How to Become a Florist

Learning how to become a florist is an exercise in frustration that (thankfully) leads to a rewarding and potentially lucrative career as the owner of your own flower shop.

There are many different ways to learn how to become a florist. That's because florist training isn't really standardized. There are more ways to learn floral design these days than when I learned a few decades ago. That's good news for young students of floral design.

If you want to learn floral design, you have three ways to get trained. You can learn floral design on your own, as an apprentice at a flower shop or in your family's own floral design business. Once you've learned the basics, you can test out and receive your independent certification.

Another popular way to get florist training is by attending a program in floral design from a private florist school. This is definitely the most expensive way to become a florist, though the training is very hands-on and always tailored to the individual student. Unfortunately, most private schools don't offer financial aid of any kind.

The most popular way to get florist training is by taking classes at a junior college. Your associate's degree in applied science with an emphasis in floral design should get you a job at the flower shop of your choice.

Not everyone has dreams of opening their own flower shop. If you don't relish long days, longer nights, and the headaches of owning your own business, a simple certification test should suit your needs just fine. Make sure that the test you're taking ends in certification that is recognized in the state you want to work in.


"Earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." Emma Goldman 

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