SFL40115 Certificate IV in Floristry

“Flowers: the poet’s darling” – William Wordsworth


From the Biblical Song of Songs to Shakespeare and the Victorian language of flowers, the secret meanings of flowers have a long history in human society.  The Flower School continues this tradition by training new generations of florists – including you!

Why Floristry?

This course is for those already in the floral industry and wish 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. Certificate IV in Floristry will help you develop and further your skills and confidence in your career in Floristry.

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.

 You Will Learn

  • Design of complex floral products
  • Construction of high-skill arrangements and designs
  • Coordination and planning for special occasion events
  • Advanced colour and design theory
  • Advanced botanical care techniques
  • Develop retail and business planning skills
  • Budget and costing
  • Research the floral industry

Our tutors bring the passion and experience to teach you advanced floristry skills. This is your option to show case your talent, creating a variety of large scale floral designs and displays such as hanging installation, archway/arbour, flower wall, wedding flowers, pedestal and wearable art – let your creative imagination go into overdrive, stretching your event planning skills and extending your portfolio.

Our professional and experienced teachers will assist you in improving your event planning and oversight abilities maximise results with flowers and foliage, with an emphasis on 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 have extended your ability to create complex designs and organise flowers for events with the responsibility for the managerial and financial operations of a small business.

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.

Full Fee $4,900.00  Sundry Fee $115.00  RPL:  POA
Students will be required to purchase flowers for their designs.

Study Options for 2021

We understand that life is busy for a Florist!  This course allows you to complete written assessments at your own pace while attending The Flower School for practical design study.

Practical Workshops  

2 week blocks
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm, please enquire for dates.




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, 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.             


Units of Competency

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

BSBSM403 Market the small business 

AHCPGD401  Design plant displays 

BSBSMB402  Plan small business finances

BSBSMB404 Understand small business planning

See Student Handbook for Terms and Conditions