Certificate IV in Floristry

    This course is for those already in the floral industry wishing to build on existing expertise from previous study and work experience.   A Certificate IV in Floristry extends your skills as a florist, manager, and retailer to improve your techniques in planning, designing, and creating complex floral designs. Florists at this level work independently and often have supervisory and planning responsibilities.

    Suited to owners/managers of a floristry outlet with responsibility in all aspects of the operation of a small business. This is your opportunity to build on expertise you’ve acquired through previous study and work experience.

    This qualification level is valuable if you want to advance your career in the industry you already work in. A Certificate IV in Floristry will help you develop and further your skills and confidence in your floristry career.

    For a Successful Floristry Career

    Creativity and a love of flowers are the keys to a career in floristry.

    Your floristry skills will be put to use to celebrate some of your customers’ most important life experiences.

    The Certificate IV course provides a foundation of competencies across a range of floristry skills. You will learn creative skills, design and colour theory, as well as practical advanced construction skills and techniques for a wide range of arrangements suitable for weddings, corporate, special occasions and event staging.


    What does this course involve?

    A Certificate IV provides in-depth and substantial knowledge of floral construction techniques, design elements, colour theory and principles. This course will improve and extend your event planning and oversight abilities.  Many Certificate IV graduates specialise in weddings, studio and corporate work.

    As part of your Certificate IV qualification, you will be required to develop a floristry business plan; understand budget and costing; research the floral industry; plan an event; and complete written and practical assessments.

    Our tutors bring the passion and experience to teach you advanced floristry skills. This is your chance to showcase your talent by creating a variety of large-scale floral designs and displays such as a hanging installation, archway/arbour, flower wall, wedding flowers, pedestal, and wearable art. Let your creative imagination go into overdrive, stretch your event planning skills, and extend your portfolio.

    Our professional and experienced teachers will assist you in improving your event planning and oversight abilities to maximise results with flowers and foliage, with an emphasis on fine details.

    This certificate will equip owners/managers of a floristry business to create advanced floristry designs and take their place as a leader in the florist industry. You will extend your ability to create complex designs and organise flowers for events with the responsibility for the managerial and financial operations of a small business.


    • Recognition of flowers and plant materials
    • Construction of hand-tied bouquets
    • Construction of wired floristry designs
    • Construction of base medium floral designs
    • Advanced colour and design theory
    • Advanced floristry retail skills
    • Communicating design ideas through sketches

    Our goal is to give you the technical know-how and to teach you the best method, and ‘tricks of the trade’. Our training is delivered through a series of practical and theory-based modules.

    If you are passionate about flowers and want to spend each day creating, then The Flower School is the right place to begin your journey.

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    The Flower School is very hands-on.

    Each week you will create a variety of designs under the guidance of our talented team of trainers, with years of commercial, retail, and bridal experience.

    The Flower School staff are passionate and experienced professionals who will teach you the skills to become a fully qualified florist.

    We will be attending flower markets, visit flower growers and other key industry groups on field trips. A student card will be issued so flowers can be purchased at wholesale price.

    What employment opportunities will I have?

    Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for employment as a florist shop manager. You will have the skills to supervise a small florist business and perform the relevant planning and evaluation of work.  You will have the option of specialising in event planning, retail management, hospitality functions, or related corporate work.  Opportunities for florist shop managers exist in a variety of areas including traditional retail, corporate, event planning, hospitality, and other related fields.

    Accreditation and entry requirements

    This course is nationally accredited, innovative, and focused on developing your skills as a florist.  Once you have been deemed competent in all units you will be awarded SFL40115 Certificate IV in Floristry.

    To enrol, you must have achieved Certificate III in Floristry and provide a portfolio of evidence with 12 months post qualification industry experience.

    Individuals will have substantial depth of knowledge of construction techniques, and floristry design elements and principles.         

    Part time study option available

    Working at your own pace, you will have up to one year to complete the course.

    You will need to attend 2x one-week blocks for the practical components of the course, and complete theory assessments in your own time with assistance and guidance from our tutors.

    Please see our Enrolment Timetable for upcoming block dates.

    • Please note we follow the Queensland school holiday calendar year
    • Class structures, times and teaching days may change without notice allowing students to study at home.

    The Flower School course fees cover the cost of your training, manuals, workbooks, one pair of scissors, towel, sundries as well as our industry tour guides.  The Flower School offers affordable payment plans.

    PART TIME STUDY: $4,900 + flowers


    Purchase of fresh flowers: For each one-week block you will need to allow approximately $350-$400 for purchase of flowers and foliage.

    A pair of complimentary floristry scissors and small towel are supplied free of charge to each student upon enrolment (these are yours to keep).



    SFLDEC003       Design complex floristry products
    SFLDEC009       Construct complex floristry products
    SFLDEC010       Coordinate floristry products for a special occasion
    SFLMGT001       Coordinate floristry work teams
    SFLSOP012       Maintain and order floristry stock
    SFLWHS002       Provide a safe work environment
    CUAACD401       Integrate colour theory and design processes
    SITXHRM003      Lead and manage people
    BSBSMB403       Market the small business
    AHCPGD401      Design plant displays
    BSBSMB402       Plan small business finances
    BSBSMB404       Undertake small business planning

    Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have:

    • achieved the Certificate III in Floristry via an Australian Apprenticeship Pathway; OR
    • demonstrated floristry industry experience in applying the skills and knowledge in the Certificate III in Floristry.

    This is achieved via:

    • providing a portfolio of evidence outlining how the skills and knowledge gained in the Certificate III in Floristry have been applied in an industry context; OR
    • 12 months post qualification industry experience.

    Please contact us for more information on how to apply.

    Student Pre-Enrolment

    Recognised Prior Learning

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    For further enrolment information or assistance please call
    our friendly office team on 07 3868 2939.

    We look forward to helping you start your Floristry career.