Education & Training
To work as an upholsterer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED; and
- complete moderate-term on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some upholsterers learn their skills at professional-technical schools or two-year colleges. These programs usually last one year or less and grant a certificate.
Most upholsterers learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. Training typically lasts up to one year.
Fields of Study (What to study to prepare for this career)
Click on any of the Fields of Study listed below to find out more about preparing for this career.
Helpful High School Courses
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
- Clothing Sewing and Design
- Interior Design
- Physical Education
Many upholsterers are self-employed. If you want to run your own business some day, you should consider taking these courses as well:
- Introduction to Business
The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.
You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.