AIFD Releases Application To Participate In Annual Professional Floral Design Evaluation

Forest Hill, MD – Floral design artists seeking to be recognized with the floral industry's coveted Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) designation or to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming an Accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD®) are being advised that the deadline to submit an application to participate in the 2017 Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE) is April 15, 2017.

AIFD's PFDE is a two-part process in which floral designers have their creative artistry evaluated by a panel of AIFD Certified Evaluator/Judges.

Part one of the PFDE is an online test based on educational objectives and knowledge derived from "The AIFD Guide to Floral Design: Terms, Techniques and Traditions." This reference tool is provided to those who are registered candidates with AIFD. The online test must be successfully completed with an 80% or better.

Part two is a live hands-on design evaluation to be held June 29, 2017 in Seattle, Wash., immediately prior to the AIFD National Symposium "X". Candidates have four hours to create five specific designs which are then reviewed and evaluated by seven AIFD Certified Evaluator/Judges. AIFD provides the candidates all the flowers and hard goods necessary to complete the designs.

To participate in the 2017 AIFD PFDE, floral design artists must make application and become an official candidate prior to April 15, 2017.

It is strongly recommended (but not required) that before the PFDE, the floral design artist obtain additional education or work experience in the floral industry, such as having three years or more experience, completion of courses that meet learning objectives as established by AIFD and are offered by approved AIFD Education Partners or state floral association certificate programs, completion of a series of online courses offered by AIFD, or completion of undergraduate degree or studies at an SAIFD chapter.

To enroll in the AIFD PFDE process or to learn more about becoming a CFD or member of AIFD, visit

About the American Institute of Floral Designers

The mission of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is to advance the art of professional floral design through education, service and leadership, and to recognize the achievement of excellence in this art form. Established in 1965 AIFD is, today, the floral industry's leading non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design. AIFD and its accredited members are in the forefront of the industry in presenting educational design programs and in designing flowers for events worldwide. Find more information at

Source: American Institute of Floral Designers