Membership in AIFD®
Interested in becoming a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) with the ultimate goal of becoming an Accredited Member of the American Institute of Floral Designers? We hope the following information will help you prepare for this wonderful career pursuit.
Enrolling as an AIFD Candidate
Enrolling as an AIFD Candidate ($150 which includes The AIFD Guide to Floral Design textbook) is the first step to membership. Each February, Candidates are sent the Application to Participate in the upcoming Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE) which includes an online and physical design evaluation. Once the application is submitted with a $500 non-refundable deposit or full payment, a Candidate receives login credentials to the online exam. After successful completion of the online exam, which is based off The AIFD Guide to Floral Design, a Candidate can participate in the physical design evaluation, which takes place once a year during our National Symposium. The cumulative evaluation scores earned during the PFDE determine if a Candidate receives the Certified Floral Designer designation and/or is invited to join AIFD as an Accredited Member. To enroll as a Candidate, click here.
Becoming an Accredited Member of AIFD®
Membership in AIFD is selective and an individual must fulfill rigid qualifications and demonstrate advanced professional ability. After enrolling as an AIFD Candidate, a Candidate must successfully complete the AIFD Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE) and in doing so, earn scores high enough to not only earn the coveted Certified Floral Designer (CFD) designation, but also earn an invitation to join as an Accredited Member and uphold its mission to advance the art of professional floral design through education. Members of the American Institute of Floral Designers are distinguished by the letters “AIFD” used as an addenda to their name. For more information on becoming an AIFD Accredited Member, click here.
Becoming a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®)
Floral designers have two different options to earn the coveted Certified Floral Designer (CFD) designation. The first is to enroll as an AIFD Candidate, attend and receive a cumulative evaluation score of 16.0 or better in a Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE). AIFD also offers the opportunity to become a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) through our Education Providers, which include Approved State Associations, AIFD Education Partners and SAIFD Chapters. Each Education Provider has different courses and requirements to pass their program and a list of Education Partners can be found here. If you successfully complete their course and they deem that your work is at the level of a Certified Floral Designer, they submit your information to AIFD and you are granted the opportunity to become a CFD. For more information on becoming a Certified Floral Designer, click here.
To retain the status as a Certified Floral Designer or Accredited Member of AIFD, designers must meet continuing education requirements every five years (AIFD) or every three years (CFD). For more information on Continuing Education requirements, click here.