How to become a florist

Updated February 21, 2017

Although becoming a florist requires no special license, formal training at a floral school or through an apprenticeship with an established florist strengthens a potential florist's natural skills. However, if someone wants to become a florist, these suggestions will help.

Research the top floral schools in the country or local area. Compare the floral school option with other training options such as online, book and video courses. Compare the options to become a florist with what best fits your learning style, budget and time availability. Most schools or courses certify students as a florist.

Talk to local florists to learn about the pros and cons of being an independent florist or franchisee. The business owner can explain different business situations that are common in the floral industry and how to address them. This expertise may not be conferred in the course work.

Enroll in floral school or order courses to study independently to become a florist. Practice techniques and donate arrangements to low-income families' weddings, funerals or proms. You can also practice by donating to non-profit organizations such as churches.

Work with an experienced florist to learn tips and tricks for floral design before becoming a florist. Also learn specifics on how to run a floral business by working with a current business owner.

Take continuing education courses at the local community college or floral school to keep up with new methods. Example courses are European floral design and Sympathy arrangements.

Things You'll Need

  • Interest in flowers
  • Creativity
  • Good color coordination
  • Customer service skills
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