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Floral Design

Available: Fall

Program Description

Designed in co-operation with the floral industry, this program provides you with the knowledge, skills and professional expertise required for a successful career as a Retail Florist and Designer.

You’ll benefit from the integration of theory and practice in the floral laboratory, and you’ll gain on-the-job experience in related field work.

Field Work

Throughout your studies, and in addition to the daily floral design practicum, you’ll gain on-the-job experience by working in related industry for approximately 200 hours.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

Your Career

Prepare for your career as a Retail Florist or Floral Designer. Our two-semester Floral Design certificate program equips you with the practical skills and business knowledge to succeed as a floral designer, sales consultant/advisor or management trainee in retail flower shops, department stores, garden centres, interior landscape businesses, wire service organizations, wholesale and distribution outlets, gift shops and floral event companies.


  • American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)
  • Canadian Academy of Floral Art (CAFA)
  • World Flower Council (WFC)

Wire Services:

  • Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD)
  • Teleflora Canada

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Brad Higginson 416.491.5050 ext. 24007

Program Chair

Gitte Hansen 416.491.5050 ext. 22160


Floral Design students Kristen and Laura are the only two from Canada taking part in the student floral competition that is part of the prestigious American Institute of Floral Design's annual symposium. Video


“This program is a wonderfully mastered compilation of the retail florist business. It is designed to provide the tools for employment and ownership of floral shops. Taught by professional designers, it illustrates great insight into all aspects of the floral industry and is superbly delivered.”

Lorin Ellis, Graduate

“Seneca’s instructors are well regarded in our industry and my peers recommend its graduates. I have hired graduates because I know the calibre of student the program produces and the work they have accomplished during their training.”

Inta Gugano–Taurins
General Manager, Gardenia 5 Flower
Employer of Retail Florist Graduates

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network

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