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Certificate in Floristry Practice (Level 3)


  • Starts 13 February 2017
  • One year, full-time
  • Fee Guideline: $6,055
  • Hamilton Garden Campus, Hamilton

If you have a flair for form and colour and a love of flowers, this course is for you! You'll develop design skills and plant handling methods, and learn floriculture and plant identification. Your tutors have experience and contacts in the floristry industry and proven skills in retail and competitive design. This means you get the very best training the industry has to offer, and, with the beautiful Hamilton Gardens as your classroom you can't help but be inspired!

The Certificate in Floristry Practice (Level 3) offers you the opportunity to learn design skills and knowledge relating to commercial floristry. The programme incorporates the correct method for handling plant material and instructs on theory and the practical skills necessary to create beautiful commercial designs. Plant identification and floricultural modules complement the floristry programme to provide you with good all round knowledge.

Programme Content

Half of your course will involve working with flowers. Care and treatment, floral design, containers and frames, pot plant treatments, creating gifts and working with wire are all part of your hands-on study. You'll also visit commercial flower growers and go on field trips to learn plant identification and plant botany.

You will study:

  • Floristry industry in New Zealand
  • Horticultural ​Safety and First Aid
  • Floricultural Science (plant botany and identification)
  • Floristry Practice 1 (wiring, taping and corsages)
  • Floristry Retailing (ordering procedures and calligraphy)
  • Floristry Design 1 (design principles and elements of design)
  • Pot plant and Flower and Foliage Care
  • Floristry Practice 2 (cut flower and floral gift designs)
  • Floristry Practice 3 (bowl and basket designs, traditional and contemporary)
  • Floriculture Marketing Practice 1
  • Floriculture Marketing Practice 2​​
  • ​Floriculture in New Zealand (a look at the growing and marketing industry)

Optional module:

  • Plant Propagation (night class)

If you graduate from the Wintec Certificate in Floristry Practice (Level 3) and pass all NZQA units bundled to the programme you are able to gain the National Qualification in Floristry (Level 2) and upon completion of all units cross credited the New Zealand Professional Florists Certificate in Commercial Floristry (Level 3).

Career Opportunities

Wintec has designed this programme so you leave with skills that are in demand. The Certificate in Floristry Practice (Level 3) may lead to employment as an assistant in a professional floristry shop or studio, a supermarket floristry outlet or a garden centre. There are also opportunities to work within a nursery or on a floricultural property. You also have the opportunity to move into further study in any creative field

Entry Criteria

  • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English, or
  • Equivalent qualification, and
  • Demonstration of a reasonable likelihood of success in the programme

Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over who do not meet the specified entry requirements. These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme through a process of an interview and / or assessment.​

Secondary School Students

Want to experience floristry for a day? Come and do a Wintec Taster in Floristry Practice.

If you want to get your floristry career underway while still at school the following online courses are available:

  • Floristry One (Unit Standard 20686) (Care and treatment of flowers, foliage and pot plants)
  • Floristry Two (Unit Standard 12057) (Basic plant anatomy and physiology)

Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor about any of the above options.

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