About the course

About the course

Our floristry course is well suited to those with a creative spirit, an eye for design and the who love working with organic materials.  

Industry trained floristry teachers take you on a journey developing and enhancing your floristry career. You will learn about the industry through a range of experiences, including excursions to flower growers and markets, preparing arrangements for a wide range of functions and events including the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.   

In our floristry course, you'll specialise in botanical knowledge and practical floristry skills to be ready to create and construct a range of hand tied, base medium and wired floristry designs.  

You'll also get to put your floristry skills to the test with hands on experience in our retail shop Flowers on Elgar and our Pop Up city shop, where you will develop innovative skills to deal with real customers and provide solutions for them.   

You'll gain knowledge in floristry specific subjects focusing on how to recognise, receive, store, prepare and care for flowers, as well as sourcing floristry stock, displays, customer service and merchandising.

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February & July

Full time: 1 year (3 days per week) Elgar campus

Part time: 2 years (1 day per week,  plus 1 evening)

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

This course will set you up to apply for employment in the floristry industry as a fully qualified florist.  

Many students become specialists working in areas such as weddings, functions, retail and studio or corporate work.

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Entry Requirements

You must be 17 years or over (or mature age) and possess an aptitude for floristry


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to gain relevant industry experience and then you can apply for our Certificate IV in Floristry.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

If you are eligible for a Government funded place in the Certificate III in Floristry and hold a current Healthcare card the inclusive fee for the 2021 full time course is approximately $2820.00. This inclusive fee includes tuition, course teaching materials, tool kit, annual amenities fee and core skills support fee. The fee is approximate as it is subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$832$4,158$12,899
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$1,313$1,313$1,313
Retain Course Items$442$442$442
Total Course Estimate$2,836$6,162$14,903
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$2,836$6,162$14,903

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You will be required to complete 21 units in total (16 core and 5 elective units). Most of the course is delivered face to face, with minimal online delivery.

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