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; bachelor's degrees are also available
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's 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's degree programs include general education courses and may incorporate the study of landscape design and greenhouse maintenance. However, if you are looking for standalone 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. You will learn basic care techniques for flowers in these programs, in addition to some of these courses:

  • Holiday arrangements
  • Funeral arrangements
  • Wedding arrangements
  • Fertilizers
  • Cutting methods
  • Light requirements

What About Business Courses?

To plan for your post-collegiate life, you may wish to look for programs with business courses included in the curricula. Additionally, you will probably complete an internship in a flower shop, nursery, or landscape company. Here are some of the business courses you might be exploring:

  • Small business practices
  • Niche marketing
  • Sales techniques
  • Customer relations

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.

What About a Bachelor's Degree?

Alternatively, consider a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture degree program. You can further your study of plants and design through landscaping and the cultivation of 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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