1. Which course should I choose if I’m a beginner?
Pls check out “Best starters – Hobby or Career” under IAF courses The best start is EFA for it teaches students basic design concepts with emphasis on correct techniques and foundation skills. However the CPD is also very popular and suitable for beginners covering more all-round skills. CPD includes EFA- European Flower Arrangement Concepts, JPBB- Wedding Bouquet Designs & FG- Floral Gift Designs.
2. Should I take EFA , or ECO first , what is the difference?
Better to take EFA first, for it teaches 16 design concepts with demonstrations. It covers many tricks and techniques along the course on how to arrange on oasis (floral foam). Whereas ECO is teaching 12 techniques on arranging free-hand, without using oasis. The emphasis of ECO is free-hand vase arrangement techniques, but EFA emphasize on design concepts. So it’s best to have EFA and then ECO.
3. What is the difference of ECO and NF , both are free-hand vase designs?
The techniques learned in both courses are completely different. If you want to learn free-hand technique for any size & shape of vases with any quantity of flower, then you should take ECO. But this course is on techniques, you can arrange the styles you learn from other courses. But for NF, the techniques and designs are for contemporary designs. This course is focusing on contemporary “Nufleur” style and that’s why it has 3 levels.
4. What if I want to learn flower arrangement as a hobby, which course should I take?
If you have never learned flower arrangement before, please take EFA first. Then you can take any other courses which you find interesting. Suggested hot courses are : EFA, ECO, NF, NB, NS, FRA, FG, DFA, GBFA, and Jane Packer London courses.
5. If I want to equip myself and prepare to open or work in a flower shop in the future, which courses should I start with?
Must start with CPD , then FM, and take the courses marked with a RED STAR.
6. I have learned a bit of flower arrangement before, should I start from the very basic still?
It depends on whether you find that your foundation is strong enough. If not, start with EFA. If yes, then you can choose any courses you are interested.
7. Can I take the JANE PACKER courses if I’m a beginner ?
We recommend students to take EFA first before enrolling in JANE PACKER courses, for we go straight into the design styles and students are supposed to know basic flower arrangement concepts.
8. What are the tuition fees and do they include material fees? What other things I need to buy other than flowers?
You may request for a detailed tuition fee list by clicking “Fee Inquiry”. The tuition and material fee are all clearly listed. As for the other things necessary for the lessons, it is different course from course. You may contact us for enquiring particular course.
9. Can I get a certificate/diploma after finishing the courses?
The application of cert./dip. is optional. You may apply for it after completing the whole course. If you have missed any lessons, you have to arrange for the make up classes first. All courses can apply for I.A.F cert/dip. Holland, course codes starting with JP can apply for JANE PACKER SCHOOL London cert./dip.
10. What is I.A.F. ? Is the certificate acceptable all over the world?
You may click “ABOUT I.A.F.” to understand more. Since the I.A.F. was established in 1990, it is a famous floral organization renowned all over most part of the world. Students find the certificates (co-signed by the hkafa, accredited by Van Gogh Museum and famous international floral designer Per Benjamin Sweden, mostly welcome & acceptable by employers world wide. Many overseas students travel to H.K. to take the courses from countries far away.
11. Can I get a job with the certificate/ diplomas after finishing the courses?
Although most employers know hkafa & IAF, it’s better if you get more certificates/diplomas from different subjects of courses. They welcome applicants with more all-round skills and higher levels of training. Please refer to “accreditations” scheme under I.A.F. Courses. Then you can easily find a good job with good pay.
The Academy always refer students to employers who have completed all-round training course and acquired some diplomas.
12. What happens if I missed some of the classes I enrolled?
When you enroll for the classes, we’ll give you a sheet of “Rules & Regulations” which states the guidelines for make up class arrangements. (You can click “Register on line” to take a look on it. If you want to take a break for holiday or for some other reasons, you can apply for absence from the Academy and we’ll take record of your missed classes and arrange make ups for you.
13. I work at shift hours, how can I fit into the regular schedules of the classes? Can I still finish the courses?
We have students from airlines or who are nurses, they just arrange the classes with their working schedules with our staff. You just attend the class schedules when you do not have to work until you finish the course. The Academy will keep clear record of your attendance. Most of the courses are run two or three schedules a day, you may fit in one of the schedules on the same design. For example, if you have to work in the morning on that day, you may attend the afternoon or evening session. Please do inform the our staff upon enrolment so that we can give the best recommendations.
14. My job requires me to go on business trips rather frequently, and my employer gives me only short notice, how can I apply for absence within 5 working days as stated in the Rules & Regulations? Can I still join the classes?
In this case, we recommend students to confirm the classes when they are sure that they can really attend the class. Usually, we can add our flower order within a shorter period of notice, but we cannot cancel our order placed. So you can master your attendance by confirming with the Academy 2 or 3 days before the class.
15. Since I can enjoy greater discount if I enroll 2 or more courses together, can I start the pre-enrolled courses later?
You can start any pre-enrolled courses later, without any time limit.
16. If I have learned elementary flower arrangement else where, can I join the intermediate levels right the way?
You need to show your notes or photos to the tutor and she’ll decide whether you need to make up some classes on concepts you haven’t learned. You may start taking the intermediate levels without waiting to complete the make ups, but you have to agree to make them up.
17. Can I take the FM directly if I want to open a flower shop?
For the understanding of the lectures, students perform better if they have basic operational knowledge on the production of floral designs. We do recommend students to take the CPD Course first for it trains you for the basic techniques needed for daily flower shop operation. However, if you still want to take the FM first, you can still try and understand the management part first.
18. Most of the classes are run once or twice a week, can I finish it in a shorter period of time?
Actually most of the courses last for 2 to 4 months. If you need to speed it up, you may discuss with us whether you can attend one more schedule. Or we may arrange private tuition or intensive courses for you. **Please refer to the left side menu for “Intensive Courses/ Private Tuition”
19. Since some of the courses needs basic flower arrangement knowledge before enrolling, what if I still want to take those courses?
You can still try to take them, but since you’ve missed the foundations, you may have difficulties in understanding and performance.
20. What is the difference between FRA, DFA and EFA? Are they all western styles?
EFA (European Flower Arrangement Concepts) covers the basics and many popular design concepts of European Flower Arrangement. It prepares for students to take specialized courses like FRA, DFA,GBFA, etc. All are European Styles. FRA (French Floral Designs) focuses on unique French style master designs which are different from the Classic European Style : romantic, innovative, natural and carefree
DFA (Dutch Floral Art Designs) focuses on unique techniques and trend styles from Holland : more garden designs, unique and detailed techniques; GBFA (German & Belgium Master Designs) focuses on master designs of Germany & Belgium: structural, impressive and unique color applications. All are unique trends with very different techniques and interpretations.