Study to become a florist for free*

New Zealand Certificate in Floristry (Level 2)

Programme highlights

Take the first step toward a career in the floristry industry. 

You will learn the beauty of caring for fresh flowers and plants. 

Express your creative vision in arranging and presenting floral arrangements.

At MIT, you will gain real-world experience working in our professional floristry training centre. 

Our friendly tutors will be on hand every step of the way to help you succeed in your studies.

We'll also support you to find your first floristry job.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 2
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Programme code NZ2671

Full-time for 17 teaching weeks (three days per week)

Study method


Credits 60
International fees $10,200 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry criteria

Open entry

English language requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.

International students: English language entry requirements

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

Preferred skills required

At the school of floristry, we operate in a professional industry standard floristry environment that reflects what you will find in the real world.

Practical hands-on activities in the classroom can require a level of physical mobility. While not essential the following skills are an advantage.

  • Physical - performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as:
    • Lifting
    • Walking
    • Stooping
    • Standing.
  • Handling of materials - the ability to make simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
International students

Test your English level to help you plan.

Take our free online English test to get a basic indication of your English level. This will help you understand what programmes you can apply for and what preparation you may require before you start your programme of study.


Book your British Council IELTS test with us.

You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 3-5 days.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the four courses below (60 credits):

861.294 Working in the floristry industry (15 credits)

  • Prepare simple floristry items for a customer.
  • Converse and interact with customers and other floristry team members.
  • Apply safe work practices in a floristry workplace. 

861.295 Design elements and principles of floristry (15 credits)

  • Using the elements and principles of floral design to assemble simple floristry items.
  • Using the elements and principles of floral design to assemble floristry displays in a range of settings.

861.296 Merchandising floristry products (15 credits)

  • Prepare and maintain floristry displays for retail purposes.
  • Care and maintain floristry stock and merchandise.

861.297 Simple floristry creations (15 credits)

  • Select flowers and plant materials for simple floristry items.
  • Prepare flowers and plant materials for simple floristry items.
  • Assemble and prepare simple floristry items.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the floristry calendar.

Career opportunities

Positions in various areas of the floristry industry.

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.