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  • About Illinois Certified Professional Florist (ICPF)

    Mission Statement

    The Illinois Certified Professional Florist (ICPF) program is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a basic level of proficiency in the floral industry for the state of Illinois. A series of design and management review evaluations will be offered on a regular basis. These review evaluations will be used to assess designated competency areas, verifying skills and knowledge needed for basic, entry level floristry*.

    The Illinois Certified Professional Florist program primary goals are:
    1.To initiate or augment the continuous process of professional growth and development
    2.To instill high business ethical values and standards
    3.To create a forum for the exchange of ideas
    4.To create a high level of professionalism in Illinois’ floral industry

    * ICPF is not intended to be the sole preparation/training of novice florists for a career in the floral industry.

    “So many people think being a florist is just getting to play with pretty flowers. Earning the distinction of ICPF show to your consumers and the industry that you are committed to art of floristry and will uphold the standards of professionalism. I have been a member since 1997 and am proud to recruit others and promote this program to my colleagues and students”

    –Jennifer Hunt, McHenry IL.

    “ICPF is a personal investment that is worth every penny. I have learned so much in the ICPF classes, both the certification program and the bootcamp classes. The friendships and knowledge I have gained through ICPF is priceless. I love my ICPF family!”

     –Trisha Locke, Champaign, IL

    “I got my ICPF certification in 2004 because I wanted to better myself and my floral design skills. I believe it is important in this industry to stay on top of the new floral trends. Because I'm a member of ICPF, I am able to attend classes for continuing my floral education and staying in touch with the floral industry. I had a goal to be an Illinois Certified Professional Florist and I encourage my employees to do the same.”

     –Katy Selmi Downs, Rock Falls, IL 




  • 1994 First ICPF Graduating Class
  • ICPF certification classes began in 1992.

    1994 gave us our first ICPF graduating class!

    This group of people paved the way for what ICPF has become today. 

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