When looking for the right kind of course that suits your needs, whether its for a new career or updating your skills, it can be a bit of a minefield knowing which is the right one for you. Here we give an outline of Floristry qualifications but please be aware that these titles and sometimes their criteria can change very quickly, so always check with the College or Training provider before embarking on new venture.
City and Guilds NPTC
The City and Guilds qualifications were formed from over a period of some years. These are currently the most widely recognised by industry professionals when applying for work.
In 2018 changes have taken place to the L2 and L3 qualifications into the new ‘Technicals’ which fall in line with the style of L4 and L5. They all have exams.
These qualifications are known for their high floristry skill level combined with academic and business knowledge.
City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Floristry
City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Floristry
City and Guilds Level 4 Higher Diploma in Floristry (ICSF) (HDF)
City and Guilds Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry (NDSF) (MDPF)
ICSF stands for Intermediate Certificate Society of Floristry and the letters still appear on the City and Guilds paperwork. Once the qualification is gained HDF are the letters you can use after your name for this qualification.
NDSF stands for National Diploma Society of Floristry and the letters and the letters still appear on the City and Guilds paperwork. Once the qualification is gained MDPF are the letters you can use after your name for this qualification.
The older style L2 and L3 are still accepted for IoPF membership they are:
City and Guilds L2 National certificate in Floristry
City and Guilds L2 National Diploma in Floristry
City and Guilds L3 Advanced National certificate in Floristry
ICSF and NDSF certificates are accepted for IoPF membership but it is encouraged that CPD be sought as the modern qualifications contain updated ideals, techniques and design schema which was not covered in the older style qualifications.
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Pearson BTEC Nationals
These qualifications have been created for students who have finished GCSE and wish to pursue a vocational qualification. They are equivalent to National GCE A levels
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Floristry (1 GCE A level)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Floristry (2 GCE A levels)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Floristry (3 GCE A levels)
The older style are still accepted for IoPF membership
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma
These qualifications will have been undertaken whilst in the workplace. Time is spent at work ‘on the job training’ as well as at a college or with a training provider.
Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Floristry
Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Floristry
Apprenticeships are soon to be relaunched as Trailblazer apprenticeships. These will also be accepted as they replace the older version.
Some Training Schools offer the City and Guilds qualifications in individual units known as modules. This can be advantageous if you can not undertake an entire course at once.
Beginners Floristry (Level 2)
Advanced Floristry (Level 3)
These are a fairly new addition in floristry education. Entry to these courses can be gained with the same criteria as other degree courses. No previous floristry experience is necessary. The courses have a high academic value.
Foundation Certificate Professional Floristry and Floral Design
BA (Hons) Professional Floristry and Floral Design
There are qualifications within colleges which are classed as ‘Leisure’ courses or which can be used as CPD (Continued Professional Development) for IoPF. These will not be accepted as accredited courses for our IoPF membership as they do not provide the necessary coverage of all the skill sets.
They can be labeled in levels such as L2 or L3 but do not convert to the same levels as the above qualifications. They are perfect for initially finding out if you enjoy floristry but should not be confused with the industry accredited courses should you wish to use them to gain employment or set up your own business.
Such courses include but are not limited to:
City and Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 certificate in Design and Craft (Floral Display units)
Open College Network (OCN) Level 1, 2 and 3
Floristry schools courses (Day, Week or Intensive)
A course which awards a certificate of attendance
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