Unit Group

3932 Clothing Trades Workers

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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3932 Clothing Trades Workers

Clothing Trades Workers prepare and cut garment patterns and fabric, and make and repair garments.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • conferring with customers to determine material, styles and designs of garments
  • interpreting designs, sketches and samples to determine pattern specifications
  • cutting out master patterns
  • laying up and cutting fabric
  • pinning, basting and draping garment parts
  • sewing garments
  • fitting basted garments on customers and marking areas requiring alteration
  • sewing buttonholes, and sewing on buttons, hooks, eyes and press fasteners to finish garments
  • pressing and finishing work


  • 393211 Apparel Cutter
  • 393212 Clothing Patternmaker
  • 393213 Dressmaker or Tailor
  • 393299 Clothing Trades Workers nec

393211 Apparel Cutter

Lays out, marks and cuts fabric to form parts of garments.

Skill Level: 3

393212 Clothing Patternmaker

Draws sets of master patterns following sketches, sample articles and design specifications, and cuts out patterns for garments.

Skill Level: 3


  • Pattern Grader (Clothing)
  • Patternmaker-Grader

393213 Dressmaker or Tailor

Makes, alters and repairs women's and men's tailored garments, formal wear, couturier clothing, and special occasion wear such as suits, dresses, coats, evening wear and bridal wear.

Skill Level: 3


  • Costume Maker
  • Wardrobe Assistant
  • Wardrobe Coordinator

393299 Clothing Trades Workers nec

This occupation group covers Clothing Trades Workers not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 3

Occupations in this group include:

  • Milliner
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