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Course Overview


The MST30819 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (Clothing Technician) course provides the skills and knowledge required to work in applied design and production roles within the clothing and fashion industry.

This qualification is suitable for workers producing fashion products where a basic understanding of design and marketing as well as sewing skills for specialist machinists, support roles in patternmaking, production of digitally printed or embroidered fabrics or garments is needed. This qualification is particularly suitable for those who are self-employed undertaking low volume production of items for local distribution outlets, for example, markets.

Graduates of this course will receive an internationally recognised Australian Qualification issued through TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275).


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Course Delivery

Location: Fiji

Duration: Course duration is 22 weeks full time including one-week mid-semester break.  Students will attend classes for a minimum of 5 days per week from 8 am to 4 pm. Additional out-of-hours study time will be required.

Delivery Mode: Training will be delivered face-face in English and incorporates language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) support and the APTC work skills facilitation program.

Resources: Students are provided with all required sewing and patternmaking supplies and fabrics, stationery, shoes, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Course Fees: The course fee is FJD2,300.

The Australian Government subsidises the cost of the course including materials and consumables.

Course fees are subject to change without prior notification. View current fees.

Entry Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of a Pacific Island Forum country
  • Individuals are required to have a minimum equivalent of one-year full-time industry experience (paid or unpaid) in an Industry or home-based business setting and/or hold a local qualification
  • Applicants will be asked to complete the Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Assessment and Vocational Knowledge Assessment

Applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning.

* Courses offered, course dates, times, and fees may vary depending upon student and industry demand.


Course Content

MST30819 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (Clothing Technician) will cover the following units of competency:

Unit CodeUnit title
Work safely
MSTCL2007 Layup, mark and cut uncomplicated fabrics and lays
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTGN2005 Perform minor maintenance
MSTGN2013Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
Apply quality standards
MSTCL3015Perform garment repairs and alterations
MSTCL2009 Despatch work
MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a Block using basic patternmaking principles
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTCL3013 Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
MSTCL3006 Assemble bra or swimwear
MSTCL2012 Organise and plan own work in a home-based production environment
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSTCL3014 Interact and communicate with garment production Personnel
MSTGN3009 Coordinate work of team or section

* Bold Font indicates core units; Standard font indicates electives - 4 core plus 15 elective units

* Please note: elective units of competency may vary depending on local industry needs.

APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

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