Floral Techniques - Basic - 805

Mohawk College Certificate
Person handling a bunch of flowers

Explore the principles and practices of floral design including form techniques, composition, colour, plant identification and care and handling. Learn to create the floral arrangements for any occasion with creative expression and originality.

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Please note that the cost of materials is your responsibility.

  • Personal enrichment/growth
  • Acquire skills for employment in the floral industry
  • Practical hands-on experience in each class
  • Development of creativity to design various arrangements for yourself and others
  • Learn the techniques to create basic design styles leading into more advanced styles
  • Learn the techniques to create arrangements/floral pieces for different occasions - wedding, funerals, Christmas, Thanksgiving
  • Understand the principles and elements of design and the proper usage of colour and the mechanics
  • Be introduced to using a variety of fresh flowers/foliage/artificial
Program Contact
CE Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.
  • Some manual dexterity is required for the use of sharp tools.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Creative, Media and Business

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: : In this introductory course, you will study the proper care and handling of flowers, elements and principles of design, and colour harmonies. Different styles of flower arrangements in fresh and artificial material will be completed for practice and assessment. Supplies required will be discussed at the first class.
Credits: 2
Course description: Beautiful floral arrangements enhance wedding celebrations or any special occasion. Learn to create bridal bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, church and reception pieces for either weddings, special birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. Fresh and artificial floral material will be used. Kit available. PREREQUISITES: FLORFC001 and FLORFC004.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FLORFC004
Course description: Floral tributes traditionally are used to make a comforting and elegant expression in a time of sorrow. You will learn to design various arrangements on a larger scale as floral tributes for the bereaved. Mossing and wrapping a wreath, inserts, fireside basket and wire service arrangements will be covered. Fresh and artificial floral materials will be used. Kit available. PREREQUISITES: FLORFC001 & FLORFC004.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FLORFC004
Course description: An endless selection of materials such as plant, drieds, fresh greens, flowers and natural can be used effectively in creating floral arrangements. Different holding mediums will be covered to create designs that relate to past eras such as Colonial, French, Georgian and Victorian. Also included is creating a fresh garland, miniatures, wreath making and an introduction to display work. Kit available. PREREQUISITE: FLORFC001.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FLORFC001
Course description: Here's your opportunity to explore a new area of floral design working with a variety of exotic flowers, greens and artificial floral material. Various arrangements will be created that are unique, bold, dramatic and contemporary looking in style. The care and handling of exotic flowers will be covered in detail with an introduction to corsage work. Kit available. PREREQUISITE: FLORFC001 & FLORFC004.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FLORFC004
Course description: This workshop allows students to use their knowledge from previous courses to create various theme presentations, arrangements, individual and group displays using a variety of floral material. Working to speed, costing and acquiring a higher level of proficiency will be emphasized. Materials and supplies extra. PREREQUISITES: FLORFC001, FLORFC002, FLORFC003, FLORFC004, FLORFC005.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FLORFC002 and FLORFC003 and FLORFC004 and FLORFC005
Course description: Explore the latest trends in floral design, with emphasis on advanced and innovative design styles that combine line, form, texture and colour.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FLORFC002 and FLORFC003 and FLORFC004 and FLORFC005
Getting Started

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Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare individuals to enter the retail florist industries & wholesale environments
  • Learn to create basic to advanced styles with confidence
  • Sound knowledge of colour theory, principles and elements of design
  • Identify the proper care and handling for fresh flowers, foliage, flowering plants
  • Demonstrate the ability to create suitable floral arrangements for different occasions in keeping with client requests and cost constraints

Interested in a workshop?

Non-credit workshops may be offered. Visit our Workshops page for details.

Career Opportunities

  • Self-employment
  • Employment in retail florist store, banquet/convention centre, greenhouse, garden centre, wholesale
  • Sales associate, junior floral designer, window display work, visual presentation opportunities