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Business Foundation Certificate Online



Times: 10.30-12.30 on Wednesdays or self-paced
Cost: £1295 divided into deposit of  £295 upon booking and four payments of £250 (please read more info below)


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Times: 10.30-12.30 on Wednesdays or self-paced
Cost: £1295 divided into deposit of  £295 upon booking and four payments of £250 (please read more info below)

Are you inspired by fabric, pattern and design?

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

Do you want to focus your skillset to suit smaller, designer-led, accent pieces of furniture?

Do you want to attend a course from home?

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. This unique online certificate gives you the opportunity to be trained professionally by the UK’s leading modern upholstery school, without having to come to us in Manchester.

How is it delivered?

The unique Business Foundation Certificate is delivered online via weekly live Zoom sessions (term time only, see course dates below). You study at home in your own time and submit photo/ video evidence of your projects for evaluation and feedback. We will help you get set up with full support and tool and machinery packages tailored to your needs. We will support you to prepare for your course with sessions covering fabric and setting up your space. All the included materials will be sent to you in advance of the course. You will have access to one hours’ worth of one-on-one tuition included in the cost of the course, to take as and when you need it and access to an exclusive Facebook group. Upon successful completion you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Business Foundation Certificate. 

Why choose the Business Foundation Certificate?

Our Business Foundation Certificate course has been designed as a completely accessible and flexible entry into the world of upholstery. It has been carefully constructed to allow you to create a highly successful full or part-time business in a relatively short period of time, by focusing on a smaller core set of products. These items can be bold, on-trend and more flamboyant and allow you to choose brighter, patterned fabrics. The beauty of this course is:

  • The projects are small, so a kitchen table can provide sufficient working space.
  • The focus is on a core set of skills, which will be mastered during this course and refined quickly through repetition.
  • These skills can be easily transferred from one project to another. For example: deep buttoning can be transferred from a footstool to a headboard and vice versa.
  • You will reduce your set-up costs by concentrating your efforts around a smaller set of products and…
  • In turn, this will maximise your profits.

Course Outline

This course is taught completely online and has been carefully structured so that you will cover a concise range of skills concentrated around a select few pieces of upholstery. The skills are transferable so actually, the range of projects which can tackled after this course are vast.

Designed for absolute beginners or those wishing to turn their hobby into a business, this course takes the student through a structured programme of practical work starting with a dining chair pad, covering different styles of footstools, on-trend headboards and sewing skills to support the upholstery. In addition to the practical skills, we include a range of theory sessions, which can be attended via live Zoom sessions or accessed as recordings.

The Course

The course is broken down into the following practical modules. Each of these is explained and demonstrated on a weekly basis via live Zoom sessions. These take place between 10.30 and 12.30 on Wednesday morning but don’t worry, if you can’t join live, then you can view a recording of the session for two weeks afterwards. You will be expected to complete the Module during this time and submit photos for the tutor to evaluate and feedback your progress.

8th September:  Introduction Session during which you will get an opportunity to introduce yourself and get to know your tutor Anthony Devine. This will be followed by a health & safety session to ensure you feel comfortable with your staple guns, compressors and tools.

15th September: Module 1 – Drop in Seat

22nd September: Module 2 – Contemporary Stool Preparation

29th September: Module 2 – Contemporary Stool Upholstery

6th October: Module 3 – Deep Buttoned Footstool Prep

13th October: Module 3 – Deep Buttoning Theory

20th October: Module 3 – Deep Buttoned Footstool Upholstery

3rd November: Module 4 – Single Headboard with Border Prep

10th November: Module 4 – Single Headboard with Border Upholstery

17th November: Module 5 – Double Headboard with Square Buttoning Prep

24th November: Module 5 – Double Headboard with Square Buttoning Sewing

1st December: Module 5 – Double Headboard with Square Buttoning Upholstery

8th December: Module 6 – Piped Window Seat Cutting and Prep

15th December: Module 6 – Piped Window Seat Sewing

5th January: Module 7 – Van Dyking Theory

12th January: Module 7 – Van Dyking Practical Sewing

Pre-course Sessions

Before your course commences, we will provide four live Zoom sessions (one evening session per month between April and July) covering the following information:

Tools & Machinery Requirements – we have established relationships with suppliers to offer you packages at very favourable rates, which will include all or some of the tools and machinery required to complete the course and set up your business. This session will address compressors, staple guns and sewing machines.

Fabric  – during this session we will talk through each module and our fabric recommendations, including where to source fabrics and discounts available through us.

Space – This session will address the space you will require in order to complete the course and set yourself up.

Shopping List – we include lots of materials in the cost of the course but there are a few items which you will need to source yourself. In this session we will provide your shopping list and information and where to source the items which will include wood for the two headboards.

What you will need to undertake the course

To be able to undertake this course you will need to invest in some tools and machinery. We will cover all of this in depth during your first pre-course Zoom session. We offer packages at discounted rates including some or all of the components required. You will need:

  • A domestic sewing machine
  • A compressor capable of powering a pneumatic staple gun
  • A 71 series staple gun
  • Airline
  • Toolbox of hand tools

Theory Sessions

In addition to the practical side of the course, you will have access to all the following theory sessions, designed to give you the knowledge to maximise your new business.

  • Fire Regulations
  • Workshop set up at home
  • Fabric Knowledge
  • Job Costing
  • Fabric Measuring
  • Setting up a business
  • Plus more

These theory sessions can be attended live via Zoom or accessed as recordings through a student login.

You will also be granted access to our exclusive Facebook group just for students and graduates of Ministry of Upholstery.

In addition, we will provide one hours’ worth of one-on-one tuition to be taken as and when you need it. This will be delivered via Zoom at a mutually convenient time.

What’s Included?

All frames are included in the cost of Modules 1-3 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. All materials are also included for Modules 4 and 5. These will be sent to you in advance of the relevant module.

  • One hours’ worth of one-on-one tuition, which can be taken as and when you require it.
  • Access to our exclusive Facebook group.
  • Free access to many theory sessions. 

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 Foundation 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 with the leading modern upholstery school in the UK.

The course costs £1295, £295 of which is a deposit, payable upon booking the course. The remaining £1000 is then split into 4 payments, each payable on the first of the month across August, September, October and November. Alternatively you can pay for the whole course up front.

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