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Floral Design Entrepreneur, Certificate of Specialization

Banner code: 2_CE_FDE
Financial aid: Not eligible 

The Floral Design Entrepreneur Certificate of Specialization offers students short-term training in floral design that includes instruction of industry fundamentals as well as specialized courses that introduce the permanent botanical design industry and bolster creativity in the art of floral design. Courses offer excellent instruction of required industry skills to prepare students for entry-level employment in various areas of the floral industry. Courses include resume building and portfolio development and basic business information for those who desire to open a floral business. This certificate is part 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
    • Permanent botanical/silk flower business
    • entrepreneurship in the floral industry

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Distinguish floral industry standards for application to commercial venues.
  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. Identify principles and practices of flower shop operation.

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 G127Creativity and Competition2
FLRL G130Floral Business and Marketability3
FLRL G132Permanent Botanicals2
Total Units10