Level 4

Study to become a florist

Let your creativity shine, building on your passion for floristry, while working on large-scale projects. You'll also learn how to lead and support floristry team members or set up your own business.

Programme highlights

Study with MIT to learn advanced skills in floristry.

You will see your creative vision come to life as you learn how to create arrangements for large-scale events such as weddings.

Our experienced tutors will also cover the skills you need to manage floristry team members.

When you graduate you could manage a retail store or set up your own business designing floral arrangements for weddings and events.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • New Zealand Certificate in Floristry (Level 3) or equivalent
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 https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

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.

Special & discretionary admission

Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.


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Programme structure

Programme structure

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

862.416 Wedding and corporate (15 credits)

  • Consult on, plan, prepare and construct advanced handtied, wired and base medium floristry items suitable for weddings and corporate.
  • Apply design elements and principles to advanced hand-tied floristry items.
  • Identify new trends, designs and merchandise in the floristry industry.
  • Reflect on design and techniques used to create wedding and corporate items.

Prerequisite: 861.380 Floristry Display, Merchandising and Operations; 861.381 Sympathy Designs

861.496 Staff and store management (15 credits)

  • Lead and support team members in a culturally safe environment to meet business goals.
  • Monitor and manage the supply of floristry goods.

Prerequisite: 861.380 Floristry Display, Merchandising and Operations; 861.381 Sympathy Designs

861.497 Event flowers (30 credits)

  • Identify new and current trends, designs and merchandise in the floristry industry.
  • Identify floral requirements for an event and plan floral designs to meet customer needs.
  • Prepare quotes to meet customer and business needs.
  • Prepare, construct and maintain advanced large scale floral designs to meet event requirements.
  • Apply design elements and principles to all event designs.
  • Reflect on design and techniques used to create event items.

Prerequisite: 861.380 Floristry Display, Merchandising and Operations; 861.381 Sympathy Designs

Please note 30 credits towards this qualification are cross credits from the level 3 programme.

Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

Career opportunities

Positions in various areas of the floristry industry. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

Information is correct as at 29 November 2023. 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 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. 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 is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.