How to become a florist
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Floral Design
- Level 2 Certificate in Floristry
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Floristry
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You can get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in floristry.
This will usually take 2 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could start as an assistant in a florist's shop and learn on the job.
Employers may want you to have some GCSEs, including maths and English, and a keen interest in floristry. Experience in retail would also be helpful, though not essential.
You can find out more about working and training in floristry through the British Florist Association.