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THE FLORISTRY WORKFORCE SKILLS QUALIFICATIONS

THE FLORISTRY WORKFORCE SKILLS QUALIFICATIONS

THE FLORISTRY WORKFORCE SKILLS QUALIFICATIONS

CONTENT

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Introduction

1

What is Floristry WSQ?

2

What training programmes are available?

2

Is Floral NSRS still valid?

4

How can Floristry WSQ help you?

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How can I obtain the Floristry WSQ?

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WSQ Certificate in Floristry Operations

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WSQ Higher Certificate in Floristry Operations

9

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Floristry Supervision

10

WSQ Diploma in Floristry Management

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Funding for Floristry WSQ courses

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Where can I sign up?

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INTRODUCTION

Today, the Floristry industry in Singapore is made up of over 800 floral establishments and 3000 workers. It is forecasted to grow at an average rate of 5.5% annually to be worth about S$245 million in 2014. It is a great opportunity for Floristry industry players to take advantage of, especially with the emergence of the Integrated Resorts, new commercial buildings, private housing estates and development projects such as the Gardens by the Bay, which will propel the growth of the Landscape and Floristry industries. Correspondingly, the demand for skilled labour in these industries are expected to rise.

This vibrant industry injects colour into our daily lives in the form of surprises on special occasions, floral gifts, and decorations at home and the workplace. New possibilities have emerged to offer exciting career opportunities to individuals looking for immensely fulfilling careers in a creative and dynamic environment.

To cope with the intensified competition and growing demand for skilled Floristry workers, the Singapore Landscape Industry Council’s Floristry Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Subcommittee was formed in March 2007 to identify skills gaps, establish skill profiles and oversee the development of a systematic skills upgrading and certification system that will help professionalise the Floristry industry and enhance its career pathways in Singapore.

industry and enhance its career pathways in Singapore. “I aspire to be a professional florist eventually.

“I aspire to be a professional florist eventually. Proper training will help me build a strong foundation and sharpen my skills in floral arrangement. “

Fessie Tan

Florist

WHAT IS FLORISTRY WSQ?

The Floristry Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) is a national skills training system developed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Floristry industry. The Floristry WSQ maps out the skills needed for a Floristry-related occupation and the training required for entry into the Floristry industry. The system also provides useful career pathways and facilitates mobility and progression within the industry.

WHAT TRAINING PROGRAMMES ARE AVAILABLE?

There are 4 qualifications, each comprising of compulsory Core and optional Elective units, under the Floristry WSQ suitable for different levels of Floristry workers:

WSQ suitable for different levels of Floristry workers: “The delightful expression and compliments I receive from
WSQ suitable for different levels of Floristry workers: “The delightful expression and compliments I receive from

“The delightful expression and compliments I receive from clients are the greatest sense of achievement when projects are accomplished. Continuous upgrading is essential and I believe learning is a life-long investment to oneself.”

Madeleine Woo Huey Lan Project and Event Consultant

The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs
The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs

The Floristry WSQ identifies the relevant competencies needed for Floristry workers to perform their jobs effectively. It also provides pathways for advancement and career progression. For example, a Floristry support staff with a WSQ Certificate in Floristry Operations can look forward to being equipped with higher-level competencies and be prepared for supervisory duties upon completion of WSQ Advanced Certificate in Floristry Supervision.

A Statement of Attainment (SOA) will be issued with every individual unit completed. A WSQ Qualification, ie. WSQ Certificate in Floristry Operations, will be awarded upon completion of all the required core and elective units.

IS FLORAL NSRS STILL VALID?

If you have obtained any National Skills Certificates (NSCs) under the Floral NSRS, you will be recognised as having taken these units under the Floristry WSQ and be exempted from taking the aligned Floristry WSQ units. For example, if you have previously completed the 5 NSRS standards/training units, you simply have to do a ‘top-up’ of the following 2 core units:

1. FL-HS-101C-1 Recognise and select flowers and plant materials for use in commercial floristry, and

2. ES-WSH-101G-1

Workplace Safety and Health

to obtain the full WSQ Certificate in Floristry Operations. The recognised NSRS units and their equivalent WSQ units are presented in the tables on pages 5 and 6.

WSQ units are presented in the tables on pages 5 and 6. “As an owner of

“As an owner of a floral shop, I believe training is necessary to continuously improve my skills, not just in the craftsmanship of floral design and arrangement, but in running a floral business as well. To be able to do something I love – working with flowers and seeing my customers satisfied, simply makes my day.” Low Meow Keow

Floral Shop Owner

The table below shows the NSRS units that are fully aligned to the Floristry WSQ:

CERTIFICATE LEVEL

 

Floral NSRS

Floristry WSQ

1.

FRL-002-2-0102

FL-FP-101C-1

Design and arrange floral product for festive seasons

Care and store fresh flowers and plant material

FL-DS-101C-1

 

Recognise the elements and principles of design as applied to floral artistry

FL-FS-102C-1

Dress floral product with bows, wrappings and other decorative accessories

2.

FRL-009-3-0102

FL-FS-101C-1

Arrange and pack hamper

Use and maintain tools, equipment, floral hardware and work areas

FL-FS-102E-1

Pack and dress hampers

3.

FRL-008-3-0102

FL-FS-101C-1

Prepare floral gift wraps and boxed flower sets

Use and maintain tools, equipment, floral hardware and work areas

FL-FS-102C-1

Dress floral product with bows, wrappings and other decorative accessories

For NSRS units that have been mapped and aligned partially, individuals who possess the corresponding NSRS certificate will gain credit exemptions upon completion of an additional Floristry WSQ competency units.

The table below shows the NSRS units that are partially aligned to the Floristry WSQ and the corresponding Floristry WSQ competency unit that has to be taken in order to gain credit exemption:

CERTIFICATE LEVEL

 

Floral NSRS

Floristry WSQ

4.

FRL-001-3-0102

FL-FS-101E-1

Design and arrange floral products for everyday use

Assemble fresh flowers using floral foam

+

WSQ Competency Unit:

FL-HS-101C-1

Recognise and select flowers and plant materials for use in commercial floristry

5.

FRL-010-2-0102

FL-FS-103C-1

Provide bridal floral services

Perform basic wiring techniques

+

FL-FS-104C-1

Assemble fresh flowers bouquets

WSQ Competency Unit:

FL-HS-101C-1

Recognise and select flowers and plant materials for use in commercial floristry

HOW CAN FLORISTRY WSQ HELP YOU?

The Floristry WSQ:

• Enables your employers to recognise your capabilities

• Equips you with skills that can be applied at your workplace

• Consists of modular, bite-sized training courses that are developed for adult learning

• Gives you training to become a specialist in your field

• Helps you in your career progression

• Helps you make a career switch to the Floristry industry and remain employable

HOW CAN I OBTAIN THE FLORISTRY WSQ?

There are no academic requirements for you to be trained in any of the units under the Floristry WSQ. However, you should have a certain level of literacy and numeric ability to be able to cope with the training. After you complete each training unit and pass the assessment, you will be awarded with a Statement of Attainment (SOA). With the accumulation of the required number of SOAs, you will be awarded with the appropriate WSQ qualification.

If you are employed:

Your employer can send you to attend the course if it is relevant to your work and within your ability to cope with the training. You may opt to take any unit you wish, as long as your employer deems it relevant. However, you have to plan the units you want to take if you intend to attain a qualification as this requires a specific combination of core and elective units. For example, in order to attain a WSQ Certificate in Floristry Operations, you have to attain a combination of 8 Core and 2 Elective units.

If you are a job seeker:

You may approach the officers at the Distributed CareerLink Network Career Centres, who will make an assessment of your training needs accordingly.

WSQ CERTIFICATE IN FLORISTRY OPERATIONS

WHO SHOULD ATTEND Competencies in this level of qualification aim to equip new industry entrants and Floral Assistants who lack experience and/or required skills expected of them in their job functions within the industry.

PACKAGING RULES

To obtain the full qualification, 10 units must be selected, including:

 

• All 8 core units and

• 2 elective units, with a maximum of 1 unit from the Retail WSQ category

 

CORE UNITS (ALL)

Vocational Skills:

FL-HS-101C-1

1. Recognise and select flowers and plant materials for use in commercial floristry

2. Care and store fresh flowers and plant material

FL-FP-101C-1

 

FL-DS-101C-1

3. Recognise the elements and principles of design as applied to floral artistry

FL-FS-101C-1

4. Use and maintain tools, equipment, floral hardware and work areas

FL-FS-102C-1

5. Dress floral product with bows, wrappings and other decorative accessories

FL-FS-103C-1

6. Perform basic wiring techniques

 

FL-FS-104C-1

7. Assemble fresh flower bouquets

Generic Skills:

8.

ES-WSH-101G-1 Workplace Safety and Health (Operations)

 

ELECTIVE UNITS

Please note that the individual may take either all units from Vocational Skills category or a combination from both Vocational and Generic Skills categories, capped at a maximum of 1 unit from the Retail WSQ category.

Vocational Skills:

Floristry WSQ

FL-FS-101E-1

1. Assemble fresh flowers using floral foam

 

FL-FS-102E-1

2. Pack and dress hampers

3. Support the floristry workplace

FL-SS-101E-1

3. Support the floristry workplace FL-SS-101E-1

Landscape WSQ

4.

LS-HM-101E-1

Maintain interiorscapes and displays

Retail WSQ

5. RE-SCS-108E-0

Perform delivery operations

6. RE-SCS-104C-0 Perform point of sale operations

7. RE-SO-109E-0

Perform warehouse operations

Generic Skills:

8.

SE-CS-101G-1

Provide GEMS (Go-the-Extra-Mile for Service) service

WSQ HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN FLORISTRY OPERATIONS

WHO SHOULD ATTEND Competencies in this level of qualification will equip Florists with basic and specialised skills to enhance their work performance.

PACKAGING RULES To obtain the full qualification,10 units must be selected, including:

• All 7 core units and

• 3 elective units, with a maximum of 1 unit from the Retail WSQ category

CORE UNITS (ALL)

Vocational Skills:

FL-HS-201C-1

1. Identify flowers and plant material and their use in commercial floristry

FL-FP-201C-1

2. Monitor the quality of fresh flowers and plant material

FL-DS-201C-1

3. Demonstrate the application of the elements and principles of design

FL-FS-201C-1

4. Perform advanced wiring techniques

FL-FS-202C-1

5. Prepare and arrange fresh flower bouquets

FL-FS-203C-1

6. Prepare fresh flower arrangements using a base medium

Generic Skills:

7.

ES-WSH-101G-1 Workplace Safety and Health (Operations)

ELECTIVE UNITS

Please note that the individual must take all units from Vocational Skills category, capped at a maximum of 1 unit from the Retail WSQ category.

Vocational Skills:

Floristry WSQ

FL-FS-201E-1

1. Prepare and arrange items for the wedding group

FL-FS-202E-1

2. Prepare and arrange condolences, memorial tributes and funeral arrangements

FL-FS-203E-1

3. Prepare and arrange potted plants

4. Prepare and arrange silk, dried and simulated flower arrangements

5. Prepare and arrange celebration and opening floral stands

FL-FS-204E-1

FL-FS-205E-1

FL-FS-206E-1

6. Prepare and arrange gift and floral items using containers

7. Prepare and arrange venue décor for events and special occasions including weddings

FL-SV-201E-1

Landscape WSQ

7. Prepare and arrange venue décor for events and special occasions including weddings FL-SV-201E-1 Landscape WSQ
7. Prepare and arrange venue décor for events and special occasions including weddings FL-SV-201E-1 Landscape WSQ
7. Prepare and arrange venue décor for events and special occasions including weddings FL-SV-201E-1 Landscape WSQ

8.

LS-HM-201E-1

Install interiorscapes or displays

Retail WSQ

9. RE-MM-301C-0

10. RE-SCS-103C-0 Sell products and services

11. RE-SCS-104C-0 Perform point of sale operations

Coordinate merchandise display

RE-SCS-103C-0 Sell products and services 11. RE-SCS-104C-0 Perform point of sale operations Coordinate merchandise display

WSQ ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN FLORISTRY SUPERVISION

WHO SHOULD ATTEND Competencies in this level of qualification will equip Senior Florists with advanced floristry skills and for Floral Supervisors to manage and facilitate work in supervisory roles.

PACKAGING RULES

To obtain the full qualification, 10 units must be selected, including:

• All 6 core units and

• 4 elective units, with a maximum of 1 unit from the Retail WSQ category

CORE UNITS (ALL)

Vocational Skills:

FL-DS-301C-1

1. Apply design elements, principles and craftsmanship to floral designs

2. Supervise quality of Floristry products and services

FL-FP-301C-1

FL-FD-301C-1

3. Design and create fresh flower bouquets

FL-FD-302C-1

4. Design and create fresh flower arrangements using a base medium

5. Cost and budget for a floral design project

FL-SS-301C-1

Generic Skills:

6.

ES-WSH-301G-1 Workplace Safety and Health (Supervisory)

 

ELECTIVE UNITS

Please note that the individual must take all units from Vocational Skills category, capped at a maximum of 1 unit from the Retail WSQ category.

Vocational Skills:

Floristry WSQ

1. Design and create venue décor for events and special occasions including weddings

FL-SV-301E-1

2. Design and create arrangements for the wedding group

FL-FD-301E-1

3. Design and create condolences, memorial tributes and funeral arrangements

4. Design and create celebration and opening floral stands

FL-FD-302E-1

FL-FD-303E-1

5. Design and create gift and floral items using containers

FL-FD-304E-1

opening floral stands FL-FD-302E-1 FL-FD-303E-1 5. Design and create gift and floral items using containers FL-FD-304E-1

6. Design and create silk, dried and simulated flower arrangements

FL-FD-305E-1

Landscape WSQ

7.

LS-BE-304E -1

Perform basic CAD and 2D drawings

Retail WSQ

8. Monitor visual merchandising presentation

RE-MM-302E-0

RE-SS-303E-0

9. Recruit and select personnel

10. Supervise warehouse management and operations

11. RE-SCS-302C-0 Build relationships with customers

RE-SO-306E-0

10. Supervise warehouse management and operations 11. RE-SCS-302C-0 Build relationships with customers RE-SO-306E-0
10. Supervise warehouse management and operations 11. RE-SCS-302C-0 Build relationships with customers RE-SO-306E-0
10. Supervise warehouse management and operations 11. RE-SCS-302C-0 Build relationships with customers RE-SO-306E-0

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WSQ DIPLOMA IN FLORISTRY MANAGEMENT

WHO SHOULD ATTEND Competencies in this level of qualification aim to equip experienced Floral Designers and Managers with advanced knowledge and skills in floral design and management.

PACKAGING RULES To obtain the full qualification, 9 units must be selected, including:

 

• All 6 core units and

• 3 elective units, with a maximum of 1 unit from the Retail WSQ category

CORE UNITS (ALL)

Vocational Skills:

FL-MK-401C-1

1. Develop a comprehensive floral design portfolio

FL-DS-401C-1

2. Accomplish improved floral design skills and techniques

FL-DS-402C -1

3. Develop concept plans and preliminary documentation for floral designs and displays

FL-DS-403C-1

4. Prepare detailed floral project design drawings and specifications

 

FL-SV-401C-1

5. Manage implementation of floral design or display projects

Generic Skills:

6.

ES-WSH-401G-1 Workplace Safety and Health (Managerial)

ELECTIVE UNITS

 

Please note that the individual must take all units from Vocational Skills category, capped at a maximum of 1 unit from

the Retail WSQ category.

Vocational Skills:

 

Floristry WSQ

1. Develop a complete florist shop or floral design studio image

FL-MK-401E-1

2. Develop an in-house catalogue for product and services

FL-MK-402E-1

3. Develop workshop programmes for industry and public presentations

FL-TD-401E-1

4. Develop communication, presentation and performance skills

FL-TD-402E-1

4. Develop communication, presentation and performance skills FL-TD-402E-1

Landscape WSQ

5.

LS-BE-401E-1

Develop interiorscapes and displays

Retail WSQ

RE-SS-408E-0

6. Develop a business plan

RE-SS-409E-0

7. Develop and implement an e-business strategy

RE-SCS-401E-0

8. Manage sales and service delivery

FUNDING FOR FLORISTRY WSQ COURSES

Your employer can seek funding assistance through WDA’s Skills Development Fund (SDF) when you attend WSQ programmes and meet these criteria:

1. You are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident

2. You have achieved at least 75% attendance during training

3. You have attempted all required assessments

For more information on SDF funding, please visit the SDF website at www.sdf.gov.sg

Your employer can also apply for absentee payroll funding under the Skills Redevelopment Fund (SRP). For more information on SRP funding, please visit the SRP website at www.srp.org.sg

WHERE CAN I SIGN UP?

To sign up, simply contact any of the following 4 Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) for course details and to sign up for the training unit(s):

1. CreativeWorkz by FarEastFlora.com

565 Thomson Road Singapore 298184

Website: www.fareastflora.com/creativeworkz Email: creativeworkz@fareastflora.com Contact No.: 6259 8315 Fax: 6355 0620

2. June Floral Art School

702A Geylang Road Singapore 389618

Website: www.junefloral.com Email: junecom@singnet.com.sg Contact No.: 6848 4500 Fax: 6848 4511

3. Nobleman School of Floral Design

Blk 10 North Bridge Road

Website: www.noblemanschool.com

#02-5107

Email: info@noblemanschool.com.sg

Singapore 190010

Contact No.: 6296 3977 Fax: 6291 3192

4. Tropifame Floral Design School

#03-16 Peninsula Hotel Shopping Centre No. 3 Coleman Street Singapore 179804

Website: www.tropifame.com Email: tropifame@pacific.net.sg Contact No.: 6338 8182 Fax: 6336 8546

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WSQ

For more information about the Floristry WSQ, please contact us at:

Singapore Workforce Development Agency 1 Marina Boulevard #16-01 One Marina Boulevard Singapore 018989

General line :

6883-5885

Fax

:

6512-1111

Email

:

wda_wsq@wda.gov.sg

ABOUT WDA

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) seeks to enhance the employability and competitiveness of our workforce to meet the changing needs of Singapore’s economy. Working with industry, unions, employers, economic agencies, professional associations and training organisations, the agency’s efforts are targeted at supporting industry growth by building a pipeline of workers through training and skills upgrading, and raising industry standards through enhancing manpower capabilities.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The development of the Floristry WSQ

Framework and this Employers’ guide

would not have been made possible without

the active contributions and dedicated

commitment of the following organisations

and their respective representatives:

BV Florist & Gifts

Candy Floriculture Pte Ltd

Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology

CreativeWorkz by FarEastFlora.com

Far East Flora.com Pte Ltd

Floral Designers Society Singapore

Floramist “Floristry Consultant”

Floriculture Association Singapore

Flower Beauty Trading

Flower Matters

Green Grasses Gift & Flower

Heartstrings Floral & Gifts

June Floral Art School

Katong Flower Shop Pte Ltd

National Parks Board

Nobleman School of Floral Design

Noel Gifts International Ltd

Orchid Business Cluster

Pontiac Land Group, Millenia Walk

Sing See Soon Floral & Landscape Pte Ltd

Singapore Florist Association

Singapore Hortiflora Federation

Tropifame Floral Design School