DurationPart-time 2 years
Next intakeNot applicable
Next intakeNot applicable
This program is offered as both an apprenticeship (delivered in the workplace), and on-campus study (without being employed).
If you are just starting out or would like to refresh your sewing skills, or learn advanced sewing techniques, then this program will suit you perfectly.
You will learn about fabric identification, fabric cutting, pattern-making techniques, sewing techniques, laying-up, professional finishing and alterations, all of which are important skills in this once more growing industry sector.
If you are already employed in this industry or are hoping to enter the industry this program will develop your knowledge of, and ability to apply operational and organisational techniques. These can be applied within clothing production/alteration enterprises or whilst working from home.
Interested in studying during the evening? Contact us on +61 3 9925 9173 to find out more.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches that give you direct insight and experience into the global fashion and textiles industries. Your practical experience and training is divided between either your employer or personal practice and RMIT.
RMIT trainers have current industry experience and up-to-date knowledge of the market and the latest trends and innovations.
We will also provide you with manuals and a variety of practical exercises.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes practical demonstrations, observation and practical tasks
You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
All programs are delivered in English.
This program is delivered through:
- on-the-job training in the workplace delivered by RMIT staff
- manuals, learning materials and practical exercises
- competency-based training and assessment.
The full Certificate III apprenticeship program incorporates the following courses:
- Apply quality standards
- Work in the TCF industry
- Identify fibres and fabrics
- Sustainable work practices
- Interact with production personnel
- Fabric performance and handling
- Develop patterns from a block
- Interpret patterns
- Prepare and produce sewn garments
- Sew woven and knit garments
- Lay-up and cut complicated fabrics
- Sew components
- Lay-up, mark and cut uncomplicated garments
- Finish garment production
- Use a sewing machine
- Select transfer material and product
- Perfect tasks, support production
- Modify patterns, basic styles.
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: C3394
National curriculum code: MST30116
In your work you will be able to mark out, cut and sew fabric as well as operate specialised machinery. You will turn pattern designs into finished garments.
Working in smaller companies you may be involved in all stages of production, from marking fabric with the design through to sewing the garment together. In larger operations you may undertake specialist tasks.
Past graduates that have completed this program have worked with companies such as Billabong and Pacific Brands and a range of small companies.
You may find work in a variety of garment manufacturing enterprises, ranging from couture to garment alteration.
There are no minimum academic requirements.
To apply for the apprenticeship you must:
- be employed
- be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship centre
- nominate RMIT as your Registered Training Organisation
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$400* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$2,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$6,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.