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Floral Design Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 18
Term Effective: Fall 2016


The Floral Design Certificate of Achievement prepares students for work in the floral design industry. Flower care and handling, basic design, use of seasonal, dry, silk, or exotic plant materials, floral decoration, and special occasion arrangement are some of the skills and topics covered in the program.

Individuals typically find employment in many areas of the floral industry, such as retail flower shops, large retailers, wholesale suppliers, wineries, growers, and event and party planners.

With the great number of floral related businesses in Sonoma County, the job outlook is good. While the number of retail flower shops has remained constant, flowers are becoming available in many types of stores, such as supermarkets and mass merchandisers. In addition, the growth of the Sonoma County tourism industry is leading to more job opportunities. Flowers used for weddings, special events and conventions are increasing the demand for qualified floral designers.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Name and properly use the tools and mechanics in floral design;
  2. demonstrate proper standards of care and handling of fresh floral materials;
  3. create fresh floral arrangements and distinguish between the different types of design styles; and
  4. demonstrate an entry level knowledge of retail flower shop operation.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Floral Design Certificate program are:

  • Complete 18 units from
    • Floral Design Requirements

Floral Design Requirements - complete 18.00 units
FLORS 83A Beginning Floral Design2.00
FLORS 83B Intermediate Floral Design2.00
FLORS 183C Advanced Floral Design2.00
FLORS 187 European & Advanced Contemporary Floral Design1.00
FLORS 105 Flowers to Wear and Carry1.00
FLORS 108 Display and Merchandising for Retail Florists1.00
FLORS 112 Wedding Design2.00
FLORS 113 Floral Tributes2.00
FLORS 114 Retail Flower Shop Management3.00
FLORS 116 Identification and Handling of Flowers, Foliages and Plants2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2016

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Floral Design - effective Fall 2015
Floristry - effective Fall 2014
Floristry - effective Spring 2008
Floristry - effective Summer 2005
Floristry - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Floral Design Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 18 months.

This program will cost $6,268.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A of debt.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: CA

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

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