Continuing Education

Floral Design certificate

Agriculture and Floral Design

Study the art and business of flower arranging

UFV’s professional Floral Design program provides you with comprehensive training to prepare you to work in the floral industry or start your own floral business.

Led by a designer certified through the American Institute of Floral Designers, who has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, this program teaches you hands-on techniques to master the fundamentals of flower arranging using fresh, treated, and dried floral products. You also learn the advanced techniques needed to flourish in the floral industry.

Call 1-888-823-8734 to register

Credential: Certificate

Format: Part time

Duration: 10 months

Days and times: Mon and Wed evenings

Location: Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Employment facts

Job openings for florists exist in floral shops, wholesale businesses, grocery stores, and internet floral companies. Floral designers may also open their own shop.

Traditionally, flower arrangements are an important aspect of weddings and funerals. Because flowers enhance the décor of special events and meetings, floral opportunities also exist in the corporate and social event sector. In addition, flowers are traditionally used in church settings, with arrangements often done by skilled church volunteers.

Independent florists may also consider training in event management; more floral shops are offering event coordination services to compete with the lower prices offered by floral wholesale businesses.

Program outline

This certificate program will offer you in-depth, comprehensive training that is designed to prepare you for direct employment in the floral industry.

The program is practical and current, in terms of course content and relevancy to the field. Emphasis is on mastering the correct mechanics and basic shapes of floral design using fresh, treated, and dried floral products. You also get to learn some advanced techniques.

The program consists of six modules:

  • Floral Design Basics I
  • Floral Design Basics II
  • Christmas Arrangements
  • Special Occasion/Silk and Dried Flowers
  • Sympathy and Church Flowers
  • Wedding Flowers

Each module has 10 sessions — two evening sessions per week for five weeks. Floral Design 1, Floral Design 2, and Floral Design Christmas are offered from September to December. Special Occasion, Sympathy and Church, and Weddings are offered between February and June.

You need to purchase two textbooks, but all materials costs are included in your tuition cost. You must have Floral Design Basics 1, or extensive floral design experience, if you wish to take any of the other modules.

Questions?

Phone: 604-847-5451
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 5451
Email: parttimetrades@ufv.ca
Or ask online

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