Study to become a florist

New Zealand Certificate in Floristry (Level 4)

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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.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 4
Domestic fees

$5,200 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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Programme code NZ2673
Duration

Full-time for 17 teaching weeks, 3 days per week.

Study method

Full-time

Credits 90
International fees NZD $15,500 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Floristry (Level 4)


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.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

International students

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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

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 careers.govt.nz.

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 21 April 2022. 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 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 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 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. 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 and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.