The International Career Institute, the International Association of Professions Career College and the Penn Foster Career School are American schools that offer online floristry courses. Some schools based outside the United States, such as the Australia-based Floral Art School of Australia & International Floral Design School and the UK-based Paula Pryke Flower School, offered by My Garden School Ltd., welcome online American students.
Online floristry schools offer students various certificates or diplomas upon graduation, depending on the length of study. Most common is a certificate of basic studies and general knowledge of floristry that allows a graduate to pursue an entry-level position working with flowers. Basic floristry courses cover topics such as handling flowers, using tools and materials, flower arranging and caring for flowers and plants.
A diploma is awarded after intermediate study of technical and professional functions. Intermediate students learn about role of the florist, the operations of a flower shop and career opportunities for floral arrangers.
Advanced diplomas connote study of a wide range of principles, techniques and functions of being a florist and equip the student for a professional role in the floral industry. Students interested in managing or owning a floral shop pursue advanced studies that teach business practices, such as financing and marketing a small business, working with suppliers, providing customer service and managing employees.