Professional Diploma in Upholstery... a new career?
The Traditional Upholstery School's Professional Diploma in Upholstery is designed specifically to train students in the core skills required to set up as an upholsterer. Training one day a week in the workshop over a full academic year, students build up their techniques working on a range of furniture. This thorough and continuous training reinforces the skills and confidence required to go on to launch a small business or find employment within the upholstery industry. (And the grand news is that the world seems to never have quite enough top notch upholsterers!). Typically we have five to seven students per course, the amount and quality of the tuition received is exceptional, and is geared to encourage individual development.
Whether you have chosen upholstery as a second career, or to complement an already successful career in interiors, you can make your new upholstery business as creative and varied as you want it to be. You do not need any skills to begin this course, although a love of fabric and passion for working with your hands is a very good start. On graduation, students will receive a certificate of their training.
Students who have completed this course often come back to further broaden their skills on our advanced upholstery short courses, which include: more complex traditional upholstery stitching techniques; fluting; and tackling the exacting craft of pattern cutting with the re-upholstery of a mid-century concave chair.
The Traditional Upholstery School is an independent training centre, offering its own carefully developed and unique training courses. It's founder and chief tutor Joanna Heptinstall is a member of the Association of Master Upholsterers.
"Joanna's patience, good humour and enthusiasm gave me the confidence to start my own business. She's an absolute gem!" Jenny, Oxford 2016
The next Traditional Upholstery School Professional Diplomas start in September 2019* on Thursdays throughout term time and concluding in July 2020. The January 2020 classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout term time, and will conclude in December 2020. Students will receive their Certificate of Graduation at the end of the course. The day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4.30pm.
* Please note, we are now enrolling for January 2020. Our Open Morning is on 7th October 10.30 to 11.30am. Thank you.
For a pdf of detailed information about the Professional Diploma in Upholstery course, please request by email. Further course details, click here.