Floral Arrangement Courses and Training

Floral arrangement training can be obtained through a certificate or associate's degree program. Courses may cover flower care, floristry business and special occasion arrangements. Read on for more details about floral arrangement training options. Schools offering Floral Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, floral design is the only design field that doesn't require education or training beyond high school to enter (www.bls.gov). Many designers learn on the job. However, if you are interested in starting your own floral arrangement business, or if you are passionate about the world of design, a degree program that includes art history and arrangement classes can help you develop your artistic vision.

Programs Certificate, Associate's Degree
Courses Intermediate Floral Design for Weddings, Advanced Floral Design, Applied Floral Shop Operation
Training Internship with a flower shop, nursery, or landscape company

Source: Long Beach Community College

What Programs are Available for Floral Arrangement?

Floral design is offered as a certificate program or as a specialization in an ornamental horticulture associate degree program. A certificate program in floral design consists of the core floral arrangement courses and may be completed in three quarters, or less than a year. Associate degree programs include general education courses and may incorporate the study of landscape design and greenhouse maintenance. However, if you are looking for stand-alone instruction, community colleges typically offer non-degree, recreational classes in floral design.

What Topics Will I Study?

Many ornamental horticulture degree programs offer concentrations in general horticulture, commercial floristry or interior landscaping. If you pursue floristry, you can expect to take courses in holiday, funeral and wedding arrangements. You will learn basic care techniques for flowers, which includes fertilizers, cutting methods and light requirements.

To plan for your post-collegiate life, you may wish to look for programs with business courses included in the curricula, such as small business practices and niche marketing. Many programs also include courses on sales techniques and customer relations. Additionally, you will probably complete an internship in a flower shop, nursery or landscape company.

How Can I Further My Education?

The American Institute of Floral Designers offers a national accreditation exam. You must pass a written test and complete five floral designs representative of your professional and creative abilities. This credential may help you when applying for a job as a lead designer or boost your reputation when opening your own business.

Alternatively, consider a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture degree program. You can further your study of plants and design through landscaping and cultivating fruits, vegetables and other plants. Some horticulture programs are offered online specifically for the working professional. With this degree, you will be eligible for a career as a landscape architect, greenhouse manager or regional planner.

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