EMC Core Program

EMC Core Program (3 parts) is focused on craftsmanship and the floral design process.  In order to apply the knowledge, one must first learn the theory. These building blocks offer the students the ability to boost their creativity and discover their signature design style. EMC Graduates, thanks in part to their EMC education have made their mark on the Floral Industry worldwide and are emerging leaders in the Floral Art World.

The investment for the Core Program is divided over the three courses along with which offer payment plans. The overall investment is approximately €8500.

Officially Recognized

Your education will be certified by the Belgium Chamber of Commerce as well as The Royal Belgium Floral Association. Once certified, you will able to add the distinguished "EMC" initials to your name, as well as referred to as an European Master Certified designer. 

Why are there 3 Parts?

We know that an effective certification program takes months of class time to complete. EMC makes it possible to accomplish this in a carefully planned 3 PART SYSTEM taught in English.

An effective certification program must be a complete step-by-step process, which takes time. EMC has devised a workable timeline which makes it possible for more foreign students to take part in the opportunity to learn European Design and not only the design, but a way to implement the EMC's Elements and Principles of design. It's a way of thinking and approaching the design process.

Part I: FOUNDATION teaches all the basic skills, techniques, and theory required in the European Design teaching system in a very accelerated, yet comprehensive format. It is comprised of an online 8-week course. 

  • The currency of a European design system, the most updated and commercially applicable set of knowledge and skills to inject into the international floral industry
  • Study of European Elements & Principle’s Expression & Classification
  • Reference to Nature’s Design – inspired by Mother Nature versus idea expression.
  • Proportions, structural and shape expressions
  • Updated work methods and applications for the new generation of floristry
  • Mechanics and Techniques of Construction, Structures, and application to a diverse range of jobs
  • Focus on the most current flower and plant care and handling procedures
  • Color Theory
  • Hand-tied Bouquet Classification; analyzing and defining the most up-to-date methodology, functions, and techniques
  • Classic European study relatable to today’s floral marketplace, and beyond…
  • Wedding Flowers: Analyzing and defining its Methodology, Shapes, Functions & Wiring Techniques
  • Sympathy Flowers: Seeing today's European designs mechanics and trends

Practicum is an active implementation program between that provides the growth learned in Foundation taking you to the preparation for Advanced. Students practice all of the skills and techniques learned in PART I: Foundation on daily basis to improve the execution and efficiency and ready yourself for Part III: Advanced.

  • Assigned schedule of skill practice is complemented by video tutorials which will demonstrate mechanics and techniques which may be useful to complete the assignment.
  • A list of floral nomenclature is given as required study to prepare for PART III. This framework is delivered online with weekly interaction in "pods" with other students and an EMC Coach giving the student time enough to practice becoming proficient in the learned skills.

PART II: ADVANCED explores the application of the creative process. Taking place in Brugge, Belgium, it’s where passion and emotion bring creativity to fruition.

  • This module teaches advanced application of practiced skills, knowledge, and functionality while presenting it artfully.
  • It is followed by a Final Examination (comprised of several exams both hands-on design and written), which determines the outcome of the European Master Certification process for each student.
  • Advanced Structure and Constructions: Multiple shapes & Techniques
  • Natural Flower Support classification; analyzing and defining its methodology
  • Emphasis on creativity, functionality and meticulous craftsmanship
  • Alternative sustainable design mechanics
  • How to create Tension, Emotion & ‘Gestalts’ in design
  • Insight into various Art Forms and styles; its inspirations and interpretations (field trip to the Louvre in Paris)


  • A certified EMC Floral Designer should be able to analyze and communicate the theory behind each design with a clear understanding of European elements and principles of design. #emcdesigner
  • He/she should be able to translate emotional value through the effective application of European elements & principles of design.
  • He/she will have the ability to develop and create a diverse range of European-inspired work in his/her own unique style.
ADVANCED –– Bruges, Belgium
September 26-October 4, 2021
ADVANCED — Bruges, Belgium
October 10th-October 18th, 2021

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Have a question about the EMC Program? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below! If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. We will be more than happy to help you with any inquiries!

From 6 to 12 months depending on the Part I dates you select.

We recommend EMC student's to have had at least a basic design course, or minimum of 6 months’ work in floristry. 

Your responsibility to complete Part I:

  • 8 weeks online
  • Each week will require anywhere from 2-8 hours depending on how much time you want to devote to implementing the course assignments

The beauty of our online Foundation Course is that once you pay to join, you'l have lifetime access to the course in your library. Anytime the curriculum is updated you'll see the changes as well. This provides a valuable asset for future in that when the time is right for you to join the Advanced Course, you'll still be able to study and apply the latest curriculum.

EMC support team is willing to help to make sure you meet the standard to complete PART II. As long as all assignments and projects are completed, you can plan to continue on to PART III.

Absolutely. Half of the mark is taken off for misspelled names.

You will have the opportunity to re-test  a maximum of 2 times.

EMC Int'l BV only grants diplomas upon successfully completing and passing the examinations given in Advanced. The graduate earns their officially recognized European Master Certification as well as the title "EMC Designer" and the initials after their name.


We do provide payment plans for every step in the three part program. This allows you to pay as you go!

You will be surprised how distinctly different the European approach is to Elements and Principles of Design. Due to the fundamental nature of what is taught in EMC Part I, no one is excused from any part of the program no matter what your previous floral educational level might be.

You can register by clicking on the button of the class you wish to join.

Yes, there is a full EMC support team including personal mentors who you can communicate with to get extra help. There are opportunities to ask as many questions as you want within our online community as you would do normally in any classroom situation.

Photography is permitted during any part of the EMC program. Video-taping is not allowed.

We provide a Core "binder" of sorts and worksheets throughout the Foundation Course that can be downloaded and printed. The Practicum Course has its own downloadable worksheets, and you will also have a manual for the Advanced Course.  

We do suggest our Tomas' "Techniques for Floral Beauty" reference book which is an excellent resource for studying alongside your EMC Course. It is available at online resellers.

It is advised that the family join you towards the completion of the program when you are no longer pre-occupied by the workload and study schedule.

EMC Core is not a workshop. It is an educational program which gives you an insight to the creative floral design process with an officially-recognized certification after successfully completing exams.

Yes. Our graduates are offered our EMC GO membership which includes a Annual Summit and other areas of ongoing education.

No translator will be provided by EMC International directly. You are, however, welcome to hire a translator at your cost to come and join you during the class. We strongly suggest if there are several students that speak your language, you can come together and hire one to split your costs.


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