Basic Floral Design Online

I was recently reminded of the importance of Basic Floral Design Training in a very sweet note that I received from a graduate of several years ago who today owns a beautiful and successful flower shop. This graduate had recently attended an advanced seminar featuring several master floral designers. Her note began "Thank you so much for the valuable training that I received in your Basic Floral Design Program. I could not believe how well your program prepared me for this seminar. The master designers were wonderful and I learned so much, but without your basic training, the seminar would have been an experience in frustration and I would have learned very little".

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This is why the Floral Design Institute Basic Floral Design Online Program is acclaimed as the most complete and comprehensive online floral design training program in the world. Our program will provide all of the training necessary for a professional floral design career position, or to allow you to launch your own floral business. The program is an approved pathway for the achievement of your Certified Floral Designer status.

Floral Design Institute is a licensed by the department of education, recognized as an AIFD Educational Partner, and an approved educational pathway to AIFD certification and accreditation. All of our instructors are Certified Floral Designers and five have been awarded Accreditation by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).

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The training is broken down into 31 separate Instruction Segments. Each segment may include a combination of reading, videos, quizzes, design submissions and essay submissions. This is a hands-on program and you will be completing assigned floral designs which you will photograph and submit to your instructors for evaluation, critique, and suggestions for improvement. The instructors may also suggest additional training exercises to help you improve you skills.

As you progress through your lessons, you will learn new skills and develop the proficiency necessary to apply these skills. You will be amazed at how quickly you will master the skills of floral design. Our proven teaching methods will have you ready to step into a job upon completion of the program. You will learn and understand the elements, principles, forms, styles and techniques of floral design. You will learn how to make all of the most popular floral arrangements, and how to price these arrangements. You will learn how to design wedding flowers, party flowers, sympathy flowers, holiday designs, and flowers for special occasions. You will learn all about the most common flower varieties, the latest techniques for the care and handling of flowers, where and how to buy wholesale flowers, and so, so much more.

After you have successfully passed your final exams we will immediately send you your Floral Design Institute Graduation Certificate of Achievement. You will now possess not only a Graduation Certificate from one of the most respected Floral Design Schools in the world, you will also own a complete photographic portfolio of your own floral design work plus, the knowledge, the training, the skills, and the practical experience that will allow you start a career as a floral designer.

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Comments (89)

  1. Smith Barbara J:

    Nov 29, 2018 at 07:59 AM

    Please mail me information about this floral arrangement certificate program.

  2. david:

    Nov 29, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Hi Barbara, I will need your mailing address to do this..... I suggest that you fill out our "Free Brochure" form. Link follows; https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/free-brochure.html

  3. Marta:

    Dec 19, 2018 at 08:46 PM

    I need information for floral class

  4. david:

    Dec 20, 2018 at 08:15 AM

    Hi Marta, I will need your mailing address to do this..... I suggest that you fill out our "Free Brochure" form. Link follows; https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/free-brochure.html

  5. Mafalda Negron:

    Dec 26, 2018 at 08:25 AM

    I need to you mailing this information

  6. david:

    Dec 26, 2018 at 09:09 AM

    Hi Mafalda, I will need your mailing address to do this..... I suggest that you fill out our "Free Brochure" form. Link follows; https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/free-brochure.html

  7. Elena:

    Feb 23, 2019 at 09:14 AM

    I need information for certified class

  8. Geni:

    Feb 25, 2019 at 08:58 AM

    I need information for floral class

  9. david:

    Feb 25, 2019 at 09:29 AM

    Elena and Geni, The information can be found at this link: https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/new-basic-floral-design-online.html

  10. Pureza:

    Mar 05, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Did you have schools in Dallas

  11. david:

    Mar 06, 2019 at 08:54 AM

    Hi Pureza, Our only classroom is in Portland, Oregon. Our Online Certification Programs are International. David

  12. Simin Zhai:

    Mar 10, 2019 at 07:01 PM


    I would like to obtain the certificate of Certified Floral Designer (CFD), could you help me with that? If so , what is the procedure? I can only do distance learning because I am in US right now.

    Thank you!

  13. david:

    Mar 11, 2019 at 09:32 AM

    Hello Simin, Yes we can help you obtain your “CFD” certification. You would have to complete our Online Basic Floral Design Program and our Online Advanced Floral Design Program. Upon graduation you would be awarded our Certified Floral Designer (FDI) Certification. We would then submit your name to the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) as qualified to test for the AIFD “CFD” Certification. This is an online, open-book test. Upon successful completion of this test (our graduates have a 100% pass rate history} you would be awarded the AIFD CFD Certification. David

  14. Simin:

    Mar 11, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Hi David!

    Thank you for your info and kind reply. I would love the attend both of the online courses. By the way, is there any discount for university students? Currently I am a student in Boston University.


  15. david:

    Mar 11, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Simin, Delighted that you are planning to join us for these programs. Sorry, but as a licensed vocational school we are not allowed to offer any discounts for certification programs. See you in school...... David

  16. gabby:

    Mar 25, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Good morning,
    I would like additional information on this program!

  17. david:

    Mar 25, 2019 at 02:34 PM

    Hi Gabby,
    Complete information can be found at this link....



  18. Micki Miguel:

    Apr 02, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    I am from the Philippines. Can I enroll on this BASIC FLORAL DESIGN Online course?
    I would also want to know what if the flowers required for the assignments and exams not available in my country?

    Best regards,

  19. david:

    Apr 02, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Hi Micki, Yes, you can enroll in the Basic Floral Design Online Certification Program. We have many international students and graduates. Flowers do differ by region, but there always acceptable substitutions. Our instructors are experts at assisting students with flower selections and are always available to help you.

  20. Bernadete Graham:

    Apr 03, 2019 at 07:59 AM

    How much and how long to get this certificate

  21. david:

    Apr 03, 2019 at 09:32 AM

    Hi Bernadete,
    The cost of this certificate program is $1,750 US. The program is self-paced. The average time for program completion is 4 months. Students have complete the program in as little of 5 weeks.

  22. Ruby:

    Apr 07, 2019 at 08:21 AM

    is the fee of $1,750. included for both the Basic and Advance Design or is that another fee?

  23. david:

    Apr 11, 2019 at 08:23 AM

    Hi Ruby,
    The cost of the Online Basic Floral Design Program is $1,750.
    The cost of the Online Advanced Floral Design Program is $650.

  24. Kaprina Stewart:

    May 01, 2019 at 02:43 PM

    I am wondering do you receive federal financial aid to help potential students like myself so we can join your school? If so how would you handle that?
    Kaprina Stewart

  25. david:

    May 12, 2019 at 07:33 AM

    Hi Kaprina, We are a state licensed vocational school. We qualify for state funding and private scholarships. You can check with your local employment department or Work Source. We do not qualify for federal funding. David

  26. Purple:

    May 12, 2019 at 02:07 PM

    I would like to know if your basic floral online class will include the newest trend of floral arrangement like creating floral arches, table garland, flower crowns. What is required to get the CFD and how long will it take and is the online class have a deadline to complete the course.

  27. david:

    May 24, 2019 at 07:19 PM

    Hi Purple!
    We just updated our online and in-person courses. The garland and crowns are included in the Basic Floral Design course. Statement pieces and structures - think arbors, arches, chandeliers, and floating centerpieces are in the September Creative Retreat.

    The CFD requires successful completion of Basic and Advanced Floral Design to receive your FDI Certified Floral Designer status and then, an online test with the American Institute of Floral Designers to receive your CFD through them.

    The online course has 1 year for completion with full teacher support. You have lifetime access to the materials after that.

  28. Lizette castro:

    Jun 05, 2019 at 05:55 PM

    Me gustaría saber si tienen clases en español

  29. david:

    Jun 06, 2019 at 08:21 AM

    All classes are taught in English....

  30. Deborah:

    Jun 07, 2019 at 02:46 PM

    Is there an examination that you would need to take to be certified

  31. david:

    Jun 10, 2019 at 08:44 AM

    Yes, there is an examination.....

  32. Tina:

    Jun 15, 2019 at 09:17 PM

    Would like information mailed or email to me.

  33. david:

    Jun 16, 2019 at 02:09 PM

    Tina, A digital brochure is being sent to you. You may find additional information on our website at: https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/new-basic-floral-design-online.html

  34. Leah:

    Aug 06, 2019 at 03:07 PM

    I am leaving Corpus Christi Texas
    How can I get certification here
    If get online basics class from there

  35. david:

    Aug 07, 2019 at 08:12 AM

    Hi Leah,

    Certification through Floral Design Institute is recognized worldwide.

  36. Stephanie:

    Sep 12, 2019 at 07:30 AM

    I would love to take your certification classes, in person would have been ideal, but Minnesota isn't exactly that close. With your online certification course do you offer payment plans or just one lump sum?

    Thank you,

  37. david:

    Sep 19, 2019 at 03:00 PM

  38. Mary bertolotti:

    Oct 17, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Is there any to receive a small preview of a class before I commit to the 1750 fee

  39. Cisca Peszynski:

    Oct 22, 2019 at 07:38 PM

    Hello, can we take the advanced class only? I already worked in the flower store and I have a flower business and have clients for weddings, dinner parties, etc. I may need some more advanced techniques and new trends to add to my expertise. Thank you.

  40. david:

    Oct 23, 2019 at 07:37 AM

    Cisca, Yes, given your experience you may take the Advanced Floral Design Program.

  41. david:

    Oct 23, 2019 at 08:16 AM

    Mary. Oh, yes! We have a Facebook LIVE that demonstrates the use of the online student portfolio. You can watch it in replay and learn more about the program. Of course, you can also review our online videos. If you like them, you will love the professional course.
    Online Floral Studies lifestream / https://business.facebook.com/FloralDesignInstitute/videos/691737317980158/

  42. Lily Sastra:

    Nov 03, 2019 at 01:48 PM

    I don't live in USA, but in Asia, Indonesia.
    Is it possible for me to joint online class?
    As our material can not be the same, even in the quality.
    Is there any objections if I use different flora material, that
    for sure the arrangement will be a bit different.

  43. david:

    Nov 04, 2019 at 07:19 AM

    Hi Lily, Yes, you may join us for online training. Flowers, foliages and design materials do vary around the world. However, our instructors are very experienced at helping our international students find appropriate substitutions for design projects. We look forward to having you join us.

  44. Mary Ann Eisinger:

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    I am still evaluating the program in order to justify my tiny budget. I have always loved the world of beautiful flowers. I am impressed with your videos.

  45. david:

    Dec 13, 2019 at 09:11 AM

    Hi Mary Ann, Thank you for your kind words. When you are ready to join us, we will be here for you.

  46. Lisa Heydet:

    Dec 19, 2019 at 07:37 PM

    When is your next flower certification? I didn’t see any dates?

  47. david:

    Dec 20, 2019 at 03:07 PM

    Hi Lisa, All class dates are on our website. Follow this link to our Basic Floral Design Career Certification Program. https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/basic-floral-design.html Our next class begins on January 13, 2020. David

  48. Linda G Russo:

    Jan 12, 2020 at 07:21 AM

    $1,750 plus supplies for floral arrangments?

  49. david:

    Jan 13, 2020 at 09:50 AM

    Hi Linda, The cost is $1,950 plus the cost of supplies and flowers for the design projects.

  50. Elizabeth C Daney:

    Apr 21, 2020 at 09:50 AM

    If I were to complete the basic virtual program, how much would I be spending on my own supplies/flowers to complete the program successfully? Also, do I need to complete the basic and the advanced to become certified or is only basic required? Thank you.

  51. david:

    Apr 21, 2020 at 02:39 PM

    Hi Elizabeth, Excellent questions! While we encourage students to explore and practice all design projects presented in this program, there are only 11 projects required for submission and evaluation. Each of these projects will cost between $25 and $75, with an average cost of $35 per project. These costs can vary depending on where you are located. We will offer guidance on where you can obtain flowers and supplies for the best prices, you can even use flowers and foliages from your garden. Our project lessons are organized so that you can reuse fresh flowers for the greatest economy.

    To become a Floral Design Institute Certified Floral Designer you must complete both the Basic and Advanced programs. Feel free to call or write is you have additional questions. We are here to help you, David

  52. bri:

    May 05, 2020 at 07:56 PM

    hi there! I'm looking at doing this course or one similar, I am still browsing around but I was curious when the next classes begin


  53. david:

    May 06, 2020 at 08:15 AM

    Hello Bri, I'm delighted that you found us. You may start our online classes at any time. You can complete you studies at your own pace and our classes are fully teacher supported. Feel free to contact us if you need more information. David

  54. Jillian Munday:

    May 12, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Hi, guys, I'm really interested in this course and wondered if you could give me a little more information about how much detail you cover regarding the pros and cons of refrigerating flowers, the optimum humidity, the risks of the flowers going into shock if they are moved from a cool room to warm hospital environment, etc. I haven't been getting much longevity out of my home arrangements and realise I have a big knowledge gap in this area.

    Thank you so much for your time,
    Jillian (Australia)

  55. david:

    May 15, 2020 at 08:15 AM

    Hello Jillian,
    Yes, our Basic Floral Design Online Course does cover all of the basics of flower care and handling including post-harvest treatments, refrigeration, storage and humidity. David


    May 18, 2020 at 01:27 PM

    Please mail me information about this floral arrangement certificate program.y si lo dan en espanol.en la florida

  57. david:

    May 19, 2020 at 04:01 PM

    Hi Hector,

    We would love to send you information. Please fill out the attached form: https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/free-brochure.html

  58. Rachel:

    Jun 17, 2020 at 12:18 PM

    I am really interested but I was wondering about the cost of supplies. How much approximately will be needed for the cost of supplies for the basic design Class?
    Also when you say classes are on your own pace, does it mean finish the classes whenever i can, making my own schedule.


    Jul 13, 2020 at 09:08 AM

    I am a woman aged 48 years. I currently own a flower nursery. I grow plants from cuttings and seed both perennial and annual flowers. I am very much interested in cut flowers (fresh flowers) arrangements. I get a lot of customers asking for fresh flowers and I have out sourced this service, however, I have realized that I am loosing a lot of money unless I train as a florist. I live in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in Africa. Can I enroll with your Institute for basic floral design.

  60. david:

    Jul 15, 2020 at 08:29 AM

    Oh, yes! We welcome students from all over the world. You, as a flower grower, would be right on-trend with adding design to your client offerings. The new, updated course is 100% digital which makes it easy to study from home. It is also fully teacher supported to help you get the fullest benefit from your studies. The business of floral is included in the course. This truly will help you reach profitability with your business.

  61. david:

    Jul 15, 2020 at 08:32 AM

    Hi Rachel,

    Materials vary greatly depending on your location. The course is set up so you can adjust to seasonal and local flowers to save money. We also encourage repurposing your flowers for maximum benefit. A guesstimate for budgeting would be $25-$50 per project. Many students are also foraging materials from gardens, public spaces, and grocery stores.

  62. Judi:

    Jul 16, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    Approx. how long does it take a student on average to complete the basic course?

  63. david:

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Hi Judi, Most students complete the course in 3-4 months. It is self paced and truly depends upon the time you can devote to studies. It can be done faster. It is the same curriculum as our 3-week classroom program. It can also be done slower as we all know, life is complicated these days. We give you one full year of teacher support to complete your program. Of course, you have lifetime access to the lessons.


    Jul 20, 2020 at 06:52 AM

    Hi Lean

    Thank you very much for the reply. I am very much interested in starting basic floral design. Could you please advise what i need to do so that I can start planning.

    Kind regards


  65. david:

    Jul 20, 2020 at 03:14 PM

    You can register online and get started now.

  66. Mariela Mazzei:

    Jul 20, 2020 at 05:11 PM

    Good afternoon,

    I will like to know when are the in person classes available again (if there is a date or possible date) and what is the duration of this Basic Floral Design Program...the reason I ask is because I really prefer an in person teaching, during these time I have been doing some online workshops with some of my favorite Floral designers and I find the ordering and delivering a little stressful and nothing compares to in face -to -face classes. Also what is the duration of the whole program: basic, intermediate, advance, etc ( the whole program) and price ? because I live in Miami, Florida and if I decide to go there I will like to finish all levels and get the certifications.



  67. david:

    Jul 21, 2020 at 05:03 PM

    Hello Mariela,
    We plan to resume in person classes in September. The first session is sold out. We do have space in the October session. To complete your studies and obtain your Certified Floral Designer designation you would need to be in Portland Oregon four weeks. The Basic course begins on October 19 and graduates on November 6th. You would continue on with the advanced course beginning November 9 and graduate as a Certified Floral Designer on November 13. You can begin your registration and join us with this link: https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/basic-floral-design.html

  68. Mary Marder:

    Aug 23, 2020 at 09:02 AM

    Hello FDI! I have been following you for several years through e-mail and have truly enjoy Leann's floral demonstrations and instructional techniques! I became a certified floral designer 12 years ago and I have owned my own Wedding Floral business, Freesia Floral Design, since that time. Would I be able to enroll in your on-line Advanced Course since I'm already certified in the basics of floral design? This seems to be an ideal time to "sharpen" my hands-on floral design techniques since the wedding industry is STILL in such a flux due to COVID and my workshop was recently moved to my home. Thank you!

  69. david:

    Aug 23, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    Hello Mary, Yes! With your experience, you are welcome to join us for your Advanced studies.
    We look forward to welcoming you to Flower School!

  70. Chere Tournet:

    Jan 21, 2021 at 10:09 AM

    Hello. If we enroll for the online course, do we need be online at specific times and dates? And, how many weeks does your 31-segment (beginner) course entail? Thank you. Am hoping to enroll but need figure out commitment aspects.

  71. Jeanne Mintrone:

    Feb 07, 2021 at 07:04 AM

    Do you know if financial aid is available for the class? Thank you!

  72. juliet:

    Mar 09, 2021 at 02:56 PM

    Hello, regarding the online program tuition, is there an installment plan or everything needs to be pay at once to start attending class?

  73. david:

    Mar 09, 2021 at 03:18 PM

    Hello Juliet,
    Yes, there is a flexible payment plan option for your online studies. Here are all the details for enrollment: https://bit.ly/3thPd6z

  74. david:

    Mar 09, 2021 at 03:18 PM

    Hello Juliet,
    Yes, there is a flexible payment plan option for your online studies. Here are all the details for enrollment: https://bit.ly/3thPd6z

  75. david:

    Mar 09, 2021 at 03:18 PM

    Hello Juliet,
    Yes, there is a flexible payment plan option for your online studies. Here are all the details for enrollment: https://bit.ly/3thPd6z

  76. IRIS:

    Jun 03, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Hello ! If I was to enroll for the Basic floral design online program when would class begin? Does everybody have a different start time or does the online program have a specific start date?

  77. david:

    Jun 04, 2021 at 01:17 PM

    Hello Iris,
    You may begin at anytime. All of our courses are independent and self paced. We look forward to welcoming you to Flower School!

  78. david:

    Jun 04, 2021 at 01:17 PM

    Hello Iris,
    You may begin at anytime. All of our courses are independent and self paced. We look forward to welcoming you to Flower School!

  79. david:

    Jun 04, 2021 at 01:17 PM

    Hello Iris,
    You may begin at anytime. All of our courses are independent and self paced. We look forward to welcoming you to Flower School!

  80. Lynda Spain:

    Jun 19, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Hello David and Leanne. I am considering taking the online course that you advertise. I am mostly concerned that I will not be able to deal with technicalities of sending photo as evidence, and such like. I'm 70 so no spring chicken when it comes to being tech-savvy. I own a Mac and don't do windows, or teams or such like. I can do Zoom. I'm wondering about whether it would be practicable to be able to do the course, manage the projects and get them to you for evidence. I'm sure otherwise, I would really enjoy it. What are your thoughts on this please?

  81. david:

    Jun 20, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Hello Lynda, Yes, you can do this. It will be challenging but not impossible. We have a team of teachers to help you with the technology issues. To get an idea of how it works, watch this Flower School Livestream. I look forward to welcoming you to Flower School!

  82. Brittany C:

    Jul 10, 2021 at 04:46 PM

    Hi I am an ag teacher looking to teach floral one, introductory, and floral two more advanced. Will the beginners course and the advance course help me instruct the class better?

  83. david:

    Jul 15, 2021 at 08:19 AM

    Hello Brittany, YES! We have many ag teachers in our graduate list. Leanne, the director and teacher started her career through high school ag. The basic and advanced programs are perfect for you.

  84. Eugenia:

    Apr 13, 2022 at 02:20 PM

    Hi! I am interested in this course (Basic floral Design- Online Course)
    What is the total cost for this course?
    When can I start?
    And.... How is the process to enroll?

  85. david:

    Apr 14, 2022 at 07:04 AM

    The total cost is $2250. You may begin with an $825 investment. To join us, enroll online or, call to enroll by phone.

  86. avi nathan:

    May 16, 2022 at 09:30 PM

    Hi, I am interested in this course. My understanding is that it is all online? Also, I need to purchase the flowers to create the designs?


  87. david:

    May 17, 2022 at 07:30 AM

    Hi Avi Nathan,
    I am so glad you plan to join us. Yes, the course is fully online and accessible from and internet connected device 24/7. As you complete your studies, you will purchase flowers and supplies. We provide tips for sourcing, choosing, and substitutions within the course.

  88. Sonia:

    Jun 22, 2022 at 02:46 AM

    Hello. For the online classes are the pre-recorded videos that we will be watching current videos from a current class or how old are the videos? Is there a payment plan to take both the Basic and Advance classes? The in-person classes Basic takes 3 weeks to complete and the Advance 1 week for a total of 4 weeks to complete both programs? Are there any books required to complete the classes? Do we ever join a live class for the online classes program? Is there any interactions with other online students, i.e online chat rooms or Facebook groups etc.?

  89. david:

    Jun 22, 2022 at 02:08 PM

    Hello Sonia,

    Great questions! Our online course was filmed 4 years ago. It is frequently updated to stay current with trends and styles. There are no additional books to purchase. The required reading is all provided digitally in your student dashboard.

    Yes, there is a payment plan for the professional Basic Floral Design online course. You may begin with an investment of $825. When you are ready for the second set of classes, you make another $825 payment. The last payment of $825 completes the Basic course. There is not a payment plan for the Advanced online course.

    We have two opportunities for students and graduates to interact. 1) The private Facebook group Tulip People is a wonderful place to post pics of your work and have others critique or to ask questions. 2) We have a weekly livestream on Facebook and YouTube. Many students and grads join us here and build friendships. The livestream is public. I invite you to join us there and reach out to students for a reference on the courses.

    Reach out if you have additional questions. We’ll look forward to welcoming you to Flower School soon.

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