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.

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 skills you need to demonstrate

  • Creativity

  • Time management

  • Organisation skills

  • Design skills

  • Colour matching

  • Customer service skills

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of plant care

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.

How it works

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Prepare learners to take part in competition by developing their technical and mental skills so they can compete at their best – there are lots of tools and resources available to help you

Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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Register your interest

In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

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