We hope this website sparks your interest to study Floristry in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs. We would like to share our passion for creativity and design with you. Start your Floristry career today by calling the College and making an appointment with our qualified teachers.
Government Funding and VET FEE-HELP Available.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. (Floristry Courses Melbourne)
Why Study Floristry with us?
Marjorie Milner College prides itself on the focus given to industry skills and making students job ready. MMC endeavours to satisfy industry employers by having a strong emphasis on employability skills. This means you will gain technical skills, industry knowledge and confidence to commence and continue working within the floristry industry. Potential students are encouraged to have a connection to the floral industry to undertake these studies. This could either be working in the industry or volunteering.
We are a small college which ensures that you get the very best education, knowledge and industry skills. The college writes all of its own student resources as we are experts within the Floristry industry.
Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Evening classes are also offered on a Monday. Evening classes are held from 6.00pm to 10.00pm. Day classes are held from 9.00am to 4.30pm. The College follows school terms, breaking for school holidays.
Flowers are supplied for classes and remain at the College at the completion of class. Students may be required to bring in special flowers for competitions or special events.
Students are required to supply their own wire, parafilm, cutters, hand towel and notebook. A list will be supplied to all applicants upon enrolment.
What to expect from your Floristry Course:
Skills to make you work ready
In the classroom, the focus is on developing your practical floristry skills. Your teachers will provide step-by-step guidance to help you learn professional floristry techniques to create commercial designs. All the floristry notes map to the SFL10 Floristry Training Package and are written in-house by the professional floristry teachers. We have worked closely with the floristry industry to produce user-friendly guides.
Knowledge and confidence
Marjorie Milner College is Australia’s longest operating Floristry College with a wealth of experience dating back over 65 years. Nicole Gibson, head teacher of floristry, was awarded ACPET “Teacher of the Year” in 2012. Flower identification and flower care are part of every class to ensure your confidence in identifying flowers grows.
Learn from the Expert
Gregory Milner, the author of “Fresh Cut Flowers”, as a teacher at Marjorie Milner College will assist your learning. “Fresh Cut Flowers” is the ultimate handbook for florists, floral artists and anyone who loves cut flowers. It is also an informative resource for florists-in-training, brides who are planning their wedding flowers, and business owners who would like their offices decorated with floral arrangements.
The “Fresh Cut Flowers” book is a complete A-Z directory of all cut flowers that last five or more days. This directory contains comprehensive advice about care and handling, general usage, and wedding or corporate use for each type of flower. This book is used widely by the floral industry both in Australia and overseas. Gregory Milner, the principal of MMC has written several floristry books. He has also developed a range of DVD’s to assist the students at the College and the floral industry.
Topics such as cut flower life span, colour availability, growing conditions, and history are also covered. This book is available in College library or it can be purchased for $60.
College Based Student:
All floristry courses at Marjorie Milner College have the option of being studied as a college based student. This means you can attend the College one or two days per week which allows the flexibility for a part-time job. Marjorie Milner College strongly encourages those attending as a College Based Student to gain floristry experience on the days not attending the College to continue practising what is learnt in class.
SFL30110 Certificate III in Floristry is offered as apprenticeship training through employment. If studying one day per week, this course will be completed in two and a half to three years. Students may choose to attend two days per week, reducing the time to complete the course to a year and a half. Day and evening classes are available for this course. The day classes are from 9am to 4.30pm, and the evening class is between 6pm and 10pm on a Monday.
If you want to get involved with the floristry industry when you are still at High School, a School-Based Apprenticeship is the way.
A previous school-based apprentice, Tamika, went on to represent Australia in floristry during the London World Skills event in 2011. Tamika was awarded 13th in the world for her floristry skills.
Phone or email the College for further details about becoming a School-Based Apprentice.
Floristry Course Fees:
These fees may be subject to change in subsequent calendar years. The tuition fees you pay will depend on your eligibility for government subsidised training. Note that each course has a relevant yearly education amenities fee which must be paid each year that a student is on course.
Fees are due upon commencement. The fees that are outlined below are the total cost for the relevant qualification. Students may not have to pay the full amount upfront depending on the duration of the course.
Students with relevant Credit Transfers from previous studies may be eligible to receive a discount on fees. Click here to visit the Floristry Fees page.
Location & Journey Planner by Victorian Public Transport:
All Floristry courses are delivered at the Surrey Hills Campus situated next to Chatham Railway Station on the Belgrave/Lilydale Line. We encourage students to take public transport to and from the College as we are almost next door to Chatham Station. To work out your journey from your closest public transport please click on this link to “Journey Planner” Public Transport Victoria web page. Under the Step 1 area please put Chatham Ralway Station as your destination.
Dear Greg and Vicky, Thank-you for your support.
Dearest Marjorie Milner College, The warmest thank you from an admiring past student for your generosity and support. Without you I would not have experienced an unforgettable adventure overseas. Please know that I am forever grateful.
(Larisa, 2009 Floristry Apprentice of the Year)
Dear Greg and Vicky, I would just like to say thankyou again for all you have done for myself and the school to ensure the best possible training in floristry. I have had training that is second to none, and has given me the perfect grounding to build my career from.
(Sally, Finalists from the 2010 Floristry Apprentice of the Year award)
To all the staff at Marjorie Milner College, I would just like to say a huge thankyou to you all, for all the help you gave me.
Dear Greg and Vicky, Thankyou for all your help over the last two years, I’m very appreciative of all you’ve done to help me become a florist.
Dear Greg, Vicky and James, Thank you very much for all your help and kindness allowing me to study Certificate IV in Floristry. I really appreciate the efforts you have put into teaching me and helping me succeed.
(Sarah, Intermediate & Advanced Competitions Winner Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.)
Dear Greg and Nicole, Thank you for all your support and guidance.
Email the College
If you would like further information about our floristry courses,
or would like to enrol, please email the College below.