Study to become a florist

New Zealand Certificate in Floristry (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Take your floristry skills to the next level and get hands-on experience. 

Let your personal style shine as you learn to create a range of floral arrangements. 

Build on your customer service skills and get specialist skills in floristry retail sales and marketing.

Our facilities include a modern chiller, storage rooms plus a bright and spacious teaching facility. 

These facilities and our supportive learning environment will give you the best start in your floristry career.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 3
Domestic fees

Click here to see a list of domestic course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Programme code NZ2672

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

Study method


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

New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements

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

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules:

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):

861.376 Floristry customer service (15 credits)

  • Assist customers to meet their needs
  • Apply personal presentation skills in the floristry environment
  • Prepare quotes to meet customer and business needs.

861.380 Floristry display, merchandising and operations (15 credits)

  • Create more detailed displays and maintain floristry products to provide maximum impact
  • Apply design elements and principles to all display designs
  • Promote floristry products and services.

861.381 Sympathy designs (15 credits)

  • Consult on, plan, prepare and construct hand-tied, wired and base medium floristry items suitable for sympathy
  • Apply design elements and principles to all sympathy designs
  • Reflect on design and techniques used to create sympathy design items.

861.382 Celebration occasions (15 credits)

  • Prepare and construct hand-tied, wired and base medium floristry items suitable for a range of  celebration occasions
  • Apply design elements and principles to all celebration occasion designs
  • Reflect on design and techniques used to create celebration occasion 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. For potential salaries visit

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.