ED-CC-101 Floral Design Entrepreneur

Creative Careers
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Floral Design
Start Your Own Business
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Our Floral Design Entrepreneur program is the perfect program for anyone interested in floral design and starting your own business. This program includes everything you need to start a successful Floral Design business.

Floral Design

Our Floral Design course prepares students for a career designing floral arrangements and running a successful florist business. The course balances theory with practice, covering the history of design, artistic elements, floral anatomy, and nomenclature, along with techniques, tools, and specialties. Students will be prepared for the real business world with discussions on distribution, marketing, advertising, and the other industry-specific issues needed for success in the field.

Prerequisite(s): None

Start Your Own Business

Have you ever eaten a Mrs. Fields cookie? Used an Apple computer? Listened to a hip-hop CD? Entrepreneurs brought these products to your world. People that start their own businesses and work for themselves are called entrepreneurs. For an entrepreneur the sky is the limit as far as earnings are concerned. An entrepreneur is someone who has recognized an opportunity to start a business that other people may not have noticed -- and jumps at it skillfully. Entrepreneurs can shape and create an opportunity where others see little or nothing -- or see it too early or too late.

This “Start Your Own Business” class will help you create the business you want. Throughout this course you will be working on your business plan and creating a quick comprehensive overview of the elements you want in your new business.

Prerequisite: None


** Course Subject to Change.

Floral Design

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify steps for harvesting and caring for flowers
  • Recall ways to design and compose flower arrangements for special occasions and life events
  • Recognize the tools and containers needed for floral arrangements
  • List the steps for cutting flowers properly and how to increase vase life
  • Identify the history of floral design throughout civilizations 

Start Your Own Business

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define entrepreneurship
  • List the steps for developing a business plan
  • Recall methods for forming a financing strategy
  • Recognize the fundamentals of commercial law
  • Differentiate between potential strategies for growing your business

Floral Design

Floral Design Module 1   
Harvesting and Care

  • Harvest Distribution
  • Flower Retailing
  • Product Presentation
  • Shop Layout
  • Careers
  • Continuing Education
  • Flower Nomenclature
  • Inflorescence Patterns
  • Postharvest Physiology
  • Metabolic Processes
  • Care and Handling
  • Refrigeration

Floral Design Module 2   
Design and Composition

  • Design and Style
  • Harmony and Unity
  • Color Schemes
  • Physiological Effects of Color
  • Balance
  • Proportion
  • Scale
  • Focal Point and Rhythm
  • Line and Form
  • Space and Depth
  • Texture
  • Fragrance

Floral Design Module 3    
Tools and Containers

  • Mechanics of Arrangement
  • Foundation
  • Wiring
  • Flower and Foliage Forms
  • Flower Shape Groups
  • Mixing Forms
  • Shapes of Floral Arrangements
  • Oriental Style
  • European Style
  • Geometric Design
  • Western Line Design
  • Knives and Clippers

Floral Design Module 4   
Special Occasions

  • Holidays
  • Expressing Sentiments
  • Seasonal Themes
  • Novelty Designs
  • Flowers to Wear
  • Corsages
  • Boutonnieres
  • Accessorizing Designs
  • Everlasting Design
  • Artificial Flowers and Foliage
  • Silk Flowers
  • Dried and Preserved Plant Material

Floral Design Module 5   
Oriental Style of Design

  • History of Floral Design
  • Flower Art in Ancient Civilizations
  • Egyptian Period
  • Greek Period
  • Sacred Lotus Flower
  • European Periods
  • Clean Lines of Nature
  • Simplicity
  • Symbolism
  • Careful Placement
  • Symbolic of Nature

Floral Design Module 6  
Weddings and Funeral Flowers

  • Contemporary Designs and Techniques
  • Classic-Mass Design
  • Traditional European Period Style
  • Mille Fleurs Design
  • Wedding Flowers
  • Floral Romance
  • Promotion and Advertising
  • Wedding Consultation
  • Sympathy Flowers
  • Trends and Regional Differences
  • Casket Sprays
  • Easel Sprays

Floral Design Module 7 
Flowers and Foliage

  • Cut Flowers
  • Plant Nomenclature
  • Hybrids
  • Cultivar
  • Pronunciation
  • Common Names
  • Techniques to Increase Vase Life
  • Conifer Greens
  • Grasses
  • Herbs
  • Bamboo
  • Leafy Stems

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Start Your Own Business

Start Your Own Business Module 1     
Entrepreneurial Pathways

  • Defining Entrepreneurship
  • What Entrepreneurs Do
  • Free Enterprise Economies
  • Finding & Evaluating Opportunity
  • Examining Profits
  • Creating Business from Opportunity
  • Creating a Feasibility Analysis
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Defining Your Business
  • Analyzing Your Competitive Advantage
  • Viability Testing
  • Valuing a Business

Start Your Own Business Module 2   
Integrated Marketing

  • Exploring Your Market
  • Marketing vs. Selling
  • Market Research
  • Market Segments
  • Positioning Your Product or Service
  • Developing Your Marketing Plan
  • Marketing Mix
  • Pricing Your Products
  • Breakeven Analysis
  • Smart Selling
  • Effective Customer Service
  • Principles of Selling
  • Successful Sales Calls
  • Customer Relationship Management

Start Your Own Business Module 3       
Cost Analysis

  • Understanding & Managing Costs
  • Identify Required Investment
  • Analyze Fixed Operating Costs
  • Calculate Gross Profit
  • Financial Record Keeping
  • Financial Statements
  • Income Statements
  • Examining a Balance Sheet
  • Financial Ratio Analysis
  • Calculating Return on Investment
  • Same-Size Analysis
  • Quick, Current & Debt Ratios

Start Your Own Business Module 4     
Financing Strategy

  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash vs. Profits
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Cash Budget
  • Taxes
  • Filing Tax Returns
  • Financing Preferences
  • Types of Business Financing
  • Debt vs. Equity Financing
  • Identifying Sources of Capital
  • Stocks & Bonds as Investments

Start Your Own Business Module 5    
Operating For Success

  • Addressing Legal Issues
  • Managing Risk
  • Business Legal Structures
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Protecting Tangible Assets
  • Operations in a Business
  • Production-Distribution Chain
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Managing Suppliers
  • Managing Inventory
  • Facilities Location & Design

Start Your Own Business Module 6
Growing Your Business

  • Management
  • 10 Basic Tasks Handled by Managers
  •  Leadership Styles
  • Organizational Cultures
  • Organizational Structure
  • Human Resources Management
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Incorporating Social Responsibility
  • Ethical Practices
  • Growing Your Business
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Cashing in Your Brand
  • Methods for Valuing a Business

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

All course materials included.

Floral Design

Upon successful completion this course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Floral Design Associate (CFDA).

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.