Florist Training

Florists, or floral specialists, are people who cut and arrange flowers into various arrangements and for various occasions. Of course, this is only a part of what these specialists do, so if you want to find out more about the job requirements and necessary qualifications, keep reading.

What to expect when you’re working as a florist?

If you are thinking about a career in the floral design industry, there are some things you should know and be prepared for. Like every other job, this one also comes with certain challenges. The biggest challenges florists encounter are working long hours, especially during wedding or holiday seasons, standing for long periods of time, dealing with difficult customers, and working in colder temperatures as temperatures in floral shops need to be low so that flowers would stay fresh longer.

Education and experience necessary

Educational programs, both at universities and online, are available for getting a degree or a certificate in floral design and agriculture. Along with getting knowledge of floral industry lingo, equipment, and material, a person who wants to become a florist needs some personal traits. You should be creative, have artistic abilities, and good customer service and organizational skills.

However, you don’t always have to have a formal education in order to work as a florist. Often people start working in the floral shop or department as assistants, delivery drivers or similar tasks and learn on the job. Gaining knowledge and experience this way, for people who are looking to become florists, will definitely be a push in the right direction.

What can you do?

The best thing you can do is to get formally educated by enrolling into a relevant course. Even if you do not have time or money to do a full-length university course, there are evening schools, few weeks long courses, online courses and other options that can suit your needs and abilities better.

Along with the way of getting an education, you can choose the type of course. Some courses may specialize in floral shop management, interior or exterior plants, specific types of floral designs, or a combination of few. Do some research to see which type suits your interests the best, and which one is most likely to land you a job.

Even more important than the formal theoretical education is the experience. Use every opportunity you have to gain experience in the industry. Get a job in a floral shop or a floral department of a store. Talk to more experienced florists, ask for tips and tricks, learn secrets of the trade. Stay after your working hours to help, or maybe even get a trainee position. As a trainee, you will gain knowledge and a certain experience that will push you in the right direction. Showing interest and lending a hand can open many doors for you.