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If you have a keen eye for detail and a creative flair, then why not take advantage of your natural skill set with a career in floristry? You can be a key part in your customers’ celebrations, helping them to make their special occasions truly memorable.

Whether you choose to study a Diploma or an Advanced Diploma, our flexible programme of online learning will provide you with insights and advice directly from industry experts and successful florists to help you excel.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our floristry courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Introduction
    • Introduction to floristry
    • Benefits of a career in floristry
    2Creating Floral Arrangements

    Services Provided By A Florist

    • How to process, store and maintain flowers
    • Flowers, greens and plants
    • Popular plowers
    • Greens and fillers
    • Plants you should know
    • Elements and principles of design

    Colour and Design

    • Design basics
    • Arrangements and design styles you need to know

    How to Make Floral Arrangements

    • How to make a container arrangement
    • How to make a vase arrangement
    • How to make a hand-tied bouquet
    • How to make a corsage or boutonniere
    • How to make a wedding bouquet
    • How to make a funeral wreath
    • How to make a basket garden
    • How to make a fruit basket
    • How to dress a plant

    Wedding Flowers

    • Meeting with clients
    • Flowers for wedding party members
    • Décor for the ceremony and reception
    • Making the arrangements
    • Delivery or pickup of arrangements

    Funeral Flowers

    3Getting Hired
    • How to find job openings: advertised and unadvertised positions
    • Part-time jobs and seasonal help
    • How to create a job
    • Shop visits
    • Job hunting materials: Prepare a resume, cover letter and portfolio
    • Interviews
    • What florists are looking for
    • How to make a great impression
    • Interview questions, discussing salary and following up
    4Starting Your Own Flower Shop

    Options for Starting a Florist Business

    • Buying an established shop
    • Franchising
    • Opening a new flower shop

    Getting Started

    • Creating a business plan
    • Financing, insurance and legal matters
    • Choosing a business name and logo
    • Choosing a location
    • Rental costs
    • Setup fees and price list
    • Types of delivery service

    Supplies and Equipment

    • Tools of the trade
    • Essential equipment
    • Supplies
    • Business equipment
    • Store layout and maintenance

    Wholesalers and Suppliers

    • Types of wholesalers and producers
    • Choosing materials
    • Advance orders / standing orders
    • Coordination with wholesalers for special orders
    5Getting and Keeping Customers

    Choose Your Target Markets

    • Walk-in customers
    • Phone customers
    • Online customers
    • Corporations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Government
    • Hospitals
    • Funeral homes

    Marketing Your Business

    • Advertising and promotional tools
    • Trade shows and events
    • Free media publicity
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with enrolling on our floristry courses online. For example, you will:

    • Advance your career as a florist
    • Learn from a course that has been created and structured with the assistance of senior florists within the industry
    • Complete the distance learning programme at your own pace without a set timetable
    • Have a personal tutor who can provide feedback and guidance
    • Avoid commuting, saving time and money
    • Make the most of a 10% reduction in the course fee by paying upfront, or opt for our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Discover the benefits for yourself by signing up for our online floristry course today.

  • Career Prospects

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    A career in the floristry industry can be highly rewarding and exciting, helping to spread beauty in the world one arrangement at a time. Becoming a florist means you’ll have a hands-on, creative job where no two days are quite the same. From christenings to funerals, first dates to weddings and birthdays to congratulations, you can be an essential part of the celebrations of your customers.

    And floristry doesn’t just involve the individual customer – you can also help corporations to look their best, forging relationships with businesses such as hotels, restaurants and funeral directors. Moreover, you can choose to start your own floristry business and be your own boss – with all the associated financial rewards and freedom.

    Opportunities for florists

    As a florist, you can apply your skills to a range of positions, including working in a floral shop, owning your own floristry business or becoming a freelance floral designer. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside different industry professionals such as event planners, funeral directors, hoteliers, wholesalers and many more.

    Depending on your position, your day-to-day activities may include:

    • Arranging floral displays for customers to view
    • Assisting customers with choosing an arrangement
    • Advising customers on how to best care for their flowers
    • Creating arrangements for events
    • Sourcing high-quality flowers from wholesalers
    • Designing floral arrangements

    Being a part of your customers’ significant life events

    One of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of working as a florist is that you have the opportunity to contribute to some of the most significant moments in your customers’ lives. For example, you might help people:

    • Express love with an elegant box of long-stemmed roses for Valentine’s Day
    • Welcome a new baby into the world
    • Honour a mother with a beautiful bouquet on Mother’s Day
    • Celebrate a wedding with custom-designed bouquets and other flowers
    • Brighten someone’s stay in a hospital
    • Add the perfect finishing touch to parties and other events
    • Remember loved ones with beautiful floral funeral tributes
  • Course Levels Explained

    Our online floristry courses lead to the awarding of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, depending on which level you enrol at. The different levels are determined by the amount of course content and assessments involved within each module at the intermediate (Diploma) and advanced (Advanced Diploma) levels. Learn more about the differences between the levels below:

    Diploma

    Qualifications recognise graduates’ capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

    Advanced Diploma

    The graduate is able to apply a significant range of principles and techniques across various contexts and functions. Graduates can expect to be involved in significant judgments, planning and leadership/guidance functions related to workplace products, services, operations or procedures.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into either course level. You can enrol directly into the Diploma or Advanced Diploma levels without having previous qualifications.

    Note that you can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.

    So, if you want to advance your career in floral design, simply enrol today.

  • Course Length

    The average time within which students complete studies is:

    Diploma Level24 weeks
    Advanced Diploma Level31 weeks

    With no assignment deadlines, our online floristry courses allow you to learn at your own pace – putting you in control of how long it takes to complete your studies. For those wanting to finish the course as soon as possible, you have the opportunity to fast track your progress and graduate within a few months. Please note, we allow a maximum of three years to complete our floristry course.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our floristry course is carried out entirely online via distance learning. Also known as correspondence learning, this remote method of study allows you to set your own timetable, fitting your learning around your existing commitments as necessary. You can study and complete assignments whenever and wherever you wish, and your handy personal tutor will be available for the duration of your course.

    Learning with ICI makes travelling to and from classes redundant, allowing you to spend your money and time on what really matters. Our courses aren’t just convenient, but also practical and engaging – designed with the help of leading florists and industry experts.

  • Recognition & Accreditation


    This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    As with our other design courses, our floristry course takes a practical approach to teaching. We go far beyond the theory of floristry to give you the valuable skills you need to succeed in this competitive industry.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    If you’re already working in floristry, this course can help you to advance your career. By gaining new insights into the industry and expanding your existing knowledge and skill set, you’ll learn everything you need to know to give your customers creative and exciting floral arrangements. Whether you’re looking to take a step up in your career or just to improve your understanding and industry awareness, our floristry course is a practical option for you.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our floristry course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:
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    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of studies and qualifications as a florist
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipFL)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

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How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.

5Graduation

Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.