Online Courses

We offer a variety of high-quality online courses taught by experienced industry professionals.



Whether you are just starting out in interior design or you want to take your expertise to the next level, Chapters offers a variety of expertly curated online courses to suit your needs and skill level.


Sign up for any course at any time!


However, if you are new to the industry and are looking to build a solid knowledge foundation, we recommend starting with the following courses (in sequence):

  • Style
  • Design Principles & Elements
  • Colour
  • Textiles & Fabrics
  • Space Planning

After you have completed the above courses, you can select courses that are of particular interest to you.



None, but we do recommend that you are of school leaving age.


Study at your own pace.



Certificates of completion are issued once a course is completed to the satisfaction of the instructors.

Accreditations & Affiliations




Personal style is integral to all decorators and key to their reputation. Learn how to identify and establish a personal style, recognise and work with others and their differing styles, and produce décor proposals that are sensitive to the space and design of a project.



Once you are able to identify and work with the essential ingredients of interior decorating, a decorator should be able to transform any space. The correct use of design principles will make an interior space feel cohesive and well put together.



Explore the history of textiles, their role, use and application. Also learn to work with repeating patterns, railroaded fabrics and textile suppliers.



Colour is one of the most important elements in interior decorating. Explore the science behind colour, colour combinations and schemes, working with a colour wheel, choosing and using colour, and selecting colour schemes for interiors.



Space planning has a very strong impact on interiors. Learn how to plan spaces in order to ensure comfort, balance and maneuverability.



Become a pro in styling interiors and staging your home. Once you know how, it’s easy! Learn how to artfully rearrange your existing furnishings, artwork and accessories to transform any room into a stylish, revitalized and inviting space that reflects your personal style and taste.



Art is an important finishing touch for any interior. Every decorator should have a basic understanding of how to recommend and frame art.



Understanding window and interior needs, the right window treatment, selection and application of fabrics for curtains and blinds, working with fabrics – repeating patterns, calculations, measurements and quantities and working with suppliers such as curtain manufacturers.



Learn about the history of furniture as well as terminology, styles, selection and application of fabrics, working with fabrics – patterns and stripes, calculations, measurements and quantities, working with professional suppliers such as upholsterers and frame makers.



Use and put together mood boards and sample boards to communicate with and present work – from fabric and paint swatches to visual references, 3D items, floor plans and more.



Use trimmings to enhance and embellish upholstery, curtains, cushions and other soft furnishings.



Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important elements of good interior design. Essential to mood and ambience – look at types of lighting, lighting areas and items in a home or office, working with lampshades (styles, fabrics, measurements) and more.



Due to the surface area it consumes, wallpaper and paint packs a big punch. Wall covering or paint is one of the easiest, and most inexpensive, ways to add colour, art and design to a home or office.



Floor covering is often the most expensive finish installed in a home or office. Look at flooring guidelines, types of flooring, working with flooring experts, flooring trends and more.



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Our mission is to make your journey at Chapters a fulfilling and enjoyable educational experience. All our facilitators are passionate and enthusiastic about their field of expertise and are fully committed to provide the best vocational online learning experience possible.  Please contact us on should you have any queries or feedback.




The student must comply with the Chapters International rules and regulations included herein to ensure the highest possible standard of conduct, best possible outcome and an enjoyable experience for all.


Course Payment

  • Full payment is due prior to commencement of a course or bundle.
  • No refund or credit will be given should you fail to complete the course.
  • Prices as per our pricelist are subject to change without prior notice.


Payment Options:

Please note that courses are priced in US Dollars and converted to your local currency on processing.


Option 1: PayPal

Pay directly from your PayPal account and begin training straight away.


Option 2: Direct Deposit or EFT

Contact us at and tell us which course or bundle you would like to sign up for. We will issue a tax invoice to you with the total amount to be paid.


Make a payment into our bank account, as detailed on the invoice using the exact payment reference given on the invoice.


Once payment has been received, we will issue you a promo code to access your courses online.


Please note that Chapters is VAT registered (vat no. 4550197729) and 15% VAT is included in all quoted prices on the Thinkific website.



Cancellations must be provided in writing to


At our discretion, if we believe you are abusing our credit/refund policy, we reserve the right to ban your account and to restrict all future use of the service. If we ban your account or disable your access to a course due to your violation of these Terms you will not be eligible to receive any credit or refund.



All rights reserved. No part of any course material may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, photography, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other non-commercial uses permitted by copyright law.


When you enrol in a course, you get a license from us to view it via the Chapters Academy Services and no other use. You may not reassign, transfer or resell courses in any way.


If you are a student, the services enable you to ask questions to the instructors of courses you are enrolled in, and to post reviews of courses. For certain courses, the instructor invites you to submit content as “homework” or assignments. Don’t post or submit anything that is not yours.



By registering for a Chapters course, students agree to adhere to Thinkific’s Terms of Service.



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Who is Chapters Academy?

Chapters Academy is a privately-owned, boutique training academy specialising in design education. The academy aims to nurture creative and innovative design thinkers through benchmark public and industry training. This is in line with Chapters’ commitment to elevate the decorating and design industry through: Education. Accreditation. Conversion.


Chapters offers a variety of high-quality vocational online courses taught by professional decorators and passionate industry professionals. Our trainers are highly qualified in their respective fields and have extensive industry experience to share with students.


Whether you are an individual or a business, a hobbyist or someone looking to start a new business venture – we offer a variety of courses that will help you discover your personal style, hone your skills and assist you in making every interior design project a work of art.


Chapters training will equip you with the essential skills and confidence you need to build a successful career as a professional decorator in the design industry, no matter where you are in the world.


Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions we receive about Chapters Academy.


What do Chapters Academy courses include?

Each Chapters Academy course is created, owned and managed by the instructor(s). The foundation of each Chapters Academy course are its lectures, which can include videos, slides, text and additional resources the instructor has uploaded. In addition, instructors can add quizzes, practice tests and assignments, as a way to enhance the learning experience of students.


How do I take a Chapters Academy course?

Chapters Academy courses are entirely on-demand, which means that you can enroll in the course that interests you and learn at your own pace. You can begin the course whenever you like, and there are no deadlines to complete it. Chapters Academy courses can be accessed from several different devices and platforms, including a desktop, laptop and mobile devices. After you enroll in a course, you can access it by clicking on the course link you will receive in your confirmation email, provided you’re logged into your Chapters Academy account.


How long do I have to complete a Chapters Academy course?

As noted above, there are no deadlines to begin or complete the course. Even after you complete the course, you will continue to have access to it, provided that your account’s in good standing.


Is Chapters Academy an accredited institution?

Chapters Academy is accredited with the following organisations:

  • South African QCTO (Quality Centre for Trades and Occupations).
  • South African Department of Higher Education as a private training institute to offer N4-N6 qualifications in Interior Decorating
    (exam centre no. 0899992876).
  • Member of APPETD (Association of Private Practitioners for Training & Development).
  • Accredited Professional for Interiors with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Previous (but Inactive) Accreditations:

  • City & Guilds UK

Please note however, that the South African DEHT does not recognize any courses that are shorter than 1 year in duration. Courses offered on this platform are taught by internationally accredited experts in their field, and every approved course features a Chapters Academy certificate of completion.


Is there any way to preview a course?

Yes! If you’re not sure if a course is right for you, you can start a free preview and watch a handful of lectures the instructor has selected.


Do you need to be able to draw or be creative to do a course?

No.  A good place to start is being able to identify your own personal style, which we help you do in the ‘Style’ course.  You also don’t need any other qualifications – we just recommend that you are of an appropriate age and are passionate about all things design.


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