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.
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:
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 availble at the book store. Each course has a kit fee of $50-$75, but all other 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.
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