Online Florist Training Programs and Degree Programs

Read on to learn more about available online florist, or floral design, training programs. Get information about online program delivery. See also what you'll study and what your career options are. Schools offering Floral Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Levels of Study are Available for Online Florist Training?

Schools offering online florist training tend to award a career diploma or certificate upon completion of the program. Degree programs in floral design are not generally available online. It's important to note that while online programs do provide adequate training and preparation, florist training may be best learned in a studio or classroom setting where you can work with flowers and other raw materials while drawing inspiration and getting feedback from your classmates and instructor.

Program OptionsDiploma or certificate in florist training; online programs are rare
Online Course StructureNo special requirements, but instructional videos and supply kits may be provided
Common CoursesHoliday arrangements, history of floral design, wedding flowers, foliage identification
Career OptionsWork for florists, wedding planners or magazines
Job Outlook (2016-2026) -6% for Floral Designers*
Median annual Salary (May 2018) $27,200 for Floral Designers*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do Online Programs Work?

You will undertake the florist program at home and proceed at your own pace. Most programs require a high-speed Internet connection and an up-to-date computer or laptop. You'll typically access your coursework via the school's chosen course management system and send in your assignments and communicate with your instructor through it, as well as by e-mail. Instructional videos and supply kits may also be provided to you by the school.

What Courses Will I Take?

In a floral design or florist training program, you'll develop artistic, business and practical skills. You'll learn how to create pleasing arrangements; care for and work with flowers, plants and other natural materials; and assemble corsages and boutonnieres. Courses on running a florist business and the floral industry are also common. Specific topics of study typically include:

  • History of floral design
  • Floral design tools
  • Wedding flowers
  • Drying flowers
  • Florist shop layout
  • Understanding color
  • Flower shop management
  • Flower and foliage identification
  • Holiday arrangements
  • Visual merchandising

What Can I Do With My Training?

After completing an online training program, you will be prepared to work in a florist shop or floral department; you could even join an event or wedding planning company as a floral designer or else choose to start your own flower shop. Floral designers may also use their skills to create arrangements for magazine spreads or movies.

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Popular Schools

  • Penn Foster High School

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  • Westmoreland County Community College

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    • Pennsylvania: Youngwood
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    • Illinois: Belleville
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    • Georgia: Griffin
  • Santa Rosa Junior College

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    • California: Santa Rosa
  • Richland College

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    • Texas: Dallas
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    • Illinois: Champaign
  • Palo Alto College

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    • Texas: San Antonio
  • Southwestern College

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    • California: Chula Vista
  • North Shore Community College

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    • Massachusetts: Danvers