Become A Certified Florist

Why Should A Floral Professional Become A Certified Florist?

As consumers are offered more and more options for purchasing flowers, Florists must differentiate and brand themselves as the “Professional” in the floral industry.  Consumers want to spend their hard earn money as prudently as possible.  They don’t want to buy inferior product so they will be searching out the “best of the best” when it comes to making purchases.  Consumers will be looking for credentials or certifications to help them justify their spend.

The Certified Florist (CF) program was created, and is administered by, members of the Great Lakes Floral Association.  It is endorsed by the National Alliance of Floral Associations and recognized nationwide. The program covers all aspects of professional floristry.

It is designed as an at home, in shop, self study program.  You will receive the manual and study guide after registering for the course.  “Steps to Certification” classes are offered periodically if you feel you need extra help to prepare for the test.

Two to four examinations are held throughout the year.  When you feel that you are ready to test, you simply return the exam registration form to the office.  A confirmation letter will be sent back notifying you have registered for the exam.  

The exam consists of 2 1/2 hours of hands on design. You will make 5 designs, one duplicate, one vase, one pin on corsage, one wrist corsage and one wedding bouquet.  The written test is 2 hours and consists of 30 product ID and 100 multiple-choice questions.  The written exam is provided online though Michigan State University.  The hands on exam is available in person or can be taken online via Zoom. 

When you pass each section with a score of 80% or better you become a Certified Florist!

2020 Test Dates

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Become A Certified Florist

Become A Certified Florist

Here’s just a brief list of benefits you can gain from becoming a certified florist:

Retail Florist Shop Owners

Become your area’s most respected florist.
Learn the best current practices from recognized floral professionals.
Great advertising tool for your flower shop.
Freshen up on design skills.
Learn the latest design trends.
Use the accreditation’s logo and advertising tools to build credibility with your community.
Great networking opportunity.

Retail Florist Employees

Build your skills.
Make yourself more valuable to your employer.
Job Security.

Free-lance Designers

Keep up on current trends.
Great networking opportunity.
Learn the best current practices from recognized floral professionals.
Freshen up on design skills.

Floristry Students

Build your skills.
Make yourself more employable in the industry.

Party and Event Designers

Keep up on current trends.
Great networking opportunity.
Learn the best current practices from recognized floral professionals.
Freshen up on design skills.


What’s a Certified Florist?
Your WIsconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association has created an exciting certification program for retail florists called the Certified Florist (CF for short). In this program, a Certified Florist is one who both possesses professional expertise and passes a certification process.

Why should you be certified?
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 WIsconsin & Upper Michigan Florists 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.

What is the Certified Florist Program?
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.

How does the CF Work?
Whether you embark on certification yourself, or are sponsored by an employer, you’ll contact the WIsconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association office 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 WIsconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association. 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 WUMFA Annual Convention..

What will I get as a Certified Florist?
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 WIsconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association will also prepare and mail a news release announcing your accomplishment to your local newspaper.

Who’s in charge of CF?
The Certified Florist Program is solely and exclusively a voluntary program sponsored by your WIsconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association, and is not in any way connected with any agency of the government.

Who’s creating CF?
Members from the WIsconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association’s CF Certification Committee administer the CF. Member’s names are available at your WUMFA office.

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