Upholstery (UPH) is 60 semester hour program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory.  Requirements for the certificate of completion include four academic courses totaling 12 semester hours and all required career technical courses.  Students can also earn stackable short term certificates and industry certifications. The program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the upholstery field.


  • Certificate
    • Upholstery

  • Short Term Certificate
    • Decorative Upholstery Trimmer
    • Shop Management
    • Upholstery Designer
    • Upholstery Fundamentals and Design

Industry Certification
National Career Readiness Credential
OSHA 10-hr General Industry Safety/Health

Estimated Program Length

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 12
Certificate of Completion 4 semesters 60

Required Program Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
UPH111 Upholstery Fundamentals & Design 3
UPH112 Upholstery Design Furniture Lab 3
UPH113 Upholstery Design Auto Lab 3
UPH114 Upholstery Design Experimental Lab 3
UPH121 Correlating Decorative Elements 3
UPH122 Decorative Elements Furniture Lab 3
UPH123 Decorative Elements Auto Lab 3
UPH124 Decorative Elements Exp. Lab 3
UPH183 Special Topics 3
UPH211 Design Interiors Furniture and Auto 3
UPH212 Design Interiors Furniture Lab 3
UPH213 Design Interior Auto Lab 3
UPH214 Design Interiors Experimental Lab 3
UPH215 Shop Management & Layout 3
UPH217 Upholstery Crafts & Accessories 3
UPH222 Interior Materials Furniture 3

Required Academic Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
DPT100 Introductory Computer Skills I 3
ENG100 Vocational Technical English 3
MAH101 Introductory Mathematics I 3
SPC103 Oral Communication Skills 3

Elective Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
UPH181 Special Topics 3
UPH281 Special Topics 3

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.


Program Contact

VACANT, Instructor
Main Campus

This is a “Live Work” program.

Occupational Data*

Upholsterers make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture and transportation vehicles. Job opportunities range from large factories to boutique or single craftsperson shops. This field requires both physical stamina and strong attention to detail. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 the median average wage for furniture upholsterers was $35,020, and $36,080 for vehicle upholsterers. Job openings in this field are predicted to be slightly less than the national average during the coming decade; however, there will continue to be a demand for skilled workers.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook