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Working as a florist is a fun job that allows you to express your creativity while still following the rules of design. Florists work at a fast pace in order to fulfill customer orders, which at times can be stressful. A natural ability to design with a knowledge of flowers and flower care is a requirement for all florists. There are many ways to learn to become a florist from on-the-job training to college courses. A high school diploma or GED is needed in order to learn the floral design trade.
Learn about what a florist does to decide if the job is right for you. Research the different flower types used by florists. Being able to identify flower varieties can give you an edge that other beginners do not have. Learn about how to prepare flowers and care for them after they are cut. Some flowers like lilies need to have their stamens removed before being used in arrangements because the pollen will stain clothes. Knowledge of the trade can give you a competitive edge in the flower world.
Take advantage of on-the-job training some florists offer to new employees. Contact florists in your area to see if they offer mentor programs and apprenticeships and how you can apply for them.
Check out programs offered by community colleges and trade schools in your area. Some community colleges and trade schools offer floral design, floral arranging and floriculture classes. These classes are often noncredit courses but are provided to further education for people who are looking to learn a new trade. These programs offer a certificate or letter of recommendation after completion.
Take business classes at a university or community college if you want to own your own flower shop. Business classes will teach you how to start and run your business. Knowledge and understanding of business practices and procedures will determine if your business succeeds.
Rachelle Proulx has been writing since 2000. She co-owns a pet-sitting company, providing her the experience to cover pet care and small business. Proulx is also a flooring specialist who writes about flooring options, preparation, application and maintenance.