Unit of competency details

MSFID3001 - Source and specify decoration products (Release 1)


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The Deleted usage recommendation was implemented on 13 June 2017 to describe training components that have no replacement. Enrolments in training components and statements of attainment or qualifications issued before 13 June 2017 are valid. For any components marked as deleted after 13 June 2017, the applicable transition/teach-out periods apply. For specific questions regarding the enrolment, delivery or issuance of a statement of attainment/qualification, please contact your training regulator.
DeletedDeleted from MSF Furnishing Training Package02/Dec/2018
Supersedes and is equivalent to LMFID3002A - Source and specify decoration products09/Dec/2013

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Dec/2013


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040107 Interior And Environmental Design  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040107 Interior And Environmental Design  02/May/2014 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency


This unit of competency covers sourcing, assessing suitability of, and specifying products used in design and decoration projects in a retail or wholesale sales environment according to client and project brief requirements.

No legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

Competency Field

Unit Sector

Interior Decoration and Design

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Assess client product need


Client is engaged and design and decoration needs discussed


Budget, time, colour and function parameters for decoration product are identified


Client documentation is completed


Source and assess suitability of products


Products are researched and suitable choices made for potential use


Performance and characteristics of products are evaluated and recorded


Use requirements of the product are analysed for appropriateness to the application


Quality and compliance issues are assessed to ensure the products state manufacturer specifications for use


Environmental issues are considered in sourcing and selecting products


Sustainability of products is assessed in terms of durability and wear


Manufacturing standards and equipment are reviewed to comply with the chosen materials


Sources or suppliers of products are found and recorded


Costs associated with purchasing and obtaining the products are recorded and reported


Specify products


Products are selected according to the style of the space


Final selection of products and finishes is compiled and verified based on the assessment of suitability


Presentation of the product and finish information is made to the client

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency. Detail on appropriate performance levels for each furnishing unit of competency in reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy utilising the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) are provided in the Furnishing Training Package Implementation Guide.

Range of Conditions

Specifies different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included. Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Unit context includes: 

  • work health and safety (WHS) requirements, including legislation, material safety management systems, and local safe operating procedures or equivalent
  • work is carried out in accordance with legislative obligations, environmental legislation, Australian Standards, relevant health regulations, manual handling procedures, Liveable and Accessible Housing Design guidelines, and organisation insurance requirements
  • work requires individuals to demonstrate some discretion, judgement and problem solving

Products include: 

  • furniture
  • soft furnishings
  • floor treatments
  • curtain treatments
  • built-in cabinetry or fittings
  • light fittings
  • lamps
  • picture framing
  • tapware
  • laundry fittings
  • bathroom fittings
  • toilet fittings
  • kitchen fittings
  • finishes:
  • paints
  • waxes
  • lacquers
  • stains
  • pigments
  • oils
  • plastic coatings
  • veneers
  • ceramics
  • stone
  • glass
  • textiles
  • other textures

Research includes: 

  • computer internet research
  • viewing swatches
  • studying the Pantone Matching System (PMS)
  • journals (directions magazines)
  • design shows
  • retail and wholesale outlets
  • trade fairs

Performance and characteristics include: 

  • assessment of products to determine if they meet the requirements of the intended end use application and how well they do it, and the durability and composition of the product

Quality includes: 

  • an inspection system for ensuring that pre-determined quality standards are being met, highlighting non-conformances requiring intervention

Compliance includes: 

  • ensuring that the product meets with Australian Standards or ISO 9000 series quality standards and state and territory manufacturing specifications (where applicable)

Environmental issues include: 

  • how the use of raw materials effects the ecology and environment and how its continued use will affect the area it has been sourced from, and what impact will be felt by reducing or stopping material from the source

Sustainability includes: 

  • life of the product
  • durability
  • maintenance and repair issues
  • what protective elements it may possess

Materials include: 

  • solid timber (native and imported)
  • manufactured timber products
  • plastic
  • metal
  • alloys
  • stone
  • glass
  • textiles
  • fibreglass
  • foam
  • cardboard
  • paper products
  • any other manipulable substance

Sources include: 

  • suppliers
  • wholesalers
  • retailers
  • manufacturers
  • designers

Costs include: 

  • the cost of products and materials together with the cost of obtaining them either locally, interstate or overseas

Spaces include: 

  • commercial or domestic spaces
  • rooms, such as:
  • bedrooms
  • bathrooms
  • kitchens
  • laundries
  • living spaces
  • multi-purpose rooms
  • storage rooms
  • studies
  • offices
  • garages
  • rumpus rooms
  • media rooms
  • toilets
  • pantries
  • entertainment areas
  • halls
  • workstations

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to LMFID3002A Source and specify decoration products.


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency

Performance Evidence

  • Interpret work order and locate and apply relevant information
  • Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment
  • Identify materials used in the work process
  • Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:
  • minimise the risk of injury to self or others
  • prevent damage to goods, equipment and products
  • maintain required production output and product quality
  • Source and specify decoration products to provide the client with cost-effective options which meet the project brief requirements, and effectively apply design elements and principles
  • Maintaining current knowledge of interior decoration and design techniques
  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and estimate material requirements
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications and the reporting of work outcomes and problems, interpret basic plans and follow safety procedures
  • Avoid backtracking, work flow interruptions or wastage
  • Work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity

Knowledge Evidence

  • State or territory WHS legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice relevant to the full range of processes for sourcing and specifying decoration products
  • Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for sourcing and specifying decoration products
  • Applicable Australian Standards
  • Basic elements and principles of design
  • Ergonomics, anthropometrics, proxemics and aesthetic values of available product range
  • Characteristics of materials, products and defects
  • Procedures for the recording, reporting and maintenance of workplace records and information
  • Appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation and measurement
  • Environmental protection requirements
  • Established communication channels and protocols
  • Relevant sourcing and decoration product problem identification and resolution
  • Workplace information resources on decoration products

Assessment Conditions

  • Assessors must:
  • hold training and assessment competencies as determined by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) or its successors
  • have vocational competency in the furnishing industry at least to the level being assessed with broad industry knowledge and experience, usually combined with a relevant industry qualification
  • be familiar with the current skills and knowledge used and have relevant, current experience in the furnishing industry.
  • Assessment methods must confirm consistency of performance over time rather than a single assessment event and in a range of workplace relevant contexts.
  • Assessment must be by observation of relevant tasks with questioning on underpinning knowledge and, where applicable, multimedia evidence, supervisor’s reports, projects and work samples.
  • Assessment is to be conducted on single units of competency or in conjunction with other related units of competency. Foundation skills are integral to competent performance in the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • Assessment must occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with relevant process, equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.
  • Access is required to materials and equipment relevant to sourcing and specifying products and finishes, specifications and work instructions.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0601ab95-583a-4e93-b2d4-cfb27b03ed73