California Flower Art Academy California Flower Art Academy
Enjoy Affordable Yet Quality Hands-On Training
Floral Design Class in San Jose
Why California Academy
Managing Director
Program & Course
Class Schedule
Establish your own lesson schedule convenient to you
How to sign up/enroll
Certificate Program
Gift Certificate
How to become a florist
  What we offer
  European design-I
  European design-II
  Japanese Ikebana-I
  Japanese Ikebana-II
  Wedding Arrangement
  Wedding Corsage
  Wedding Pomander
  Bridal Bouquets-I
  Bridal Bouquets-II
  Table Arrangement
  Table Arrangement-II
  Table arrangement-III
  Basket Arrangement
  Vertical Arrangement
  Horizontal Design
  Pomander design
  All round arrangement
  Funeral Arrangement
  Easel mounted wreath
  Christmas wreaths
  Garland type wreath
  Parallel Arrangement
  Heart Shape Design
  Green Leaf Design
  Tea cup arrangement
  Candle arrangement
  Gift box arrangement
  Corner Arrangement
  Crescent Arrangement
  Pumpkin Arrangement
  Hall Arrangement
  Curve Arrangement
  Chair Arrangement
  Fall leaf arrangement
  Garden arrangement
  Long cube vase design
  L shaped arrangement
  S shape arrangement
  Fall arrangement
  X'mas arrangement
  Vertical glass container arrangement
  Cubic glass vase arrangement
  Tropical flower arrangement
  Curved line arrangement
  Underwater arrangement
  Geometric arrangement
  Unique & Creative Floral Arrangement
Affordable Floral Design Class in San Jose
Convenient Floral Design Studio in Bay Area
Small Group Class System for Semi Private Lessons
Majority of students have no previous experience
You can be a floral artist
How To Become a Florist
DIY wedding floral decoration project
Seminar of Corsage & Wrist Band for Prom & Wedding
From European designs to Japanese Ikebana
Flower Arrangements for Church Decoration
Are you on a tight budget ? No problem.
Hands on training of ONE ON ONE instructions
Basket Floral Arrangement
Wedding Head Table Floral Arrangement
Cascade Type Wedding Bouquet
Wedding Cake Flower Decoration
Vertical Glass Container Flower Arrangement
Creative centerpiece with no container
Graceful linear curve in Ikebana arrangement
Easel Mounted Flower Wreaths
Gellery of Bridal Bouquets
Welcome guests with floral decorations
Variety of programs for busy people
European design or Ikebana arrangement ?
Weekend Floral Design Class
Weekend Ikebana Class
Evening class and weekend lessons are available
Evening Ikebana Class
Learn floral designs from wedding to funeral
You can start from Introductory Program for $98.
Affordable Weekend Ikebana Class
Flower design skill as a lifetime property
We help you help others with floral arrangements
Ikebana: Japanese Traditional Profound Floral Art
Do You Know Kenzan and Suiban for Ikebana ?
Blend European design and Japanese Ikebana
Kenzan: Lifetime Ikebana Tool
Have You Heard of Garden Arrangement ?
Floral Arrangement Using a Substitute Vase
Florists and Floral Designers are Welcome to Our School
Floral Designs Help Enrich Your Life
Funeral flower service stabilizes business
Fresh cut and fresh water help flowers live longer
Custom designed floral arrangements
Support to graduates
Need a friendly & talented floral design instructor ?
Floral Design Studio in San Francisco Bay Area
3 kinds of hand-tied wedding bouquets
Compact size centerpiece for table arrangement
Centerpieces for weddings in the coming spring
Compact centerpiece on the table and window side
Arrangement for the end of fall season
Unlimited opportunities with flower arranging skills
Winter is over shortly and wedding season coming soon
Enthusiasm helps you become a good floral designer
No flowers available. You can still enjoy Ikebana
Set up your floral arrangement objective for this year.
Learned floral designs ? Then how about Ikebana ?
DIY Wedding Flowers: Save and Make money
Looking for an artistic hobby helpful to live a happy life ?
Ikebana Arrangement Elementary Course
Ikebana Arrangement Intermediate Course
Ikebana Arrangement Advanced Course
Table Arrangement Centerpiece Program
Course Completion Certificate

How to become a florist

We have been approached by lots of students who raise the questions as stated below:
1. I like flowers and I would like to own my floral shop. Is this a right way to join your school for this purpose ?
2. I would like to learn floral designs in order to open my own floral shop in the future. Can I learn floral arrangements at your school for this kind of purpose ?

3. Although I have never learned floral designs, I am interested in earning flower arranging skills because I am planning to have my own floral shop in the future. From where should I start ?

4. I learned floral designs and I want to become a florist. However I have no idea how to do. Should I join your school for this kind of purpose ?

For answering above mentioned questions, I would like to summarize what kind of conditions should be satisfied in order to start a florist or floral business as an owner of a floral shop.

You need to satisfy the under-mentioned conditions for running your own floral shop:

(1)Flower Arranging related knowledge and skills:

A. Earn a minimal required knowledge about how to handle and store fresh flowers.

B. Earn a certain level of skills of floral designs so that you can take care of your customers' request.

C. Get a certain level of knowledge such as name of flowers, type of floral designs and decorations.

(2) Flower Business related knowledge:

In order for you to start your own floral shop, following conditions must be satisfied:

A. Find a floral shop to buy or to rent where you can sell flowers to your customers as a retailer.

B. Obtain a business license from the city where you are planning to open your floral shop.

It is not difficult to get this business license. You need to apply for a business license to the city. Typical annual fee for keeping this business license is about $100 per year.

C. Obtain a Seller's Permit from State Board of Equalization.

It is also easy to get a Seller's Permit. This permit is also called Resale License or Sales & Use Tax Permit. By getting this permit, you are allowed to collect sales tax from your customers when selling flowers. Another merit of getting this permit is that you can buy flowers at a flower market at a wholesale price which is much cheaper than retail prices.

You need to understand that once you get this seller's permit, you are required to file a sales tax return to the State Board of Equalization every quarters or every year.

If all above mentioned conditions are satisfied you are ready to start your own floral shop. California Flower Art Academy focuses on teaching a variety of floral designs which can be used for various purposes and occasions such as running a floral shop, making floral decorations for weddings or funerals etc etc. I would like to add one very important point.

Most people can achieve above mentioned tasks if he/she follows what should be done. However the most difficult factor for doing a business as an owner of floral shop is how to get and attract customers. You opened your own floral shop after earning a decent level of floral design skills and satisfying all legal requirements. However if you do not have enough number of customers, it does not make sense at all to do a floral business.

If you are familiar with doing business by gathering customers or if you have ample experiences in doing any retail business, it will greatly help. If you do not have any experience quite unfortunately, you must learn how to do and what to do. There are many ways to get such know-how as mentioned below:

a. Belonging to a college where you can take lessons of floral business management or similar ones.

b. Buying a floral shop. Once you buy a floral shop, you are usually given opportunities of getting a training from the seller (previous owner of the floral shop) so that you will become familiar with how to run a floral shop, how to take care of customers, how to make the use of FTD, how to make advertising, how to update a website etc etc. This training is usually done for a period of one to two months. It depends on negotiation how long you will be trained. Most of floral shops have their own website. And you can get such website once you bought floral shop. It may be much easier to start from scratch to buy a business if your financial situation allows you to do so.

c. Having experiences of working at a floral shop. Make the best use of this kind of opportunities to learn how to take care of customers, how to deliver flowers, how to get customers, how to do advertising or marketing, how to update a website of the floral shop etc etc.

California Flower Art Academy is specialized in teaching European floral designs and Japanese Ikebana for various kinds of occasions. If you want to learn floral arrangements for doing floral business, Ikebana is not recommended because the skill of Ikebana arrangement can be seldom used for doing floral business in the United States.

From student to student, the purpose of learning floral arrangements is different. Some for hobby, some for running a floral shop, some for working as a floral designer specifically for wedding decorations and some for funeral decorations and quite limited number of students want to learn for the purpose of having his/her own flower arranging class. You can find a WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS offered by California Flower Art Academy.

Above information is provided based on our experiences in the State of California.
In other states than California, situation and the conditions that must be legally cleared MAY be different. If you are planning to engage in floral business, it is advised that you consult a legal counselor, lawyer or attorney at law.


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If you are looking for reliable floral design instructors or flower arranging classes that offer quality lessons with cheap, inexpensive and affordable tuition, why not join California Flower Art Academy who is certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo, Japan). We help you earn practical floral design skills by way of hands on training of ONE ON ONE instructions (semi private lessons). We have classrooms in Silicon Valley (San Jose, Santa Clara County) and also in the San Francisco Bay Area (Burlingame, San Mateo County). If you live in this area you can easily commute to and from our school. We help you earn practical skills from European floral designs to Japanese Ikebana, wedding to funeral decorations and short seminar to official courses.

 California Flower Art AcademySan Jose, CA408-859-7812