Education and Training:
To become a florist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in floristry. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
You can also become a florist through a traineeship in Floristry. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
- Certificate II in Floristry - Assistant *
- Certificate III in Floristry *
- Certificate IV in Floristry *
- Diploma of Floristry Design
Florists mainly work for small retail outlets in metropolitan areas and in large country towns. Many are self-employed. Some may be employed on a part-time basis.
Florists usually begin their careers as florists' assistants, which mainly involves serving customers. They then move on to wiring flowers or making up sprays, and eventually to working unsupervised in all areas. The demand for flowers tends to be seasonal, with peak periods being Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Advancement opportunities for florists are mainly to supervisory positions and self-employment.
For Further Information:
Australian Association of Floral Designers (AAFD)
Australian Flower Council
Service Skills Australia
Information for other states and territories: