If you only see the flower, you miss half the beauty

(Wer nur die Blüte sieht, verpasst die halbe Schönheit)


Dresden Institute of Floristry (Dresdner Institut für Floristik, DIF) – a division of the Sächsische Bildungsgesellschaft für Umweltschutz und Chemieberufe Dresden mbH


The international commitment of our master school makes the DIF and the German florists known beyond the country's borders. Contacts exist not only with European schools, but now also with Asian partners.

In Germany, the team of the DIF inspires the visitors and jurors with first-class masterpieces of floristry. Evidence of such successes are the awards achieved at various federal horticultural shows and competitions.


Education in the beautiful "Florence on the Elbe"

The Dresden Institute of Floristry is located directly at the Elbe meadows of the Dresden Johannstadt. Elbe, gardens, the city center, which is only a few hundred meters away, the city with its diverse cultural institutions, restaurants and trendy pubs can be reached in a few minutes by car or by bus and tram. In the architecturally interesting "Florence on the Elbe", how the state capital of Saxony is affectionately called by connoisseurs and admirers, you will find inspirations literally on the street. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of Dresden guarantees a consistently impressive and unforgettable stay at the master school.


Initial and continuing education and training

The core of the Dresden master school is the master training. Every year, a new master class begins in Dresden, where expert florists can broaden their design horizons and achieve innovations at a masterly level. The master's course is offered in about 1.5 years part-time in 8 seminars. During the course there will be a 5-day style excursion (for example to Tuscany).

At the end of the course is the practical exam. Traditionally, the examination pieces are exhibited for up to 2 days in a representative building in Dresden.

A total of 157 florist masters from the DIF have received a certificate from the Dresden chamber of industry and commerce (IHK) so far.


In addition to the master training, an important part of the offers is the initial vocational training in the Training Network Saxony. The Training Network, to which belongs the professional association (Fachverband Deutscher Floristen / LV Sachsen), was initiated in 2012 with these additional courses. For example, companies seeking support in the training of their apprentices are welcome to seek advice from the DIF and send their learners to training course in preparation of the final exams.

Certified measures are funded by the Employment Agencies / Job Centers. Thus, e.g. unemployed people are given an opportunity for a vocational qualification or a new start in the form of retraining or modularly designed measures.

For long-term employees in flower shops or nurseries, the DIF offers an external course in preparation for the exam. This is part-time over 8 weeks in various seminars held and ends with the Chamber of Commerce skilled worker examination for a Florist. As an educational institution, which among other things carries out measures of the Federal Employment Agency in the area of the promotion of continuing vocational training, we have an external approval according to the AZAV as well as to DIN ISO 9001. An elementary component of these approvals is the proof of an effective quality management system. Constant compliance with these very comprehensive and demanding quality guidelines confirms external auditors every year. All participants can therefore trust that they will learn at the Dresdner Institute of Floristry from a provider who attaches great importance to long-term reliable and sound quality.


Further education is fun and a sensible investment - therefore we offer practice-oriented workshops for newcomers, florists and masters. From basic seminars, craft courses to workshops with renowned masters of their trade, we offer a wide range of further education.


Competitions / Exhibitions / Fairs

Professional competitions such as JUNIORFLORIST for trainees in the 3rd year of training or participation in regional garden shows in Saxony are important to us.

For us and our participants it is a particular challenge to participate in educational projects such as to collaborate on the spring exhibition in the Palais des Großen Garten Dresden or at the Thanksgiving decoration in the Frauenkirche Dresden.


International education and training

For many years we have been working in international projects, which has enabled the development of educational concepts and the exchange of trainers and students in various European countries.

Current projects: VocFlo

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New contemporary teaching and learning methods require appropriately adapted concepts and content.

In order to convey the theoretical and practical lessons in floristry in a transparent and harmonized way throughout Europe, result-oriented learning outcomes and learning scenarios are developed, school trips and teacher exchanges are prepared and the results are tested.

  • Networking of European schools of floristry and promotion of cooperation with companies in the industry with the aim of improving the economic relevance of education - learners should be able to acquire the professional and personal skills that are in demand on the labor market
  • Agreement on a sector-recognized competence profile for vocational training in floristry based on the results of MaFlo (ECVET- and EQF-compatible - thus improving the transparency between the European professional qualifications for floristry)
  • Institutionalization of the partnership by establishing a European mobility network for vocational training in floristry - ensures the sustainability of cooperation structures
  • Developing better opportunities for cross-border mobility for trainees, trainers and employees for the purpose of professional qualification, exchange of experience and contact with foreign business partners.
  • Implementation of the student camp and trainer workshops


  • Portfolio of units of learning outcomes and learning outcomes (EQF) for floristry level 2 to 6 EQF curriculum as a curricular basis for mobilities
  • Collection of learning scenarios as a methodical-didactic help for teachers to design business-related vocational training for floristry.
  • Mobility handbook for the design of cross-border learning in floristry
  • Statute for a European Mobility Network for Vocational Training in Floristry and institutionalization of the Strategic Partnership (Establishment of European Mobility Network for Vocational Training in Floristy)
  • Experience report on the testing of the curricular and methodical-didactic products of the project

Project runtime:

September 2015 until August 2018


Project partners:

  • SBG Dresden (DE)
  • Fachverband Deutscher Floristen LV Sachsen e.V. (DE)
  • Vilniaus paslaugų verslo darbuotojų profesinio rengimo centras (LT)
  • Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego w Warszawie (PL)
  • Střední škola zahradnická a zemědělská A. E. Komerse, Děčín - Libverda (CZ)
  • NTI-MMM - Multilateral Monitoring and Management (NO)
  • Stredná odborná škola, Pruské (SK)
  • Stichting AOC de Groene Welle (NL)