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Summary of occupation

Florists design and put together floral arrangements such as bouquets, garlands and wreaths, and prepare flowers for sale to the public. Their tasks include arranging personalised wreaths for funerals or weddings, cutting and presenting fresh flowers (such as those native to Australia) in their store, or selecting flowers of a certain colour and appearance for an arrangement.

ANZSCO description: Prepares and sells floral arrangements.
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Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A florist needs:

  • to be artistic, with an eye for colour and design
  • great communication skills
  • discretion and confidentiality when dealing with personal matters
  • knowledge of different flowers and their maintenance requirements
  • to be skilled at hand-crafting techniques.
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Working conditions

Florists work in florist shops and might also travel to locations such as religious institutions, community events or private gatherings to design and prepare floral arrangements. Visits to flower markets are also required. It is important that florists do not have allergies or reactions to any kinds of pollen, flowers or seeds. As florists converse frequently with the public, they must have good communication and listening skills.

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Salary details

On average, florists can expect to earn between $679.90 and $799 per week, ($35 354.80 and $41 599 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

When putting together floral arrangements, florists use materials such as foam boards, wire and paper. A thorough knowledge of different forms of flowers and the manner in which they should be stored and presented, is of great importance. Similarly, florists should be aware of the symbolism of different flowers and be able to pass this knowledge onto the public.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

It is possible to work as a florist without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. 

You can become a florist by completing a traineeship in floristry. The traineeship usually takes between 12 and 24 months to complete.

​You may also improve your employment prospects if you complete a Certificate in Floristry offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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