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The college is conducting a review of the Residential Decorating program.  Effective May 1, 2023, due to limited demand, the part-time Residential Decorating program will not be offering courses.  Please refer to Residential Decorating: RRC Polytech Program Explorer for more information about the full-time program.  For those students currently in the part-time program that would like to continue, please reach out to for more information.


Acquire the skills to successfully manage decorating projects. You will learn to apply design principles to enhance the function and quality of both interior and exterior living environments. You will gain the skills to analyze your clients' decorating needs and develop furniture floor plans, recommend product purchases, and facilitate installation arrangements.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Successful completion of:

    • The courses listed in Regular Admission Requirement 1


    • RRC Polytech’s Introduction to Business program (This program is no longer offered by the College)

Program Outline

You must successfully complete nine core courses to earn a certificate.

Core Courses (required):

PDEV-1024  Residential Decorating 1A - C
PDEV-1025  Residential Decorating 1B - C
PDEV-2010  Residential Decorating 2A - C
PDEV-2011  Residential Decorating 2B - C
PDEV-3001  Residential Decorating 3A - C
PDEV-3002  Residential Decorating 3B - C

PDEV-1047  Decorating Software Applications - C

BUSA-1154  Success and Professionalism - C

COMM-1023  Business Communications 1 - C or Basic Business Communications - C/D


Related Courses: 

PRAC-1055  Residential Decorating Practicum - C


  • C/D - Classroom or Distance Delivery
  • - Classroom Delivery
  • - Distance Delivery

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
BUSA-1154Success and Professionalism
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This 40-hours course develops your knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful in the workplace. It begins by outlining practical business issues and assessing essential professional skills and strategies. Topics that build success include both interpersonal and business communication, teamwork and collaboration, employee rights and respectful workplaces, customer/client service, work standards, presentation skills, project management, planning, organizing and time management, negotiating skills, influencing and managing up.

COMM-1000Business Communication 1RPL
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This course will guide students through the techniques and processes involved in writing, speaking, and listening effectively for business. Students will be taught skills for networking, meetings, and working in teams. Students will apply a direct approach to create professional emails and letters. Students will learn strategies for competent information report writing. Students will be taught how to create and deliver a memorable oral presentation. The proper use of business writing rules, grammar, and etiquette will be emphasized throughout the course.

COMM-1023Basic Business CommunicationsRPL
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Develop the basic principles of business writing and discuss topics such as: standard business formats, the ability to write clear, readable letters and memos.  It also reviews correct grammar and usage and how to improve effectiveness as a speaker.

PDEV-1024Residential Decorating 1A
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Learn to decorate homes professionally in Residential Decorating Level 1 -- Parts A & B. Topics covered in Level 1A will include: colour psychology, colour schemes, elements and principles of design, furniture quality and construction, the upholstery process, decorating styles -- living rooms, family rooms and dining rooms, wall and ceiling finishes, flooring and types of wood.

PDEV-1025Residential Decorating 1B
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Learn to decorate homes professionally in Residential Decorating Level 1 B. 

Topics covered in Level 1B will include: design, space planning, furniture layout, scaled room elevations, client programming and analysis, room function, space and furniture layout, scaled floor plans, scaled elevations, window treatments, fabrics, coordinating patterns and textures, bedrooms, dens/offices, accessorizing and outdoor décor.

PDEV-1047Decorating Software Apps
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Learn to make any residential decorating project easier using new software applications products. In this course, you’ll gain computer skills to create 3D spaces, draw floor plans, arrange furniture, and decorate rooms with ease.

PDEV-1058Human-Centred Interior Environments
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Expand your knowledge and skills to successfully design interior environments that focus on environmentally responsible and human-centred strategies, methods, products, and materials. Learn theory, design principles and implementation methods that are environmentally responsible and centred around our physical, psychological, and emotional well being. 

PDEV-2010Residential Decorating 2A
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Continue to explore the character of home décor in level 2 (Part A & B). Learn to use colour and fabric to decorate spaces, select appropriate furniture, alter the exterior look of your home, draft floor plans and elevations for basement rooms and utility spaces (kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms), and arrange accessories.

Topics covered in Level 2A will include: colour psychology, fabric selection, furniture history and style, home exteriors, basement floor plans and elevations, and basement colour and furniture collages. Tours of suppliers and galleries may be included.

PDEV-2011Residential Decorating 2B
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Continue to explore the character of home décor in Residential Decorating 2A and 2B. Learn to use colour and fabric to decorate spaces, select appropriate furniture, alter the exterior look of your home, draft floor plans and elevations for basement rooms and utility spaces (kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms), and arrange accessories. Tours of suppliers and galleries may be included.

Topics covered in Level 2B will include lighting placement and plans, paint selection, accessory arrangement, utility space floor plans and elevations (kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms), and colour and furniture collages for utility spaces.

PDEV-3001Residential Decorating 3A
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Employ your decorating skills gained in earlier courses (Level 1 & 2), as you design your final project in Level 3. Learn to present specifications and cost estimates to clients, develop a resume and portfolio applicable to the industry, and apply related building codes.

Topics include: drafting basic space plans; construction and interior clearance codes; project management and communications, working with clients, vendors, contractors, and tradespeople; paperwork requirements for projects; writing up of specs for cost estimates. Tours of homes and décor suppliers, and guest speakers may be included.

PDEV-3002Residential Decorating 3B
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Put your decorating skills gained in Level 1 & 2 courses to use as you design your final project in Level 3. Learn to present specifications and cost estimates to clients, develop a resume and portfolio applicable to the industry, and apply related building codes. 

Topics covered include: career information and promotion, and a final project based on the cumulative skills gained in Levels 1 to 3. Throughout most of this course, you will develop a final program residential decorating project which will be presented to the class and other professionals.

PRAC-1055Residential Decorating Practicum
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The Residential Decorating Practicum will place you in a one-on-one learning relationship in the workplace with an experienced Residential Decorator.

The 150 hour practicum experience will help students establish direct ties to the Residential Decorating and Design profession.

Students enrolling in Part-Time and Online Education courses may be required to purchase textbooks and materials at participating Campus Store locations or online at Student booklists will be available approximately 3 weeks prior to scheduled course start dates. Please ensure materials are purchased in advance, to be available for the start date.

Note: Courses requiring a textbook will show "TR" in the Delivery field.

Click the "More Info" link beside the course's name to view the description of the course.

Course Dates and Fees

2024 Spring Term - Distance Education
BUSA-1154 Success and Professionalismmore info
Location: Online
Jun 01, 24 - Aug 31, 24W. Algera251284$495
Location: Online
Jun 01, 24 - Aug 31, 24
W. Algera

2024 Summer Term - Distance Education
COMM-1000 Business Communication 1more info
Location: Online
Jul 02, 24 - Dec 31, 24M. Kitz254619$675
Location: Online
Jul 02, 24 - Dec 31, 24
M. Kitz
BUSA-1154 Success and Professionalismmore info
Location: Online
Jul 02, 24 - Sep 30, 24W. Algera254690$495
Aug 01, 24 - Oct 31, 24W. Algera254693$495
Location: Online
Jul 02, 24 - Sep 30, 24
W. Algera
Aug 01, 24 - Oct 31, 24
W. Algera

CO-OP/Practicum Information

Students must complete all theory courses in the program before being eligible for a practicum placement. Placements are arranged through Red River College Polytechnic.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, you should be able to:

  • Design space plans for clients’ home decorating projects Apply decorating principles to create home decorating projects  
  • Apply decorating elements by selecting appropriate furniture, floor coverings, window coverings and wall coverings
  • Promote and sell decorating services to potential clients
  • Communicate with clients, suppliers and contractors  
  • Manage decorating projects to completion and client satisfaction
  • Adapt to innovation and change
  • Demonstrate professionalism by meeting the decorating industry standards of conduct

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Other Information

As a residential decorator, you will benefit from professional development and from keeping up to date on current industry trends, standards, ethics, and regulations.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete your part-time program within four years from the start of the first course in the program, unless otherwise stated in the program outline.

A program GPA of 2.0 (60%) is required to graduate.

You will not be granted more than 75% of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. For complete details on applying to graduate and convocation, see

Questions about graduation? Please call 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 for assistance.

Graduation with Honours
If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Employment Potential

Graduates may begin working as entry-level sales consultants in home improvement retail stores or as decorating consultants with retailers and distributors of products such as:

  • Paint and wall coverings
  • Flooring
  • Fabric
  • Window coverings
  • Cabinetry
  • Furnishings
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Kitchen and bathroom fixtures 

With additional business skills, you may be able to build a consulting business with homeowners and/or homebuilders, or work with other companies that specialize in residential decorating services. 

Visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Manitoba Region) to see employment opportunities and statistics.

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