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  • The ICPF certification program consists of a series of thirteen lecture, hands-on, and on-line classes. The fifty plus hours of instruction cover the basic areas of professional floristry. Subjects covered include Basic Design Techniques, Daily Business Procedures, Employee Relations, Sympathy Design Basics, and Principles & Elements of Design.

    The course is for the beginning florist or a more experienced designer looking to improve their skills.

    Students may choose to take a single class, several classes or the whole series. At the completion of each class there is an assessment or skills check list. After successful completion of all thirteen classes, the student will become thru the Illinois State Florists' Association and granted the ICPF credential.

    To enroll in ISFA certification classes you must be a member of ISFA or employed by a member.

    The first step to becoming certified is to provide your name, address, e-mail and pay the one time registration fee of $50. After you register, you will be contacted by the program coordinator with your password so you can choose your ICPF on-line class. CLICK TO REGISTER 

    On-Line Courses

    Concepts of the Care & Handling of Foliage and Flowering Plants $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    Plants add a touch to our homes and brighten our indoor surroundings. In the course, you will learn the plant’s morphology, the plant’s physiology plant nomenclature and much more. 

    Care & Handling of Cut Flowers and Foliage $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    Cut flowers, even though they have been separated from the parent plant are living, actively metabolizing plant parts. You will explore the factors affecting quality, tips for handling roses, pre-treatments and care and handling terms.

    Customer Relations $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    In today’s market, our thoughts, plans and directions must be focused on those who make our business and its success possible, the customers.

    Flower Shop Delivery Concepts $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    In today’s 24 hour, self-service society, few customer oriented personalized services remain. Delivery is a service that is almost extinct in retailing and is the one commodity the floral industry has to keep customers coming to our shops.

    The Art of Effective Visual Merchandising $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    Merchandising is anything that you do to develop your business and move your product. The course will show you how to prepare a merchandising calendar, explain productive use of space, design, lighting, signage and much more.

    Advertising and Promotion $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    In today’s advertising market the consumer is over exposed to commercial messages. You must get noticed. This course will provide you tools for success.

    Employee Relations $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    A business cannot function effectively without people. Too many business owners and managers tend to neglect the human side of their operation. This course addresses locating qualified people, hiring techniques, interviewing, training, motivation and much more.

    Daily Business Procedures $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    The goal of Daily Business Procedures is to acquaint the individual with the basic definitions and business procedures needed to operate a floral shop on a day to day basis.

    Principles and Elements of Design $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    Explore the Principles and Elements of Design as you identify how each Principle & Element is created and used in floral design

    .Hands-On Courses

    The hands-on courses will be held February 2 & 3, 2018


    Kishwaukee College

    21193 Malta Rd

    Malta, IL 60150


    or you can register for individual classes below by clicking titles:


    February  2, 2018

    12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    The foundation of floral design—Practice basic floral mechanics and techniques using the Principles & Elements of Design.


    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

     Identify design techniques, mechanics techniques and their practical application to professional floral design.


    February 3, 2018

    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    Gain practical experience as you create basic wedding bouquets. Techniques include wiring and taping, use of foam bouquet holders and personal flowers.


    2:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

    Experience hands-on how to’s for casket sprays, easel sprays and traditional “mache” designs.


    Pre-registration required. Registration will close on Jan. 23, 2018.‚Äč     


    .ICPF Comprehensive Assessment

    The Comprehensive Assessment will be offered at our Annual Floral Design Show 


    March 15, 2018


    Written Assessment (2hrs) 

    Design Assessment (2.5hrs)

    Reference Texts used for the Written Assessment:

            *Flowers: Creative Design, by Johnson/McKinley/Benz

              *The AIFD Guide to Floral Design

    Cost: Members (Shop Owners and Employees)  $250.00

                    *Qualified Horticulture Students  $150.00

                                                               *Must be enrolled or have graduated within the past 12 months from an Illinois College or University                                          

     Personal tools needed for Practical Assessment: Knife, Scissors, Pruners and Wire cutters.


    Refund/Cancellation Policies
    The Illinois State Florists’ Association (ISFA) reserves the right to cancel an event (or partial event) due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable.
    If ISFA cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.
    Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, ISFA has the right to either issue a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

    Transfer Policy: ISFA members may transfer the financial value of their registration to a co-worker  for no charge if written notification (to skpisfatreas@yahoo.com) is given 30 business days before the event – unless specifically stated on registration materials. After that point, the transfer service fee is $25. Companies who are not members of ISFA can transfer their registration at any point for a $25 service fee.

    Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given; please plan accordingly.

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