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We have a number of courses for those interested in learning how to do upholstery or looking to improve their existing skills.

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The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers Certificates and Diploma to be offered in Derbyshire

We've been offering the Association of Master Craftsmen and Upholsterers (AMUSF) qualifications at Ashbourne Adult Community Education Centre since September 2017. Two groups of learners are currently progressing through Stage 1 and Stage 2 of these popular industry approved qualifications.

We've been running upholstery classes from our Ashbourne Centre for 50 years and have previously offered City and Guilds upholstery qualifications. The centre has been described as 'A Centre of Excellence in Upholstery' by the City and Guilds external moderator who said:

"Learners return year on year, to continue to learn the craft. Craft skills are delivered to a high professional standard with integrated approached to innovation and design".

We are the only East Midlands provider of the AMUSF qualifications and are in a unique position to offer high quality courses for adults wanting to learn new upholstery skills or move into a new career. We are delighted to be offering these sought after qualifications and are looking forward to welcoming new learners in September 2018. Staff in the Ashbourne centre commented:

"The adults on our upholstery courses love discovering the traditional upholstery techniques, they create fantastic furniture and quickly become committed to keeping these skills alive".

The AMUSF qualifications are very practical with learners working through a number of traditional and modern tasks and coming away from the course with knowledge, skills and unique pieces of furniture. These qualifications can lead to employment within the industry or with additional practice can lead to starting a small business.

The upholstery qualification is delivered in three stages with each stage being a qualification in its own right and each stage certificated separately. The soft furnishing qualification is a single stage.

The next stage one certificate is planned at the Ashbourne Adult Community Education Centre for 35 weeks, one day a week, starting in September 2018. There are regular free information events held at the centre. Get in touch to find out the date of the next event.

For more information please visit Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) Craft and Diploma Certificates or see the information attached to this page or contact Ashbourne ACE Centre email: or tel: 01629 533696.

Upholstery Leisure Courses in Derbyshire

Our non-vocational traditional upholstery courses are excellent for anyone wanting to develop upholstery skills without working towards a qualification. Learners take along a project to upholster and work through each stage until the item is completed. These courses are a great opportunity to upgrade any upholstered furniture including chairs, stools and ottomans.

Courses are available at:

You can watch a short two minute video about our upholstery courses on YouTube.

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