Commissioner's Information Bulletin 510

Floristry - Traineeship

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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.

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Vocational Training Orders (VTOs)

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:

Transition arrangements

Under State Training Services' transition arrangements, a superseded qualification can be specified on apprenticeship and traineeship applications for up to six months after new or updated Vocational Training Orders come into effect.
Registered training organisations (RTOs) may commence training in either the new or superseded qualification but must meet the requirements of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to update the enrolment of their students to the current qualification before the qualification expiry date, generally 12 months after the current qualification has been added to the national register. For more information refer to the revised Standards for RTOs 2015 as specified by ASQA.

Industrial arrangements

Applications under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 to establish a traineeship, 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.

Trainees may be employed under the following awards:

All private sector employers and employees in New South Wales are covered by the national industrial relations system administered by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission). The industrial instrument that applies is a national (modern) award or a current enterprise agreement registered with the Commission. Further information is available from the Fair Work Ombudsman by telephoning 13 13 94 or via their website.

Competency based completion

On successful completion of the relevant qualification

  • parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship/traineeship prior to the nominal completion date of the training contract or;
  • State Training Services may issue letters from the Commissioner to both parties inviting them to consider competency based completion if it has received advice from the training organisation that the apprentice or trainee is eligible to receive their qualification.

For more information or an application click here.

School based traineeships

The following qualification is suitable for delivery in schools:

For traineeship 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 apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications go

A list of training organisations with contract with the NSW Department of Industry to be paid for the delivery of the training is here.

When developing training plans, registered training organisations should ensure that the training program satisfies the qualification packaging requirements and, at the same time, reflects the nature of the business. Training plans should be customised so that the workplace ativities support and align with the qualification units of competency.

Funding arrangements

From 1 January 2015 the NSW Government introduced new fee arrangements for government subsidised vocational education and training (VET). Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. For a full list of all the qualifications refer to the 2014/2015 NSW Skills List. Information on the types and levels of subsidies can be found in the "Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy". Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised.

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 Industry.


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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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.

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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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Page last updated: 15 July 2015