What they do
Florists design and put together floral arrangements such as bouquets, garlands and wreaths, and prepare flowers for sale to the public. Their tasks include arranging personalised wreaths for funerals or weddings, cutting and presenting fresh flowers (such as those native to Australia) in their store, or selecting flowers of a certain colour and appearance for an arrangement.
Florists work in florist shops and might also travel to locations such as religious institutions, community events or private gatherings to design and prepare floral arrangements. Visits to flower markets are also required. It is important that florists do not have allergies or reactions to any kinds of pollen, flowers or seeds. As florists converse frequently with the public, they must have good communication and listening skills.
Tools and technologies
When putting together floral arrangements, florists use materials such as foam boards, wire and paper. A thorough knowledge of different forms of flowers and the manner in which they should be stored and presented, is of great importance. Similarly, florists should be aware of the symbolism of different flowers and be able to pass this knowledge onto the public.
How do I become one?
Education and training
It is possible to work as a florist without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in floristry.
The Certificate II in Floristry (Assistant) and the Certificate III and IV in Floristry are offered at TAFE colleges throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.
You can also undertake a traineeship in floristry (level 2, level 3 or level 4). The traineeships usually take between 12 and 24 months to complete and the level 2 traineeship is available as a school-based traineeship.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.