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Fast Track International – America


Learn to be a Florist in 4 weeks

If you want to train as a florist and have limited time to learn, then this course is for you. We have designed a professional 4 week training program which can be split into weekly blocks so that you have flexibility and can build your course over a time span to suit you.

The weekly modules are broken down into 4 units

  • Hand-tied and gift wrapping,
  • Wedding Bridal designs,
  • Floral Arrangements,
  • Funeral and Design,
    (Optional Exam)

(The cost of the courses includes all the flowers, foliage and materials).
Taking all 4 units would give you all the practical skills and techniques you need to work as a florist.


Location of course Week Dates- 5 days per week
Dunchideock, Exeter, England 1 4/4/2016  – 8/4/2016
2 20/5/2016 – 3/6/2016
3 18/7/2016- 22/7/2016
4 25/7/2016 -29/6/2016

Course Description

“What would I expect from the course?”

We delivery all our courses so that they are pure practical, that there isn’t any written work so giving you 100% focus on creating and mastering designs. We do however discuss and give you access to hand-outs on underpinning knowledge that is essential to become a florist such as conditioning flowers, costing, buying, poisonous and irritant material, selecting flowers.

By taking the design unit you will study in depth the elements and principles of design so that you have an understanding of design and colour. Making the qualification an all round professional floristry qualification that gives you the skills to understand and create the commercial designs independently when you leave.

As ongoing support we also give you the opportunity to join our Facebook student group, which is part of our Academy florist family, here you can showcase your designs, ask advice, receive professional support and access information to develop and grow your Floristry career.

This qualification is part of our Master Training Program and once you have completed the level 2 it will give options to continue your training onto our level 3, City and Guilds level 4 and finally City and Guilds level 5.

If you complete all 4 units and choose to take the 2 hour practical exam at the end of the course and pass you will receive a full Academy of Floral Art Certificate which is an acknowledgment of your expertise. You will also be awarded a digital “Trained at the Academy of Floral” pin for your business website.

Everyone will receive a certificate of attendance for the unit you have studied.

“Why choose the Academy of Floral Art?”

We are a professional UK floristry school producing top florists that go on and set up their own successful business either freelance or shops, teach floristry and go on to achieve recognition in competitions including RHS Chelsea Gold medals.

We have been established for 6 years and as part of our teaching team we have a Dutch and USA Floristry Master and UK Master Florists who have experience of running businesses and teaching for over 19 years, so we have high level of floristry expertise. We update our own skills regularly to make sure our courses are always current. We teach and train around 120 students a year making us one of the most successful floristry schools in the UK.

You will explore with us modern and current trends as well as traditional methods. Plus studying our courses enables you to join the British Floristry Association Institute of Professional Florists register.
We run this course at our beautiful studio set in the Devonshire countryside just 10 minutes from the old Cathedral City of Exeter and stunning South Devon coast. So if you are visiting the UK there are plenty of places to visit. We are 20 minutes from Exeter International airport or train station giving easy access from London (3 hours by train). We can give you advice on local hotels and guest houses.

Suitable for:

  • Shop owners wanting to train new staff
  • International students
  • Someone in full time work or looking to change career
  • Someone wanting to learn a new skill
  • Floristry Hand-tied and gift wrapping week
  • Spiral stems
  • Hostess design and Aqua packs
  • Simple posy
  • Vases designs
  • Cone wraps
  • Modern and traditional gift bouquets and branding
  • Tied designs with frames
  • Gift Wrapping Plants
  • Limited designs
  • Tied sheaf
  • Tied pew ends
  • Tied wedding posy’s
  • Informal bouquets
  • Tied showers bridal bouquet

Floral wedding and bridal design week

  • Buying, conditioning and preparing flowers for the wedding.
  • Exploring Wiring- wire gauges and tapes
  • Corsages
  • Buttonholes
  • Hand-tied designs
  • Posy Bouquets
  • Limited Bouquet
  • Shower Bouquets
  • Semi crescent
  • Headdress
  • Floral arrangement week
  • Symmetrical
  • Asymmetrical
  • Posy design
  • Parallel
  • Limited Designs
  • Hogarth
  • Planted
  • Textured
  • Impulse designs
  • Top table designs
  • Pedestals
  • Topiary trees
  • Baskets
  • Technique builder- Swags/garland, Wreath ring

Floristry funeral arrangements and design week

  • Loose Posy Pad
  • 3ft Double ended
  • Single Ended Spray
  • Based tributes
  • Open wreath
  • Baskets

Heart of Design-

  • Elements of design
  • Principles of design
  • Sketching and planning
  • European and American design
  • Make Form linear and planned design


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Who are the Academy?

The Academy of Floral Art is a top UK floristry school  and is the place to train if you want to become a successful florist/ floral designer or just have the experience of a creative floral journey. You have the opportunity to follow the success of our past students who have achieved  RHS Gold medals, set up their own successful businesses, either freelance or shops, or go on to become floristry teachers , judges or demonstrators.

  • We teach over 120 students per year
  • We explore modern and current trends as well as traditional methods.
  • World class qualified teaching team with experience of over 18 years.

Who recognizes you as a school?

We are a British Floristry Association (BFA) Institute of Professional Florists (IoPF) College member. We have a tutor on the BFA education board. Plus we are a City & Guilds accredited center, and we are an education partner with American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).

What happens if I can’t make a lesson?

To successfully complete the course it is important to attend all lessons. If through unexpected circumstances you have to miss a lesson please let your tutor know as soon as possible.

No refund can be given for missed classes; however as a gesture of good will we will endeavour to offer you an alternative date to catch up the missed lesson when the unit is repeated; this is subject to application and availability. It is the students responsibility to organise this date with the Academy.

If the Academy has to cancel a lesson for any reason, we will ensure that you are given an alternative date to catch up the missed class. 

How do your courses work?

We have split the courses content into subject units, these can be taken individually or built up to into a full  qualification.

To achieve our full qualification you need to complete:-

Level 2 – 3 practical units, the heart of design unit and pass the practical exam unit.

Level 3 – 3 practical units, the heart of design unit (if not taken at level 2) and pass the practical exam unit.

Level 4/5 – 5 practical units and exam unit- 3 years from registration to complete course.

Is there a lot of written paper work or assessment?

Professional Floristry Qualifications

Our level 2 and 3 practical units have been designed so that there is no written paper work or classroom assessment.  To develop your skills and confidence as a florist the units are hands on and practical. To enhance your knowledge we cover theory  and costing in the class through discussion and hand-outs. There is an final practical exam if you would like to achieve the full qualification.

Level 4 and 5, there is an equal balance of written and practical work, to achieve each unit you have to pass the set assignment or assessments written by City and Guilds. To achieve the full qualification there is a theory and practical timed exam.

Creative Flower Classes

Theses recreational classes have no course work or paper work, just pure practical and demonstrations.

What are the classrooms like?

The classrooms provide a creative space for you to relax and enjoy your course. The classes are small with a maximum of 12 students on our professional courses  so you have plenty of one to one with the teacher. Tea/ coffee is provided free of charge. Plenty of free parking at our venues.

(Our recreational flower creative classes may at some venues have a maximum of 20 per class).

What qualification do I get?

Level 2 and 3 – On the completion of each unit you receive a certificate of attendance. To achieve our full level 2 or 3  you need to complete 3 practical units, the heart of design unit and pass the practical exam unit, then you will receive an Academy of Floral Art Master Training Program  level 2 or level 3 certificate and a studied at the Academy pin for your website.

Level 4 and 5- On completion of a single unit you may request a certificate of attendance. On completion of full units and passing of exam you will receive a City and Guilds Certificate and an Academy of Floral Art Master Training Program  level 4 or level 5 certificate and a studied at the Academy pin for your website.

Is this qualification recognized?

Yes this qualification is recognized  by our professional body the British Floristry Association (BFA)  and once qualified you  can become a member on their Institute of Professional  Florist register. The level 2 and 3 is based on national floristry standards so that you can gain employment in a Florist. You can enter UK Words Skills and with our certificate you can carry on studying our Master training program  City & Guilds Floristry level 4 & 5 ( which is recognized world wide).

How long will it take me to qualify?

The fastest you can achieve:-

Level 2

  • Full time fast track – 4 weeks.
  • Weekly – 1 year.
  • Weekends 18 months.

To give you flexibility you can do more than one unit at a time, which would reduce the amount of time to complete the course.

Level 3- 1 year

Level 4 and 5 – 18 months

When do your courses starts?

You have a choice of  start dates throughout the year, spring, summer and autumn.

What happens when I leave?

As a student you become a member of our Academy family with access to continued support via our private Academy student facebook group, where you can ask any question and have support from tutors and past students.  Plus we will send you a newsletter keeping you up to date on Academy events, trips, workshops and courses that may benefit you.

If this is the first time you have been with us or you are returning to complete another unit, we would like to welcome you to the Academy of Floral Art and hope that you find this an inspirational journey.

Tea and Coffee provided, microwave and fridge available.
Studio telephone number:-
01392 834893

Our premises are at 8 Dunchideock Barton, Nr Exeter,EX2 9UA, Tel No 01392 834893
See below directions and map.

The easiest way to get to us is from the Plymouth road and when you get to the top of Haldon Hill on the brow of the hill you will see the sign to Dunchideock, turn off and follow the signs. You will go along the ridge of Haldon Hill, pass the Haldon Belvedere Tower and then start going down a hill, when you get out of the tree’s you will see a sign to the left for Dunchideock Barton, and Church, turn left here and head towards the church, when you get to the church you will see a court yard to the right, we are unit 8.

Alternative route from Okehampton Road below.

From M5 you can turn off on the A30 Okehampton Road, then take the first junction signed to Exeter, Alphington/ Ide, at the bottom of the slip road you will get to a big round about, take the first turning to the left signed to Ide, continue to A.

Coming from Okehampton take junction signed to Exeter, Alphington/ Ide, at the bottom of the slip road you will get to a big round about, take the third turning signed to Ide, continue to A.

A=Follow this road until you see sign to Ide village then turn off left and keep on this road for about 7 minutes. Eventually you will start going up a hill and see a thatched house with pillars on the road, just after Lord Haldon Hotel entrance. You will see a big sign to Dunchideock Barton, turn right here and follow road to the Church, our studio is in the court yard to the right of the Church, number 8. There will be parking outside.