Commissioners Information Bulletin 510

Floristry - Traineeship

Wholesale Retail and Personal Services

Date of effect: 7 October 2011


The traineeship vocation of Floristry has been varied to update its qualifications to those from SFL10 Floristry Training Package.

Click here for the Floristry Vocational Training Order.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

SFL10 Floristry Training Package includes four qualifications ranging from Certificate II to Diploma. Three qualifications support traineeship pathways. Their details are below:

Job descriptions

Certificate II level trainees may assist in a diverse range of floristry enterprises including traditional retail shops and studios and floristry businesses who sell via the internet or phone.

Trainees will learn to:

  • assemble floristry products
  • source information on floristry products and services
  • receive and store floristry stock
  • work safely and effectively in a retail environment
  • recognise flower and plant materials
  • prepare and care for floristry stock
  • work effectively in a retail environment.

Certificate III level trainees will broaden their entry level skills to become florists in retail, studios and in-house outlets. They will gain an understanding of the diverse range of business models that characterise the floristry industry.

Trainees will learn to:

  • design floristry products
  • maintain floristry tools and equipment 
  • construct a variety of floristry products
  • prepare quotations for floristry products
  • recognise flower and plant materials
  • receive and store floristry stock
  • prepare and care for floristry stock
  • apply safe work practices.

Certificate IV level trainees will have significant vocational experience in floristry. They may work as senior florists with supervisory and managerial responsibilities or who own and operate small retail floristry business.

Trainees will learn to:

  • design complex floristry products 
  • construct complex floristry products
  • coordinate floristry products for a special occasion 
  • maintain and order stock
  • provide a safe working environment.

Industrial arrangements

Applications under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 to establish traineeships, whether full-time, part-time or school based will not be approved unless the Commissioner for Vocational Training is satisfied that appropriate industrial arrangements are in place.

Service Skills Australia has advised that trainees may be employed under the following awards:

A new national industrial relations system

All New South Wales private sector employers and employees are now covered by the Fair Work national workplace relations system.

Further information on the Fair Work system is available from the Fair Work Ombudsman by telephoning 13 13 94 or via their website.

School based traineeships

For qualifications available for delivery in schools, click here.

For information about the delivery of training for school based part-time traineeships, refer to Training Arrangements.

Learning resources and assessment materials

Resources to support the delivery of training are available as follows:

  • Service Skills Australia has support materials for equivalent qualifications in the previous WR04 Floristry Training Package.
  • Pearsons School of Floristry have developed their own textbooks to support training package requirements.
  • TAFE NSW and other registered training organisations have developed contextualised support materials.
  • Retail material available addressing industry skills and techniques such as:
    • Practical Floristry [Paperback]; S Hackman (Author)
    • Complete Guide To Flower Arranging (DK Living) [Paperback]; Jane Packer (Author)
    • Floristry Basics: Materials [Hardcover]; Van Rita Gansbeke (Author), De Patricia Corte (Author)
    • The Art of Floral Design [Hardcover]; Norah T. Hunter (Author)

Registered training organisations

For registered training providers which can deliver the qualifications go to

A list of registered training organisations which are in contract with the NSW Department of Education and Communities to be paid for the delivery of the apprenticeship and traineeship and training is here.

Changes to funding arrangements

On 1 January 2011 the NSW Department of Education and Communities introduced changes to funding arrangements under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Training Program. The new arrangements restrict the funding of Certificate II level training to people aged 15-24 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities. They also give registered training organisations greater responsibility and involvement in the carriage of the Training Plan.

Transition arrangements

Transition arrangements allow the delivery of old and new qualifications for six months after the date of effect of the new Vocational Training Orders. See here.

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

A copy of the Vocational Training Order is available for inspection on this internet site below or at any State Training Services Regional Office of the NSW Department of Education and Communities.


For any enquiries regarding this Commissioners Information Bulletin, please contact the Vocational Training Tribunal Unit on telephone (02) 9266 8579.

Approved by Phillip Moore
Commissioner for Vocational Training.

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Floristry - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 7 October 2011
Courses of study
Terms of training

Full time:

  • SFL20110 Certificate II in Floristry (Assistant)
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SFL30110 Certificate III in Floristry by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SFL30110 Certificate III in Floristry where the trainee holds SFL20110 Certificate II in Floristry (Assistant)
    • 30 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SFL40110 Certificate IV in Floristry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved.


See nominal terms and hours for part-time traineeships

School based

SFL20110 Certificate II in Floristry (Assistant)

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

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