Upholstery Fundamentals Certificate

This two-quarter program is designed to provide graduates with a foundation in measuring, cutting, and sewing using industrial sewing machine equipment. Students will also learn how to how to set up an efficient workstation for upholstery work and the basics of sewing machine maintenance. Students will continue to develop basic upholstery skills, speed, and accuracy in the second quarter while working on projects such as furniture pillows and automotive seat covers. This certificate is a prerequisite to the Automotive Upholstery Certificate and Furniture Upholstery Certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Upholstery Fundamentals certificate, students will be able to:

  • Use hand and power tools safely.
  • Troubleshoot commercial sewing machines in order to keep them operational.
  • Organize an efficient upholstery work station.
  • Operate a commercial sewing machine with safety, speed, and accuracy.
  • Construct cushions, pillows, and automotive inserts that meet industry standards.

Program Length

This program is approximately two quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactory complete all graduation requirements. Must have required tools and textbooks.

Admission Dates

Fall and Spring quarters.

Completion Requirements



Program Course List

UPH 101Introduction to Upholstery I


UPH 103Introduction to Upholstery II


UPH 105Basic Sewing I


UPH 107Basic Sewing II


UPH 109Intermediate Sewing I


UPH 111Intermediate Sewing II


UPH 113Advanced Sewing I


UPH 115Advanced Sewing II


COLL 102College Success for All


Total Credit Hours:35