Certificate in Commercial Floristry (Level 3) - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3

To be advised


34 weeks full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 121

This course will provide students with the practical skills required for making and designing floristry products such as hand-tied bouquets and posies, corsages, floral gifts, wristlets, buttonholes, and flower arrangements. It also covers important operational functions for providing floristry service in a retail environment, including the conditioning and preparation of products, appropriateness for the occasion, handling and care, supplier and seasonal availability, toxicity/allergy characteristics, shelf life, price, and customer service skills. 

The course incorporates the unit standards required for the National Certificate in Floristry (Level 2) qualification, which students can apply to NZQA to be awarded in addition to the Level 3 certificate.

62        Maintain personal presentation for the workplace

64        Perform calculations for the workplace

497       Protect health and safety in the workplace

11941     Build rapport with customers

12057     Demonstrate knowledge of flowering plants and foliage

20685     Apply knowledge of floristry stock, merchandise and services to meet customer needs

20686     Care for floristry stock and merchandise

20687     Prepare and display floristry stock

20688     Provide service to floristry customers

20689     Assemble and prepare floristry products

20691     Create floristry designs using hand tied techniques

20693     Create floristry designs using a base medium

20696     Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of floristry design

20699     Demonstrate knowledge of floriculture

26551     Provide first aid for life threatening conditions

26552     Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs of $2850 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Completion of this programme will enable students to function successfully at operational levels within the floristry sector. Career opportunities include floristry retail business owner or assistant, contracting to hotels and event venues, and major corporate and government organisations.

  • Three years secondary education preferred
  • Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • A minimum of 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 in both numeracy and literacy is required
  • Desire to work in the Floristry industry
  • Mature students are welcome
  • Sponsored students with a letter of intent will have automatic entry

Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below:

  • IELTS test: Score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 61 or higher (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or CAE with a score of 41 or higher
  • NZCEL: Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed the programme and be eligible for award of the qualification "Certificate in Commercial Floristry" they must have:

  • Attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme.
  • Completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments.
  • Successfully completed assessment requirements for all modules/unit standards, and achieved a total of 121 credits.

Classes are held Tuesday to Friday at SIT's Invercargill campus (Room G1-14).