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Newton Rigg Certificate in Practical Floristry


This course is suitable for you If you love flowers and plants and have an interest in becoming a commercial florist. The course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required for starting a journey to becoming a professional florist. The course involves lectures, demonstrations, practical skills, personal research and project work. Throughout the course you will build up a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your knowledge to show to any potential client or places of further study. There is no formal assessment on this course.


Description: This course gives students the opportunity to learn floristry techniques and design principles suitable to enter the industry.

Through the programme you will cover;

Practical work: This will cover how to create beautiful handtied designs in a variety of ways with particular attention to the underlying skills required to develop your creative design work. You will learn to spiral your stems, use materials in parallel create loose/ open designs as well as grouped/textured pieces. You will also learn the principles of design and how to apply this theory to the designs you create.  The course will also cover how to create designs in a medium – again focusing on the underpinning skills a florist needs. Through the course students will be able to use a range of mediums (including eco-floristry techniques) and are given the opportunity to consider and evaluate the advantages and challenges of each.

Theory: The course will cover the essential theory of colour and design required by a commercial florist; you will learn about colour harmonies and how to use colour in a florist shop throughout the year. You will learn how to communicate with clients to show your design ideas and how to cost designs. Throughout the year you will learn the Latin names of fresh flowers and foliage and with associated essential facts for a florist to get the most out of the flowers.

Entry Requirements

A good basic knowledge of literacy and Numeracy but most importantly a passion for flowers and creative design.

Further Study

Newton Rigg Diploma in Practical Floristry.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400