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Certificate III in Floristry Non-Apprenticeship

Code: SFL30115

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38 weeks full time

Next Intake

January, August

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Help your floristry skills bloom

Experience an authentic floristry course in Melbourne with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Floristry SFL30115. This course will prepare you with the fundamentals of the floristry trade from design through to creation of floral arrangements.

In Australia’s steady floristry industry, skilled and creative florists are always in demand. You’ll have hands-on experience in a range of floral techniques, allowing your skill set to flourish like never before.

Gain experience and knowledge with a Certificate III in Floristry SFL30115

With qualified industry florists guiding you throughout your course, you will be instructed in flower and foliage identification and design and display processes, as well as retail skills and customer service.

You will also cover complex floral design and construction techniques and business-oriented skills, including customer consultation and quotation.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s partnership with Melbourne Market Authority and the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria will allow you to assist during the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, and enter competitions. Our students have frequently won awards at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, including the intermediate and advanced Student Floral Design Competition and the overall stall competition.

Floristy Studies students sitting at a table with their vase and bouquet floral arrangments
Floristry students with arrangements

Cultivate exciting future opportunities

Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Floristry SFL30115 will have the skills and knowledge to find work within a range of practices within the floristry field.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Floristry - Non-Apprenticeship SFL30115 take me?

With help from our Skills and Job Centre, you may gain employment in floristry enterprises, producing floral arrangements and retailing floral work. Opportunities exist in the design and production of floral works for weddings, funerals and large-scale events.

Study Pathways

Successful completion of the Certificate III in Floristry SFL30115 may lead into the further study in floristry courses or horticulture.

Researching different flowers and plants, learning new techniques, and finding out about industry trends has helped me further my floristry career plans and hone in on my interests.
Ingrid Josephine
Floristry Student
A  brunette woman stands beside a sizable flower arrangement smiling

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Fairfield – Monday & Tuesdays 9am – 5pm
Prahran – Wednesday & Thursdays 9am – 5pm

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes and demonstrate competency. Various forms of assessment may be used including demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, and third party reports. Student are also required to undertake 50 – 70 hours of work placement in floristry related business.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCNSY204A Maintain indoor plants Elective 20
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Elective 20
CUAPPR311 Produce creative work Elective 45
CUVACD201A Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas Core 60
SFLDEC001 Maintain floristry tools and equipment Core 15
SFLDEC002 Design floristry products Core 50
SFLDEC005 Assemble floristry products Elective 130
SFLDEC006 Construct hand tied floristry products Core 70
SFLDEC007 Construct wired floristry products Core 70
SFLDEC008 Construct floristry products with a base medium Core 70
SFLDEC012 Interpret floristry design briefs Core 20
SFLSOP001 Source information on floristry products and services Core 40
SFLSOP002 Work effectively in the floristry industry Core 45
SFLSOP003 Recognise flower and plant materials Core 45
SFLSOP004 Receive and store floristry stock Core 30
SFLSOP005 Prepare and care for floristry stock Core 60
SFLSOP007 Interact with floristry customers Elective 30
SFLSOP008 Provide quality service to floristry customers Core 35
SFLSOP009 Sell floristry products Core 30
SFLSOP010 Prepare quotations for floristry products Core 30
SFLWHS001 Participate in safe work practices Core 15

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $840 $4200 $13000
Materials fee $1670 $1670 $1670
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $2685 $6120 $14920
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Material costs payments are divided over 2-4 semesters depending on full time or part time. All floral materials and sundries provided. List of safety equipment and books that need to be purchased by students will be distributed to students early in the course.


There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

Skills required:

Physical skills – Floristry is hands on and requires a degree of fine motor skills, strength and mobility. Students will be required to lift buckets, unpack stock, undertake house keeping duties, and stand for prolonged periods of time. Support and reasonable adjustments are available for students through the Student Equity and Access Service.

Technological skills – Students will require basic computer skills to access learner resources and submit assessments via Moodle and other online platforms. Learning support is available for students through Learning Skills.

Communication skills - Students will require a level of numeracy and literacy skills which will enable them to participate in written activities and assessments. Students will be required to undertake various teamwork activities and undertake work placement within a floristry business. Numeracy and literacy support are available through Learning Skills. Further support and reasonable adjustments are available through the Student Equity and Access Service.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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