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Professional Dutch Floral Design Course (International/English)

The international professional Dutch Floral Design course at the Boerma Instituut is a floristry course that is an excellent base for anyone aiming at a professional career in floral design, like florists, arrangers, florist shopkeepers, and sellers in ambulant trade. More than that, it provides a splendid education for anyone who loves flowers and floral design and as a hobbyist truly wants to learn all tricks of the trade. To take this professional course, no specific knowledge or experience is required.

At the Dutch Floral Design-professional course, you obtain all techniques and skills you need to produce a high-quality floral design. You can participate without any prior experience with floral design; we teach you all basic technical skills. In other words, there are no special educational requirements.

What do you learn at the professional Dutch Floral Design (DFD) course?

The Dutch Floral Design-professional course consists of a theoretical part and a practical part. Even though the theory lessons are not part of the examination, we feel it is important to provide you with some theoretical knowledge. The theory classes cover materials knowledge, colour theory, the design scheme, styles and principals of floral design.

In the practical part, the emphasis is on techniques. After all, if you fully master all technical skills, you will be able to create all conventional arrangements.

Hand Tied Bouquets
Mixed, grouped, linear, mille fleurs, parallel, open silhouette, ajour and a hand tied bridal bouquet.

Bridal Bouquets
Biedermeier, Teardrop, linear, pomander,

Men’s, ladies, tiara.

Funeral Work
Teardrop, linear, cross, wreath.

General arrangements
Ajour wreath, open silhouette, Dutch gardens, Biedermeiers, linear-, level-, parallel- and vegetative arrangements, ect, ect.

It is possible to register for the full DFD course or for the DFD course in modules

We understand that for some people it’s difficult to follow a course for 5 weeks straight. That’s why we also offer the possibility to follow the course in multiple steps.
For instance, the complete course is 5 weeks, each week is a different module. This makes it possible to follow 2 modules in Spring and 3 modules in Autumn for example.
You can find the dates for the different modules in the registration menu.

Course dates 2023

All Modules 1 to 5 (5 weeks, about 125 clock hours in total)

Monday, January 16 – Friday, February 27, 2023.
Monday, September 4 – Friday, October 6, 2023.
All inclusive price is € 4.500,-.

When you register for all 3 professional courses (DFD, ADFD and MDFD) simultaneously you will receive a discount of 10% on the total fee of the three courses combined.
Send us an e-mail for more info.

Module 1 (1 week, about 25 clock hours)
Monday, January 16 – Friday, January 20, 2023.
Monday, September 4 – Friday, September 8, 2023.
All inclusive price for Module 1 is € 950,-.

Module 1 & 2 (2 weeks, about 50 clock hours)
Monday, January 16 – Friday, January 27, 2023.
Monday, September 4 – Friday, September 15, 2023.
All inclusive price for Module 1 & 2 is € 1900,-.

Module 1, 2 & 3 (3 weeks, about 75 clock hours)
Monday, January 16 – Friday, Februari 3, 2023.
Monday, September 4 – Friday, September 22, 2023.
All inclusive price for Module 1,2 & 3 is € 2.850,-.

Or other combinations.

Lesson days and hours

Each lesson day consists of 2 blocks of 2 ½ hours. Hours are from 10.00 to 15.45 and includes a coffee and lunch break.

Going to the Dutch Flower Auction

Part of the Dutch Floral Design-professional course is a visit to the flower auction at Aalsmeer, FloraHolland. This is the largest flower auction in the world, where every day millions of flowers and plants find their way to destinations across the entire globe.

In the Spring DFD course we visit the Keukenhof and in the Autumn DFD course we visit FleurAmour. Due to covid-19 rules it is not sure if we can do that.

Homework: practice is important!

During the classes of Boerma Instituut, we teach you all necessary techniques and skills. However, you also have to learn to work with a certain degree of speed for your creations for economic reasons! This means that you will have to practice a lot. To facilitate this, we provide you with homework. Allow for approximately one evening per week to work on your home assignments.

To be able to practice the different arrangements you don’t have to purchase expensive materials. During the course, we will provide tips and tricks on that. Materials for home assignments are not included with the course fee. Materials such as foam, wire, tape, etc. can be purchased at our (web) shop www.floraldesignsupplies.com.

All necessary materials and the examination are included in the price, as well as coffee, tea, beverages and lunches.

Materials included

  • All flowers and green materials
  • All containers and vases
  • Knife and scissors
  • Theory course map
  • Colour brochures with examples
  • Trip to the flower auction, Keukenhof or FleurAmour (if they are open during the corona period)
  • Practical exam and all materials
  • Certificate or (after passing the exam) the Professional Dutch Floral Design diploma (in English).

Not included

  • Materials for home work
  • Meals (with the exception of lunch during daytime courses)
  • Travel and accommodation costs

Boarding House

It is possible to register for a boarding house during this course. Click on the link for more information Boarding house.


If something is unclear, or you’d like to receive more information, please contact us through e-mail: info@boerma.nl
For an impression of the work made during our courses, check out our instagram page.

16 January @ 10:00 - 17 February @ 15:45

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€950.00 – €4,500.00


16 January @ 10:00
17 February @ 15:45

€950.00 – €4,500.00


Boerma Instituut
Legmeerdijk 227
Aalsmeer, 1432 KA Nederland



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