AMUSF Diploma Courses

AMSUF Stage 1 – Craft Certificate

Start date Thursday 14th September 2023

Daytime 10.00am -4.30pm

Duration: 36 weeks term time, one day per week.

Use the contact page to find out more, looking forward to welcoming you. 


Awarding Body: Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF)

Governing Body: Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.



Stage 1 Syllabus 2023 


Project One

Drop in seat – Modern & Traditional Upholstery Techniques. (Exercise – materials inc.)


Project Two

Stitch and Stuff over – exercise practice piece (Exercise – materials inc.)


Project Three – Assessed project

A traditionally upholstered sprung dining chair (Sourced & funded by student)

Project Four

Sprung Arm exercise (Exercise – materials inc.)

Project Five
Bolster end with Piping (Exercise – materials inc.)

Project Six 

Making a piped box cushion (ongoing throughout the year)

Project Seven – Assessed project

Upholstered and Lined Box with decorative detail eg fabric manipulation and deep buttoned lid (Sourced & funded by student)

Written Research Project
Title – “Fabric Characteristics, Identification & Appropriate Usage”

Project portfolio and notes

This is an intensive training course where you will be learning a lot in a short space of time. To help you retain this knowledge so that you can build on it after (and during) the course we expect you to keep a project portfolio of photographs and notes that you make during the classes. We will guide you in ways to achieve this, but encourage you to make the most of this opportunity – so make sure you have a notebook and camera ready! The portfolio will provide evidence to help us assess your work during the Diploma. We suggest that you keep your portfolio up-to-date as you go, as it’s a lot to present if saved to the last minute!

The year ends with a Celebratory Exhibition of student works.

Additional learning and benefits:

Business Masterclass

Fire Regulations for commercial & domestic upholstered products
Portfolio Creation

Field Trips
Awards Night