Introducing: Penn Foster’s Floral Design Career Diploma Program

While PCDI is no longer accepting enrollments in our Floral Design Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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If you're interested in becoming a floral designer, Penn Foster’s online Floral Design Career Diploma Program can help you prepare for this career.


Grow Your Love of Flowers into a Career

Penn Foster’s Floral Design Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the next steps toward the job you want as a florist or floral designer. Learn the skills you need to jump into this field or launch and grow your business through flexible online courses you can do on your schedule.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you obtain skills and achieve their career goals for more than 130 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits their busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. Every course is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career prep for the job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a guide towards your career goals.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Floral Design Career Diploma Program

  • How floral design ideas from the past influence modern floral design.
  • How to identify the four design categories used by florists to classify flowers and foliage, identify other plants by name, shape, color, smell, and discuss traditional use in arrangements.
  • How to understand the principles of design including composition, scale, proportion, balance, unity, pattern, harmony, contrast, accent, rhythm, movement, and focal emphasis to create visually pleasing floral arrangements.
  • How to successfully create arrangements for a variety of events including weddings, funerals, holidays, and more.
  • How to properly care for plants and flowers and how to maintain the integrity of artificial floral arrangements.

Penn Foster’s Floral Design Curriculum

In your online floral design classes, you’ll develop the skills and know-how for creating beautiful floral and greenery arrangements for clients. Your courses include:

  • Design Tools and Basics
  • Design Styles
  • Plants and Artificial Flowers
  • Weddings and Solemn Occasions
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Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

At Penn Foster, we think online learning can make a big difference in people's lives, and it should be available to everyone. That's why we've made our programs affordable and tailored to fit your needs. You can learn and improve your skills for the job you want, all at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Floral Design FAQs

What is the average salary of a floral designer? 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a floral designer was $33,160 in 2021.* Average salary can vary based on your education, experience, credentials, where you work, and even the state in which you live.

What is the career outlook for floral design? 

Floral designers can often find steady work during seasons or holidays such as wedding season, Christmas, and Easter. Employment for floral designers in grocery store floral departments can be expected to increase as more customers appreciate the convenience of picking arrangements out on the go while florist shops could see a decline in customers over the next decade due to online ordering.

What makes a good floral designer? 

A good floral designer can blend creativity, adaptability, and customer service skills to assist clients in creating the perfect arrangement for any event or celebration. Additionally, a successful floral designer will have in-depth knowledge of plants, from foliage to flowers, how to care for them properly, and know when certain flowers are in season and how that can affect pricing for arrangements.

Can you be a self-taught florist? 

While it is certainly possible to become a self-taught florist, earning a diploma or certificate in floral design with online learning can help you qualify for more job opportunities. If you want to start a career working for an event planner, hotel design staff, or in a grocery store floral department, having documented training on your resume can help you stand out from other applicants.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Floral Designers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed October 4, 2023.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

What is Penn Foster?

PCDI is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, PCDI’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online, career-focused training programs for over 130 years. Like PCDI, Penn Foster’s programs are affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to build skills and prepare for the job you want on your terms.