36 weeks / 1440 hours

Classes commence every month

Students attend class 8 hours per day, five days per week

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent; or mature student status (18 years of age and pass a Superintendent approved qualifying test


Diploma level of study
Mandatory continued training for instructors
Excellent student to teacher ratio
Classes commence every month
Monthly payment plans
Courses are tax deductible
Honour roll student recognition


The Floral Designer Diploma program is intended for individuals interested in working in the Floral Industry. Success in your chosen career as a Floral Designer depends on a combination of artistic abilities and hands-on experience. At the Hamilton School of Careers & Hamilton Institute of Technology, students are given plenty of opportunity to explore the artistic talent while learning the basics of retailing.


In this 36 week program, students will study the basic floral culture, names and care of fresh flowers, dealing with the grower or the wholesaler, oasis shop management, telephone personality, sales and advertising, as well as cleaning and sanitation.

Students will learn the basics of how to design with silk, fresh, dried and exotic flowers, in traditional, Victorian, Oriental, European and Modern flower arrangements for all occasions and learn the forms of designs, circular, round shape, horizontal, vertical, oval, fan, crescent, Symmetrical and Asymmetrical triangles, hand-tied bouquets, Hogarth S-curve, and European designs. The techniques of Design Color harmony, basing, focal area, terracing, grouping, framing, banding, binding, clustering, Feathering, shadowing, parallelism are also covered.

Students will receive instruction in arm bouquets for brides, flowers for young attendants, bridesmaids' bouquets, arrangements for church ceremonies and receptions, corsages, boutonnieres, and body flowers, hair flower pieces, upright European bouquets and wedding presentation, wedding order procedures, wiring and taping techniques.

Students will focus on "Selling a Wedding", "Fashions and Trends", "Delivery", "Set-up" and "Services".

Students will study the Art of Japanese floral designs. They will also learn to design baby novelties, wine and cheese baskets, moss wreaths, grapevine and Styrofoam wreaths, crafts.

Sympathy tributes construction of funeral baskets, casket and standing sprays, non-traditional table pieces, vase arrangements, wreaths, hearts, crosses, and special request pieces including appropriate pricing, delivery and set up.

Students will focus on floral designing with the Designing of a floral shop. Retail florists know the importance of a good display that will attract customers into the store and encourage them into buying on impulse.

They will learn the basic principles of visual merchandising and new ideas for displays as well as the Care and Handling of Fresh Flowers processing, merchandising, fresh flower and plant identification, and availability of floral products in the Canadian marketplace. Students will see at the school, a large selection of fresh, silk, exotic and dried flowers all floral supplies, ceramics, containers, glassware, gift baskets, wreaths, swags, Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, Christmas garlands, Father Christmas, Santa's and much more.