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A florist may work in one of several sectors, in a shop, within an event company or for a variety of retail organisations. A successful florist understands the principles of design, aesthetics, composition and colour to capture the mood of the customer. Florists must also be able to source, purchase and store floral materials which by their nature are fragile and short-lived. A florist is aware of which flowers are available in which seasons of the year and which flowers work well in combination with each other and offer advice and translate a client’s vision into displays that are beautiful and captivating.

Please note registration is now closed for 2020


Competitors will be expected to be able to interpret a brief and design floral displays interpreting a theme, using dominance, contrasts and combinations of colour effectively to create harmony in design. They will also be able to apply the principles and elements of floral design and ensure dominance of botanical materials feature in the designs.

Competitors will need to understand how to condition these floral materials and plants, taking into account irritant or poisonous materials, the variety of stem types and show appropriate cutting, watering and feeding methods. They will need to work in a way that minimises damage to the environment and maintain health and safety codes of practice.

The competitor will need to organise and be responsible for prioritising their own workload, using good time management to meet deadlines.

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation
  • Whilst there is no stipulation about the level of floristry required to enter, competitors MUST be familiar with the core competencies (these can be found in the 'Useful Information' section below) and MUST NOT have more than 5 years industry experience.
  • Competitors must have a high standard of basic techniques such as wiring, taping and construction methods together with an understanding of how to apply these professional standards in practical work.

Contact details

Sandie Griffiths:

In addition to liaising with the Competition Organising Partner if you need to contact WorldSkills UK please do email -

Useful information

Competition organising partner

Competition organising partner

The British Florist Association is the competition organising partner for the floristry competition.

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