Free Commercial Online Floristry Training Program

November 2nd to 9th December 




Unfortunately This Program Has Been So Over Subscribed The National Organic Training Skillnet has Stopped Taking Applicants at this time 

We are thrilled that the  National Organic Training Skillnet is funding  this Foundation Retail Online Floristry Training Program 

A 6 week Program delivered through pre-recorded online program that you can watch and learn at your own pace and at a time to suit your lifestyle.

6 Weeks in our Bloom Room where you can submit your work, chat with your tutors, have live training and support,

You will be supplied with all the fresh flowers , foliage & Sundries to complete all your certificate work. 

Participants will be required to submit both practical and written work and also partake in 5 Days Work Experience (or equivalent)




To enroll on this program you MUST meet one of the following criteria

  • Former sole traders and business owners
  • Recent graduates who are unemployed
  • Homemakers
  • Retirees seeking to return to the workplace
  • Individuals who fail to qualify for social welfare payments because of a spouse’s income
  • Individuals signing on for credits but in receipt of no social welfare payment
  • Individuals who have recently accepted redundancy payments
  • Non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals holding immigration Stamp 4

Welfare Recipients 

  • Jobseeker’s Credits only
  • Blind Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Farm/Fish Assist
  • Illness Benefit
  • Invalidity Pension
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Adult Dependents (of listed schemes)
  • Blind Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Farm/Fish Assist
  • Illness Benefit
  • Invalidity Pension
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Adult Dependents (of listed schemes)

People in receipt  income support from DEASP may retain such payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that Department. 

Full Eligibility Criteria Can Be Found Here 


What Is Covered On This Program

Course Content - 

  • Introduction to a Career as a Retail Florist 
  • Practical - 
    • Traditional Designs
    • Traditional Designs with a modern twist
    • Country Basket Arrangement
    • Modern Table Design 
    • Modern Front Facing Designs - using different flowers and different containers 
    • Floral Hat Boxes
    • Corporate Flower Designs 
    • Christmas Door Wreaths
    • Christmas Mantle Piece Arrangements 
    • Seasonal Table Displays 
    • Seasonal Funeral Tributes 
  • Conditioning and Handling Fresh Flowers & Foliage -
  • Flower Chemicals & How to use them
  • Health & Safety in the flower industry
  • Floral Sundries and materials
  • Types of floral foam - containers to suit locations and displays
  • Bow Making,  Janette will demonstrate and learners will learn to make an array of florist bows
  • Wholesalers – Trade Cards, Online Wholesalers, Sundry Wholesalers and Fresh Flower Wholesalers
  • Writing up recipes for floral designs
  • Costing floral designs and calculating your retail price in accordance with Industry Standard
  • Branding and Developing Marketing Material to start your own business 
  • Marketing & promoting yourself as a florist
  • Stock Control In the flower Industry 
  • Business Setup – VAT – CRO – Insurance
  • Developing your Portfolio
  • Assessment for Certification 
  • Marketing your Christmas Displays





Frequently Asked Questions 

Is there anything that I need to buy to complete this program?

The only thing you will need to buy is 10 Buckets to store your flowers and foliage 

What time does the course start each day?

Because of how the program is structured there is no specific start time each day.  You can watch the tutorials when ever suits you, any videos uploaded into the Bloom Room are there forever for you to watch and rewatch when suits you.

What is the Bloom Room?

The Bloom Room is a private Facebook group where only you and the participants on your program have access.  It is here that your tutor will go on live to chat to you and answer any questions, it is here where you will post photos of your designs for your tutor to critique, it is here where you will meet lots of new people who share the same interest as you.

Do I need to be on Facebook to join in the Bloom Room?

Yes you do need to have a Facebook account to join in the bloom room

How long do I have access to the pre-recorded program tutorials 

Once your Bloom Room is closed you still have access to all your pre-recorded tutorials for another 60 days

Will I Have Much Homework?

The weekend your fresh flowers and foliage arrives will be a busy weekend.  You will have 5 designs to make for your certificate.  As flowers are fresh and have a life span, we advise you to get these designs done within a week of the flowers arriving. 

Will I have to get Work Experience/ Placement? 

Due to COVID-19, it may not be possible for participants to access work placements. However, if available, it is the best approach in order to access employment by demonstrating the ability to work in a floristry business. If work placements are not available, then the Trainee would have to put together a portfolio of additional work that they have carried out in lieu of work placements. (Normal work placements are 5-days, hence, portfolio will need to be equivalent to 5 days work).  We will give full details of this in your bloom room.

Will I get a Certificate?

Yes on submission of all your course work you will be awarded a Foundation Certificate in Retail Floristry 

I'm not sure if I like doing online courses, I find it hard to stay motivated.

This is a very common question asked of all our Online Participants.  Have a look at this page of testimonials to put your mind at ease.