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  • The Illinois Certified Professional Florist program consists of eight on-line courses and five hands-on classes. All thirteen courses and the assessments must be successfully completed to attain membership as an Illinois Certified Professional Florist.

    The ICPF course allows ISFA members the flexibility and freedom to excel at their own pace based on their personal needs. At the end of each course, an exam will be available. You will be allowed two attempts at the exam for that course. In order to achieve a certificate of completion for the entire program, the member must have received a test score of at least 85 on each course exam. The entire program must be completed within two years.

    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

    Click here to register for all 4 hands-on classes $396.00

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


    February  2, 2018

    12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Basic Design Techniques $99.00  

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


    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Design Techniques and Applications $99.00  

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


    February 3, 2018

    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    Wedding Design Techniques $99.00 

    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 

    Sympathy Design Basics $99.00 

    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 

    Click to register

    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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