Floral Design

Floral Design Classes

If you’re creative, detail-oriented, and have a strong sense of style and design, our online Floral Design Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the first steps toward a new career doing what you love. With flexible online floral design classes, you'll gain the knowledge and skills to work as a professional florist or start a floral business on your schedule, from home!  

  • Online floral design courses can help prepare students for floral designer jobs in hotels, florist shops, plant nurseries, event planning companies, or even to open their own floral shop.
  • Online floral design classes cover relevant topics such as design tools and basics, design techniques, working with live and artificial plants, and more. 
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How floral design concepts from the past influence modern floral design and how to recognize the four design categories by which florists classify flowers and foliage, identify other plants by name, shape, color, smell, and discuss traditional use in arrangements.
  2. How to understand the principles of design including composition, scale, proportion, balance, unity, pattern, harmony, contrast, accent, rhythm, movement, and focal emphasis to create visually pleasing floral arrangements.
  3. How to successfully create arrangements for a variety of events including weddings, funerals, holidays, and more.
  4. How to properly care for plants and flowers and how to maintain the integrity of artificial floral arrangements.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Floral Design Career Outcomes

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Our online Floral Design Career Diploma can help students prepare for jobs as florists or floral designers in a variety of industries from hotels to event planning.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Floral Design Curriculum

  • 9 courses
  • 37.1 continuing education units (CEUs)
  • 27 exams
  • 1 submitted final project

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 7 months
  • Average time = 12 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

In your online floral design classes, you'll build the skills and knowledge necessary to taking the first steps toward a successful career as a floral designer or florist shop owner. Your courses include:

  • Design Tools and Basics
  • Design Styles
  • Plants and Artificial Flowers
  • Weddings and Solemn Occasions 

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Floral Design Student Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Floral Design Career Diploma can help prepare you for the first step in your floral design career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them. 
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Diana D.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“Great program! Very in-depth with hands-on requirements in floral design that were evaluated by instructors. The testing method was really nice because you are given an opportunity to improve if a particular section was more difficult.”

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Floral Design Program Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Floral Design Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today! 

Option 1: Pay in full

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $20 down
  • All major credit and debit cards accepted
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $39 down
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Our Proven Floral Design Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime 
  • No exam due dates 
  • Self-paced 


  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes 
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources 
  • Online student community 
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty 
  • Dedicated student services 
  • Robust learning resources

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Floral Design Program FAQs

What is the average salary of a floral designer?

According to national averages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a floral designer was $33,160 in 2021.* Average salary can vary based on your education, experience, credentials, where you work, and even the state in which you live.

What is the career outlook for floral design?

Floral designers can often find steady work during particular seasons or holidays such as wedding season, Christmas, and Easter. Employment for floral designers in grocery store floral departments can be expected to increase as more customers appreciate the convenience of picking arrangements out on the go while florist shops could see a decline in customers over the next decade due to online ordering.

What makes a good floral designer?

A good floral designer can blend creativity, adaptability, and customer service skills to assist clients in creating the perfect arrangement for any event or celebration. Additionally, a successful floral designer will have in-depth knowledge of plants, from foliage to flowers, how to care for them properly, and know when certain flowers are in season and how that can affect pricing for arrangements.

Can you be a self-taught florist?

While it is certainly possible to become a self-taught florist, earning a diploma or certificate in floral design with online learning can help you qualify for more job opportunities. If you want to start a career working for an event planner, hotel design staff, or in a grocery store floral department, having documented training on your resume can help you stand out from other applicants.