LSFA is proud to offer the Certified Florist Program (CF for short). A nationally accredited program run by Michigan Floral Association. Created to offer an exciting certification program for retail florists. In this program, a Certified Florist is one who both possesses professional expertise and passes a certification process.
As a retail florist, you know the importance of both skillful employees and a consumer who appreciates their arrangements. As a Certified Florist, you’ll get both. Here’s how:
Set Yourself Apart.
Your Louisiana State Florist Association will market the Certified Florist as a “respected” and “knowledgeable” florist. When you become certified, customers will prefer you over your competition.
Create Better Work
Part of the certification process involves education of core retail floral knowledge. Regardless of your experience, there’s always something to learn. When you’re certified your work will show it, and your customers will know it!
Get Better Employees or Jobs
Any good florist wants to become better. The CF program helps you do just that. If you’re a manager or owner, that means you can quickly identify those prospective employees with standardized skill levels. If you’re an employee, that means you become more valuable to your employer.
The Certified Florist Program (or CF) is a self-study certification program. Specifically designed for those in the retail floral industry, the CF provides recognition for a standardized, professional level of knowledge and expertise. CF is a renewable, “continuing education” form of certification.
Whether you embark on certification yourself, or are sponsored by an employer, you’ll contact LSFA for a registration package. When your manual arrives, you may study as long as necessary to prepare for the examination.
To become a Certified Florist, you’ll need to pass an examination scheduled by the LSFA. The content of the manual, as well as its practical application in the industry, will comprise most of the exam questions. You may retake the exam as often as necessary, and when you pass, you’ll join a select group of Certified Florists at a ceremony during the LSFA convention.
Along with the recognition of industry peers, both graduates of CF and their employers receive certificates proclaiming their achievements. Other marketing materials are available, such as door stickers, pins or patches, and camera-ready artwork for ad layouts. Your Louisiana State Florist Association, via Michigan State Floral Association, will also prepare and mail a news release announcing your accomplishment to your local newspaper.
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