Business Certificate in Modern Upholstery
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Business Certificate in Modern Upholstery


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Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
Duration: 40 days
Cost: £3360 divided into 4 payments of £840

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Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
Duration: 40 days
Cost: £3360 divided into 4 payments of £840

Do you want a full or part time career involving upholstery?

Do you want to be able to tackle a large range of upholstery projects?

Do you want to attend a course, which has the flexibility to fit around other work or family commitments?

Then why not study with the UK’s leading modern upholstery school!

Why study with Ministry of Upholstery?

At Ministry of Upholstery, we don’t just teach modern upholstery. We are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to upholstery design and we encourage all our students to access and nurture their own sense of creativity, whilst teaching all the technical and practical skills required to translate those ideas into reality.

Why choose the Business Certificate?

Our Business Certificate in Modern Upholstery has been designed as a completely accessible and flexible entry into the world of upholstery. We have designed our unique 40 day course to allow you to create a highly successful full or part-time business by learning the comprehensive skills required to tackle a large range of upholstery projects. Not only do we teach you the practical skills but we this course also includes free access to a large range of support sessions in order to provide you with the skills to run a successful business.

Course Outline

This course takes the student through a set programme of practical work, starting with a basic drop in seat dining pad and progressing all the way through to different styles of chair. Ministry of Upholstery is a modern upholstery school, so you will be coached through all modern upholstery skills required to complete a large range of projects. Although the majority of the course focuses on modern upholstery methods, we also understand the importance of traditional upholstery and so to ensure that you cover all main techniques, you will complete one of our cocktail chairs using mainly traditional methods.

This unique course also allows for you to bring a selection of your own pieces for upholstery. Once you have gained the basic skills and feel confident, you will be encouraged to bring your own pieces. This is known as free learning and is an important part of the course, which allows you to start to think about your own style and the focus your business will take.

Finally, you will finish this course with 5 days in your own self-contained workshop, known as a Pod, where you be encouraged to work autonomously and put everything you have learned into practice. Upon completion of this you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Business Certificate, which you can display on your social media or website to show people that you have trained professionally.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to build up a photographic and video portfolio of your work, which will document the techniques used and skills gained. This record will provide an invaluable reference tool to enable you to go on to independent work.

Day 1 – The Induction Day

The first day on all our Certificate courses is an induction day. This takes place away from the workshop and with other students, who are all embarking on the same course. The induction is led by the founders of Ministry of Upholstery, who will spend time getting to know you and ensure you feel totally at ease with the Ministry, the team and how everything works. After a tour of the facilities and a thorough look at the content of your course, we will give you a full health & safety induction. This will introduce you to our pneumatic staple guns and tools. You will spend time mastering how to use the staple gun, so that you feel at ease and comfortable before any upholstery begins.  We will finish this day with a Q&A session.

The Practical Side

We work to a set programme to ensure that you complete all key skills within our skills matrix.  Throughout your course, you will complete the following practical projects, all of which are included in your course:

Module 1Drop in seat dining pad – all materials included
Module 2Small shallow buttoned footstool – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
Module 3Large deep buttoned footstool – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
Module 4Wingback chair with cap on arm, scroll wing and a box cushion – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
Module 5Richmond chair focussing on pattern match – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
Module 6Cocktail chair using traditional methods – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
Module 7Free Learning – you will supply frames and fabric. All materials, except specialist foam, will be included
Module 8Pod Time – you will supply frames and fabric. All materials are chargeable. We estimate the cost of this to be between £40 and £60.


What’s Included?

All frames for modules 1 – 6 are included in the cost and are brand new frames made by our expert frame-makers. Everything you require to upholster these jobs is also included in the cost of the course. You will only need to supply the fabric and any fire retardant interliner, should you require it. You will also be given a full induction in sewing and, as part of the course, you will make a buttoned scatter cushion. You will be required to supply a small selection of projects of your own choosing for your free learning and one piece for your 5 day Pod time. These can be pieces that you source or we can provide you with a new frame at extra cost. The pieces that you make are all yours to keep. If you sell these you can more than cover the cost of the course as we estimate the market value around £4000!

Techniques and skills covered

  • Full health & safety induction and introduction to tools and materials
  • Sewing machine induction
  • Shallow buttoning
  • Deep buttoning
  • Facings
  • Borders
  • Cutting and applying foam
  • Scatter cushion
  • Box cushion
  • Pattern matching
  • Fluting
  • Pleating
  • Tool selection
  • Stripping
  • Piping
  • Arms
  • Seats
  • Applying ply grip
  • Applying backtack strip
  • Slip stitching
  • Close nail studding
  • Sprung seats
  • Sewing
  • Webbing
  • Cutting
  • Measuring fabric and fabric guide
  • Use of machinery

Theory Sessions

As part of your course you will be given free access to a range of theory sessions, designed to support your practical learning and covering less hands-on side of running an upholstery business.

  • Fire Regulations
  • Workshop set up at home and introduction to compressors
  • Fabric Knowledge
  • Job Costing
  • Introduction to Sewing Machines
  • Fabric Measuring
  • Setting up a business
  • Deep buttoning

Some sessions are offered in-person in the workshop and some are offered via Zoom. The Zoom sessions can be attended live or accessed as recordings through a student login.

What is the Ministry Certificate?

Established in 2014, Ministry of Upholstery are now world-renowned as the go-to place for learning the craftmanship of modern upholstery. Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Business Certificate. We will provide both a virtual and physical certificate, which you can display on your social media and website to show people that you have trained professionally with the leading modern upholstery school in the UK.

If you are looking for a course which focuses on smaller projects, then why not consider our Foundation Certificate in Modern Upholstery

Availability and Booking
After the initial induction day, which you must select from the dropdown box above, this course can be taken on a totally flexible basis. The core hours are 9.00-4.00 Monday to Friday but you are not required to attend 5 days per week. You can select to attend on any weekdays to suit your schedule; meaning you can even do this course on a day/ week basis if this suits you. Please call us for a chat if you would like to discuss this in more detail, we’re always happy to help. Please note that there is no specified timeframe within which you have to complete the 40 day course as it is entirely flexible.

Booking is simple, to book a place you just need to select your start date from the dropdown box. This day is an induction day carried out in small groups of new starters. This first day will be a shorter day, starting at 10.30 and finishing approximately 3.00pm, group size dependent.

Once you have booked your first day, we will then contact you to book the rest of your time. If you wish to check or discuss availability before booking, then please email us on or call us on 0161 222 4243.

*Please note that we have a maximum class size of 8 per teacher and classes are booked on a first come, first served basis. If you want to check availability for the whole course before you book, then please contact us.

We appreciate that this course is a large amount of money to pay in one go so we have devised a payment scheme that allows you to pay for it in four smaller, more manageable instalments.

Upon booking your first week, which you can do online, you are required to pay the first instalment of £840. Before you attend your 6th day you are required to pay the next instalment of £840. The same again before you attend your 11th and 16th days. This allows you to stagger the payments according to your attendance rate. If you attend once per week for example, then you’ll only make a payment every 5th week!

Although this course is about focusing on skills and not completed projects, we estimate the total value of the products you will make throughout the duration of the course will exceed £4000!

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Just completed this course and have really enjoyed it. Flexible learning has been ideal for me fitting it in between work and home life. I’ve completed lots of different projects and gained a really good insight into both modern and traditional upholstery techniques. My confidence has grown throughout my time at yhe Ministry thanks to Anthonys encouragement and teaching style. I’m now taking on projects at home on my own and am loving the challenge. Doing this course has been the first step to mybuilding up a business for the future. Would recommend this course without a doubt. Thanks Anthony and Susie for all your support.

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