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Floral Design Artisan, Certificate of Specialization

Banner code: 2_CE_FDA
Financial aid: Not eligible 

The Floral Design Artisan Certificate of Specialization offers students short-term training in the art of floral design. Courses offer excellent instruction of industry fundamentals and required skills to prepare students for entry-level employment in various areas of the floral industry. Courses are topic specific regarding the special events which desire floral decor in our world. Instruction includes technical skills required to create wedding florals, event design and display, and sympathy tributes with a global approach to floral artistry that addresses the multicultural and international aspect of this industry. This certificate is the foundation of the Floral Design and Shop Management Certificate of Achievement. The program is aligned with the California Certified Florist’s Certificate and completion of this program will help prepare students for the state exam.

Potential careers students may enter upon completion are as follows:

  • Entry-level position
    • Mass merchandise floral department
    • Grocery store floral department
    • Wholesale florist
    • Retail flower shop
    • Wedding floral business
    • Event design floral business
    • Sympathy-specific flower shop

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify principles and practices that are industry appropriate.
  2. Create an arrangement illustrating the elements and principles of color theory and floral design.
  3. Identify and categorize varieties of flowers and foliage by genus and species.
  4. Distinguish floral industry standards for application to commercial venues.

Certificate Of Specialization Requirements

This certificate focuses on the student gaining competency in a skill so that the student can quickly move into the workplace. There is emphasis on updating or newly emerging technologies and the coursework for the Certificate of Specialization must be under 18 units. This certificate is not approved by the State and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation, and is not recorded on a transcript. In order to earn a Certificate of Specialization all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. Fifty percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
FLRL G110Basic Floral Design3
FLRL G115Wedding Designs2
FLRL G120Advanced Designs in Global Floristry2
FLRL G125Advanced Floral Design - Events and Display2
Total Units9