There are currently no national or statewide laws in place to regulate the field of floral design. This means that you will likely need a high school diploma or GED at minimum in order to find employment, but there will be exceptions to this rule, depending on the employer.
To create the foundation for a successful career, you may consider getting some post-secondary training under your belt to solidify your skills and build your expertise. You will be able to find certificate and degree programs, which can be completed online or in-person within one-to-two years, at local colleges and universities as well as regional and national organizations dedicated to training new and experienced floral designers.
Finding an internship is another step toward learning as much as you can, as quickly as you can. This hands-on, real-world experience will prepare you for a career within the industry, and could be the extra push you need to pursue your greatest dreams within the craft. Networking with experienced professionals by attending local and national events, along with leveraging social media to connect with colleagues, will help you find available opportunities to become an apprentice, intern or mentee.
If you would like an official title which will serve as a testament to the caliber of work you’re able to produce, you may decide to become a Certified Floral Designer (CFD). This nationally-recognized certification is completely voluntary and can be leveraged to build your brand as a freelancer or to land you higher paying jobs in a more traditional employment setting.