply information relevant to own work
  • monitor and evaluate own work quality
  • accept responsibility for quality of work


  • develop learning activities as appropriate
  • assess competencies in meeting job requirements
  • identify own training needs and seek skill development if required
  • listen to feedback from others
  • identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding
  • identify and address skill development needs of others in the team


  • use software applications effectively
  • properly start up, operate and shut down computers
  • work with technology safely and according to workplace standards
  • establish procedures
  • carry out pre-operational checks on equipment and machines
  • operate equipment and machines safely, efficiently and to productivity requirements
  • monitor and adjust machine functions
  • perform machine maintenance as determined by workplace procedures
  • clean and check equipment and machines

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

To be awarded the Certificate III in Upholstery, competency must be achieved in twenty-five  (25 ) units of competency.

  • sixteen  (16 ) core units of competency
  • nine  () 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 sixteen  (16 ) units from this list.

Unit code 

Unit title 



Read and interpret work documents


Estimate and cost job


Use upholstery sector hand and power tools


Fit upholstery components


Machine sew upholstery final cover materials (basic)


Develop cutting plan and cut single layer upholstery fabric


Dismantle/reassemble furniture for upholstering


Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniques


Cut, sew and fit skirts to upholstered furniture


Cut, sew and fit or fill cushions


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Work safely


Make measurements


Communicate in the workplace


Work in a team


Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances


Select nine  () units from Groups A, B and C as specified below.

Group A 

Select a minimum of three  () units from Group A

Unit code 

Unit title 



Apply contemporary foundations to upholstered furniture


Apply traditional foundations to upholstered furniture


Fit and apply leather to furniture


Apply finishing techniques to upholstered furniture

Group B 

Select a maximum of six  () units from Groups B and C.

Unit code 

Unit title 



Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using decorative techniques


Lay out patterns and cut leather


Machine sew upholstery final cover materials (complex)


Manufacture and fit loose covers


Develop cutting plan and cut multiple layer upholstery fabric


Apply marine sewing and installation techniques


Cut and sew canvas and acrylics


Set up, operate and maintain CNC cutting machines

Group C 

Up to six  () relevant units may be chosen from units not already selected from Groups A or B, or a maximum of five  () from units available in this Training Package or other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses. Those units must be aligned at Certificate II level (maximum 1 unit), Certificate III level (maximum 4 units) or Certificate IV level (maximum 1 unit).

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses via Group B 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.