Illinois State Florists’ Association Education
Illinois State Florists Association is dedicated to offering its members opportunities to enhance their floral education. ISFA’s mission is to educate our members through Boot camps, ICPF certification program, Annual Floral Design Show, Floral, Food & Fun Educational Series, and much more. By educating our members through these methods we will help you create a stronger floral industry.
ISFA Annual Floral Design Show
ISFA Annual Floral Design Show takes place every March and is a three day event packed with floral design presentations, hands-on workshops, floral competitions, vendor market place and floral networking. AFDS begins on Friday with an all day Advance Hands-on Workshop and Floral Presentation on the main stage by the reigning ISFA Designer of the year. On Saturday and Sunday, the Design show continues with numerous hands-on classes offered throughout the day as well as main stage Floral Presentations by the Industries top Floral Designers and Floral Artists. On Saturday, Floral competitions (Illinois Designer of the Year, Land of Lincoln Contest, Tablescape Contest, and the Student Design Contest) take place. Saturday concludes with the ISFA Annual Gala.
Becoming an Illinois State Certified Florist (ICPF)
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 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.
Becoming a Illinois Certified Designer: a pathway to becoming a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®)
Illinois State Florist Association is privileged to have been approved by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFDâ) to offer the opportunity to become a Certified Floral Designer (CFDâ). By attending and successfully complete the appropriate floral design education programs through IFSA, a member can become an Illinois Certified Designer (ICD).
After a designer is recognized as an ICD, the ICD instructor agrees that your work is at the level required of AIFD’s CFD credential; you will be invited to become an AIFDâ Certified Floral Designer (CFDâ).
ISFA Boot Camps
ISFA Boot Camps are a series of four 2, Days, 16 hours of Hands-on Design Classes offered throughout the year. Covering the themes “The Art of Everyday Design”, “The Art of Wedding Design”, “The Art of Sympathy Design” and the “Art of Event/Holiday Design”, floral designers can take their floral design skills to an even higher level and enhance their floral education. Offered annually at Parkland Community College in Champagne, IL, the classes span a two day period of 8 hours per day of theory and practical floral education where designers will design and take home 8+ projects.
Floral, Food & Fun Educational Series
Our Floral, Food & Fun Educational Series is a great way to learn new floral skills while enjoying a great dinner and visiting your local wholesaler. These hands-on workshops, which include dinner and all the supplies needed for the class, take place over a three hour evening period allowing you to sneak away from the shop for an evening of education. New in Fall 2017 is a day-long FFF class focusing on weddings specifically.
Classes focus on specific themes such as European Bridal bouquets, Jewelry and Wire Work, Personalized Sympathy Tributes and Unique Holiday Décor. Courses are offered throughout the state at our various wholesale house partner locations.