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Apprenticeship training course

Advanced upholsterer (level 3)

Make and repair upholstered furniture.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Automotive Upholsterer
  • Development Upholsterer
  • Furniture Upholsterer
  • Marine Upholsterer
  • Traditional Upholsterer
  • Upholsterer
  • Upholstery Technician
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Work safely at all times
  • Prepare and sew fabric components using advanced methods for example fluting, float, deep-buttoning and other decorative detailing
  • Create templates, lay and cut fabric components
  • Evaluate upholstery frames and repair as required
  • Identify, mark and resolve faults in leather for example scuffs, scratches, stains, burn marks, water marks and discolouration
  • Quality assure upholstery products to meet relevant industry specific regulations, legislation and standards
  • Realise and manage customer expectations
  • Apply basic project management techniques
  • Apply effective communication techniques at all levels including written and verbal communication skills
  • Manage upholstery resources effectively to meet budgets including materials, components and time
  • Define materials, construction methods and product specifications for furniture to be produced
  • Select and fix different types of filling materials for example natural and manmade fillings
  • Select and apply materials for suspensions including springs, sprung units, suspension systems and webbing

Full information on Advanced upholsterer (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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