How To Become A Florist


The Job

Florists work with flowers and plants, creating floral arrangements and decorative displays to sell to the public.

The work includes selecting and buying flowers, producing original designs and bespoke bouquets, advising customers about selection and plant care and attending functions, such as weddings, to create floral displays.

Florists need well developed creative skills and a good knowledge of plants. As floristry is primarily a retail role, florists also need excellent customer service and communication skills.

Annual Salary

Florist Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level - 2

Minimum Qualifications

Level 2, including GCSE Maths and English plus relevant vocational training

Recommended Qualifications

Level 3 Award/Certificate or Diploma in Floristry

Other Qualifications Needed

The ideal route into a career in floristry is to begin with a full-time or part-time vocational course, at a further education college or other training provider.

Some people choose to take the Apprenticeship route, finding work in a florist's shop and earning while they learn. Relevant Level 2 to Level 3 qualifications are available from City & Guilds and Pearson (formerly Edexcel).

Average Working Hours Per Week = 30-40 Hours per week


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

1-5 Years

What Next/Career Development

Experienced florists often go on to run their own business or manage a florist's. Or you could choose to concentrate on freelance floral decoration, floral design, exhibition work, teaching or international demonstration work.

Along with business related qualifications, such as accountancy and marketing, there are several professional qualifications for experienced florists - these include the Level 4 Higher Diploma in Floristry and the Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry, which are both university level qualifications from City & Guilds.

Facts And Figures

Florists and gardeners are the UK's happiest workers.(Source: City & Guilds Happiness Survey, 2012)

About 17,000 people work in the floristry industry, in approximately 8,400 businesses.
(Source: National Careers Service)

Almost a quarter of Florists (23%) are under 25 years of age.(Source: LANTRA, Sector Skills Council for Floristry)

The Flora Culture contributes 2.1 billion to the UK economy.(Source: British Florist Association)