Program Objectives

The Interior Decorating and Visual Display program aims to train interior decorators and those who create shop displays.

Interior decorators will plan and execute decorative projects, keeping in mind the needs of the client, whether private or commercial. The decorators are often employees of decorator shops but may also be independently employed.

Display managers plan and execute display projects, display new products and exposition tables and materials. Usually commercial specialists or visual presentation specialists, these professionals can also be self employed.

In both cases, interior decorators can create displays as well as offer decorating advice, specifically in a commercial setting. Those who are independently employed will need to promote and market their services.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
979-101 Determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process 15 1
979-116 Apply the potential uses of colour 90 6
979-124 Use sources of work-related information 60 4
979-136 Propose materials for a project 90 6
979-148 Produce rough sketches, freehand drawings and perspective drawings 120 8
979-158 Produce technical drawings 120 8
979-166 Propose combinations of furniture and décor or display elements 90 6
979-174 Propose window and bed treatments and light upholstering 60 4
979-184 Light a space 60 4
979-193 Establish interpersonal relationships at work 45 3
979-206 Sell products and services 90 6
979-214 Perform related administrative tasks 60 4
979-228 Propose a residential interior decorating project 120 8
979-238 Propose an interior decorating project based on modular, built-in elements 120 8
979-248 Propose an interior decorating project for a public space 120 8
979-256 Build décor elements 90 6
979-266 Design a space for promotional purposes 90 6
979-278 Design a window display 120 8
979-288 Design a space for a special event 120 8
979-298 Integrate into the workplace 120 8
1800 120

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)--MTH-3053-2 ou (MTH-3016-2)563-306 ou (568-314)

Educational Organizations Offering the Program



Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
New Frontiers SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Nova Career Centre 5827F23D D Aug. 21st, 2023
5827F22D D Aug. 22nd, 2022


Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
Lester-B.-Pearson SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Pearson Electrotechnology Centre ID230116 D Jan. 16th, 2023
ID230417 D Apr. 17th, 2023

Interior Decorator

Interior decorators offer solutions and suggestions for curtains, kitchen cabinets, furniture, or materials. They produce sketches and decoration schemes for homes, commercial spaces and offices. They suggest colour schemes, set up layouts and visual presentations for commercial spaces, window displays or exhibition booths. They may be required to create design elements. This is a creative occupation that requires drawing and communication skills. A career as a decorator is suitable for people who follow trends, are versatile, courteous and meticulous.

Related Training(s)

Illustration and Animation
Interior Design

Average Salary

Interior Decorator — $21.65

Job Titles

Sales consultant – retail
Kitchen designer
Interior decorator
Interior designer
Display designer