It’s a skilled art that takes proper training, practice and patience. We talk floristry courses and careers with TAFE SA floristry program director, Lisa Cimmino.
Photography Kirsty Burns
A successful florist is creative and artistic, they also need an eye for design and an innate knowledge of flowers and plant life. As for a career in this field, the recent floral craze means it’s now more competitive than ever before, highlighting the importance of a formal qualification, industry connections and experience.
“If you are looking for a career that provides an outlet for your creative flair, then floristry maybe for you”, saysTAFE SA floristry program director, Lisa Cimmino. “Florists usually begin their careers as a florist’s assistant,” says Lisa,“which mainly involves serving customers. They then move on to floral arranging involving duties such as wiring flowers or making up sprays, and eventually to working unsupervised in all areas”.
Thanks to a pop-up florists on-campus, floristry students at TAFE SA get important retail experience from the get-go. The pop-up shops are run throughout the term, allowing students to put their flower arranging skills to work, preparing and selling their creations.
A recent move from Tea Tree Gully campus to the city campus also means students can benefit from a new purpose-built facility, which includes a simulated training environment. There are also nearby flower wholesalers, the benefit of being surrounded by other creative industry programs and the opportunity to study a Certificate II and III in Floristry.
Certificate II in Floristry
This is an introductory course to prepare participants for a career in a retail floristry shop, studio or online floristry business. Students will develop a range of basic floristry technical skills, including flower and plant recognition, assembly, tool maintenance, stock control and care.
Certificate III in Floristry
This qualification is recognised by industry as the career path to become a qualified florist. Participants will develop a sound knowledge of the principles and elements of design and floristry construction skills, effective sales techniques and flower and plant care and recognition.