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If you are keen for a career in floristry you should enjoy being creative, working with flowers and be passionate about giving great customer service.

A florist purchases flowers from wholesalers to prepare floral arrangements such as bouquets, sprays, wreaths or vases of flowers.

Working in floristry requires a combination of creative and design skills, knowledge of flowers and plants, customer service skills and general retailing skills. They also organise the storage, sale and delivery of floral arrangements.

Floristry is a small sector with businesses averaging three staff and a workforce that is 80% female.

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Job Roles

  • Floristry Assistant
  • Florist
  • Senior Florist
  • Florist Design


  • Certificate II in Floristry (floristry assistant - entry level))
  • Certificate III in Floristry (trade qualification)
  • Certificate IV in Floristry
  • Diploma of Floristry Design

Training Options

The standard requirement to work as a florist is the Certificate III in Floristry. Traineeships are available for Certificate II in Floristry and Certificate III in Floristry. For more information contact SA Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services or

To see a list of SA Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who are approved to deliver floristry qualifications click HERE.

If you are still at school you can start your floristry career through VET in SACE. For more information on what subjects are available check out the VET Recognition register

Personal Characteristics & Skills 

  • Friendly pleasant approach
  • Like flowers and plants
  • Creative flair and colour sense
  • Basic maths skills
  • Neat personal presentation
  • Enjoy being helpful 
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Pleasant telephone manner
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Understand the need to work quickly


Entry into the Industry 

  • Courses for fun – 'Beginners Floral Art' workshops will show you have an interest
  • Casual or part-time work is usually available around Christmas, Mother's Day, Easter and Valentine's Day
  • Ask about a school-based apprenticeship in floristry or retail


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