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  • The ICPF certification program consists of a series of twelve 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

    The Elements and Principles of Design $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    This course might as well be called “Tools of Design”. Principles are not arbitrary rules: they are constant guidelines.   

    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 and handling, pre-treatments and Care and Handling terms.   

     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.  

    Flower Shop Delivery Concepts $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    In this 24-hour, self- service society, few customer-oriented personalized services remain. Delivery is a service that is very competitive and is the one commodity the floral industry has that keeps customers coming to our shops.

    The Art of Effective Visual Merchandising $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    Merchandising is anything that is done to develop the 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. 

    Floral Sales and Profitability for Retail Florist $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    In today’s market, the customers must be our focus and direction with intent, our business will be successful.                                            

    Floral Business Procedures and Policies $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.              

    Advertising and Marketing $69.00 CLICK TO REGISTER

    In today’s advertising market, the consumer is over exposed to commercial messages. The business must get noticed and this course will provide the tools needed for success. 


    .Hands-On Courses

    Due to instructor availability, the ICPF hands-on courses scheduled for February 2022 have had to be canceled, unfortunately. They will be rescheduled this fall, so stay tuned for the new dates! Apologies for the inconvenience. 


    Kishwaukee College

    21193 Malta Rd

    Malta, IL 60150


     Day 1

    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Everyday Basic Designs—The foundation of floral design. Experience practical basic floral mechanics and techniques using the Principles & Elements of Design to create basic every day designs. 

    1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Floral Design Techniques & Applications—Identify design techniques and their practical application to professional floral design. 

     Day 2

    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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


    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

    Sympathy Design Basics—Experience hands-on how to’s for creating casket sprays, easel sprays and traditional mache designs. 



    .ICPF Comprehensive Assessment

    The Comprehensive Assessment will be offered at a TBD date in the future.

    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.



    Date:         Tentatively March 2023

    Time:        To be determined


    Complete the registration and enclose a form of payment for the correct amount.



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    Mail To: Ronda Hess AIFD,ICPF; P.O. Box 475; Hudson, IL 61748

    Phone - (309) 531-0739


    This application is subject to approval / applications will be accepted on a first received basis. This registration (or a copy of this registration form) must be received 2 weeks prior to testing date to ensure placement.





    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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