A career as a floral designer may be the right fit for you if you love arranging flowers and would like to do it for clients on a regular basis.
A floral designer is a specialist who arranges flowers for display in various settings and special occasions including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Floral designer jobs entail a range of tasks such as working and coordinating with wholesalers to acquire the kind of flowers in the required amount that your clients want and need; discussing with your customers to determine the purpose of their purchase, the occasion they are celebrating and their preferences as well as making your recommendations; and ensuring that flowers are delivered on time and to the right location. These specialists can work with live, dried or silk flowers or greenery.
Most floral designers start their career straight out of high school and gain experience and training on the job under the supervision of a more experienced floral designer. Nowadays, however, there are numerous community colleges, technical or vocational schools and universities that offer training and certificate programs or formal degrees in Floral Design. And while it is not a requirement for employment, the American Institute of Floral Designers offers certification that involves passing a written exam and a four-hour hands-on exam.
Floral Designing Certificates
- Ann Arundel Community College offers the Floral Designer Certificate program which consists of four core noncredit courses and two electives. The four core courses must be taken in sequence. The certificate program can be completed in as little as 12 months. Participants who successfully complete the program will be given an AACC continuing education certificate. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.
- The Rochester Civic Garden Center offers three different certificate programs for floral designers: Basic Professional Floral Design Certificate, Advanced Professional Floral Design Certificate: Sympathy Arrangements and Intermediate Professional Floral Design Certificate: Bouquets. Unless otherwise directed, all classes take place at Warner Castle. Some examples of the floral design courses offered at the RCGC are Flower Drying Workshop, Living Wreath Workshop, Designing with Permanent Botanicals, and Topiary Workshop.
- The Floral Design Institute has been the leading provider of floral design education since 1969. The Floral Design Institute offers a wide range of classes and programs to meet the needs and interests of students, from career building programs for professional designers to special interest classes for personal enjoyment. Distance learning programs are also available that allows students to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home. Floral Design Institute is licensed to conduct a private vocational school by the Oregon Department of Education. It is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Educational Partners and is an approved American Pathway to AIFD Certification and Accreditation.
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers the Floral Design Certificate Program. Core courses include Basic Floral Design: Introduction to Western Geometric Arranging; Contemporary European Design; and, Corsage and Body Flowers. Elective floral design courses are also available.