About this course

This qualification is a natural progression for any florist who has undertaken a Level 3 floristry qualification and is looking for further development their business and their skills in the floristry industry or anyone who is thinking of setting up in business, whether as a retail shop or a design studio.

Florists who have been bench trained over several years may also be able to undertake this course after discussion with the course directors.

The core elements of the level 4 higher diploma are based around design development and enhancing your knowledge of techniques within the industry and being able to use them in a profitable and commercial setting. You will also develop and adapt your current knowledge, skills and understanding of the floral industry whilst working on trend development and style.

There are 10 units which need to be complete to successfully pass the level 4.

1: Botanical concepts and practices for floristry
2: Historical studies for floristry
3: Floral event practices
4. Business practices for floristry
5: Marketing and promotion practices for floristry
6: Technical floristry skills – Tied designs
7: Technical floristry skills – Wired and Glued designs
8: Technical floristry skills – Designs in a Medium
9: Technical floristry skills – Design Trends
10: Design concepts for floristry.

The course takes place over two days once a month (Sunday and Monday) for a two-year academic period. Additional mid-week optional workshops and training days will be added throughout the academic year for students to enhance and develop their skills away from their retail space in the training environment.

At the end of the two-year training period all students will be expected to sit two examinations, one theory and one practical and will have developed and evaluated portfolio of evidence for a minimum of 30, higher level, commercial designs.

Successful completion of the course and the examinations will entitle a student to be an Licentiate member of the IoPF.

Any students who are currently training with us will qualify for a discount on courses/workshops delivered by visiting designers which can be seen on the – events pages.