Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What are the steps to becoming a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®)?

2. How do I become an Accredited member of AIFD®?

3. What is the difference between a CFD® and an Accredited member of AIFD®?

4. If I am currently a CFD® what do I need to do to become an AIFD® member?

5. How much does it cost to become a member?

6. Where can I find more information about your online classes and how to register for them?

7. How much are the dues for CFD®s and Accredited AIFD® members?

8. Do CFD®s and Accredited AIFD® members need continuing education?

9. When is the next Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE) going to be held?

10. I want more information about Part II of the PFDE: the hands-on design evaluation.

11. What is the AIFD® policy on the members rights to use the trademarks “AIFD®” and “CFD®?”

12. What is “Life Status” for an AIFD® Member and how long do you need to be a member before this takes place?

13. What are AIFD® Sustaining Member Benefits?

14. Does AIFD® offer monthly dues installment options for Active Members and Certified Floral Designers?

Answers:

1. What are the steps to becoming a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®)?

There are two ways to become a Certified Floral Designer.

  • Enroll and participate in our Professional Floral Design Evaluation and receive the necessary scores.
  • Enroll and complete the appropriate courses at an AIFD® Education Partner, State Floral Association, or SAIFD Chapter.
  • Participate and earn an average score of 7.0 for all designs with no design lower than a 6.5 in the SAIFD Student Competition at Symposium.

You can find more information here.

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2. How do I become an Accredited Member of AIFD?

  • The most important part of becoming an Accredited member of AIFD® and being able to use the “AIFD®” trademark as an addendum to your name, is for you to want to be a part of AIFD’s mission to advance the art of professional floral design through education, service and leadership and, in doing so, agree to pay an annual membership fee. To become a member of AIFD®, you must first successfully complete all the steps listed above to become a Certified Floral Designer. In doing so, your evaluation score in the hands-on design demonstration must be exceptional (for more information on scoring click here). All PFDE participants who achieve such a score are invited to join AIFD in its mission. If you wish to accept this invitation, you will be asked to complete a biographic information form.

Upon completion of the form and letters of recommendation, you will be invited to be inducted into AIFD® during ceremonies at its next National Symposium. Fees apply (approximately $500, which includes induction fee and your first years AIFD membership dues).

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3. What is the difference between a CFD and an Accredited member of AIFD?

  • While both Certified Floral Designers and Accredited members of AIFD are recognized for their design abilities, AIFD® members are distinguished as design artists who have committed themselves to advancing the art of professional floral design through education, service and leadership. Both AIFD® and CFD® designers must maintain their status by earning continuing education units. Accredited Members must earn 30 continuing education units every five years and must have at least five (5) out of their 30 CEUs in the service/leadership area, and CFD’s must earn 25 continuing education units every three years (CFD). Because AIFD members and CFDs pay annual dues, they DO NOT have to pay a fee when they submit their CEU reports.

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4. If I am currently a CFD what do I need to do to become an AIFD® member?

  • Once you become a CFD® you are awarded a one-time $250 grant to participate in the next PFDE. You DO NOT need to take the online test again. You will just need to complete the Application to Participate once it is mailed to you and send in with your $500 deposit. You are also awarded a complimentary Candidate or CFD status (depending on your PFDE scores) with AIFD® for your first year after your participate in a PFDE so that you receive the Application to Participate in the next year’s PFDE before it is open to the public.

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5. How much does it cost to become a member?

a. $150 to enroll as a Candidate (Candidacy runs July 1 – June 30)

b. $1,550 for the PFDE only or $1,800 for PFDE + National Symposium ($500 deposit to guarantee your spot is applicable toward these fees)

c. If you are invited and accept your invite to join AIFD® as an Accredited Member, there will be an application fee, along with an induction and certification fee (approximately $500 total for all three).

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6. Where can I find more information about your online classes and how to register for them?

  • You can find out more information about AIFD® online classes in our Online Education Center. They are $79 for AIFD members and $99 for non-members.

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7. How much are the dues for CFDs and Accredited AIFD® members?

  • Accredited members of AIFD® pay annual dues of $339 (early bird dues of $289).

CFDs pay an annual renewal fee of $214 (early bird fees of $164).

CFD status and Accredited AIFD® membership runs from July 1 – June 30 of each year, and AIFD sends invoices around March 1 of each year.

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8. Do CFDs and Accredited AIFD® members need continuing education?

  • Both AIFD® and CFD® designers must maintain their status by earning continuing education units. Accredited Members must earn 30 continuing education units every five years and must have at least five (5) out of their 30 CEUs in the service/leadership area, and CFD’s must earn 25 continuing education units every three years (CFD®).  There is no fee associated with CEU remittance. You can find out more information about CEU remittance here: CEU Remittance Information.

*Please Note: As a part of the AIFD® COVID-19 Relief Package to support our AIFD® and CFD® members in maintaining their credentials, we have reduced the amount of CEUs due by 10 points for those who are to report in 2020 and 2021. (A total of 15 CEUs due for CFD® and 20 CEUs due for AIFD® Accredited members who are submitting in 2020 and 2021.)

AIFD® is also extending the deadline for CEUs submitted by June 15 to October 1, 2020.

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9. When is the next Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE) going to be held?

  • Each year just prior to the National Symposium there is a PFDE. This typically takes place on or around the 4th of July. More PFDEs may begin to be scheduled throughout the year on an as-needed basis. Please check the Calendar of Events for the next PFDE.

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10. I want more information about Part II of the PFDE: the hands-on design evaluation.

  • How much time are we given?
  • What tools can we bring?
  • How many designs do we have to make?
  • How are we scored?

We have an entire section of our website designated to discussing the PFDE hands-on design evaluation, and we highly recommend that you take some time to read over it here: PFDE Hands-On Design Evaluation Details.

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11. What is the AIFD® policy on the members rights to use the trademarks “AIFD” and “CFD?”

For complete details on the AIFD® and CFD® trademark please click here.

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12. What is “Life Status” for an AIFD® Member and how long do you need to be a member before this takes place?

Life Membership is defined as any Accredited Member, having completed 35 years of continuous membership, who shall automatically be granted Life Membership and as such shall be waived of any National and/or Regional Chapter dues. Life Membership is also granted to each National President five years after the completion of his or her term in office, assuming he or she had maintained his or her Accredited Membership. It is also awarded to those members who receive the AIFD Award of Distinguished Service to AIFD (Fellow). Life Members shall be entitled to all privileges of membership as those afforded an Accredited Member. Annual Membership Fee is $0.00

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13. What are AIFD® Sustaining Member Benefits?”

Available to Accredited Members and Certified Floral Designers. This category of membership may be used by any member at any time in his or her membership career for a limit of two years. It was designed to assist members who may be considering a career change, but may be claimed for any reason. The only “real” difference between Accredited Members or CFDs and Sustaining Members is that they pay half dues.

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14. Does AIFD® offer monthly dues installment options for Active Members and Certified Floral Designers?

Yes!  Each year during membership renewal season, increasing numbers of Accredited Members participate in the AIFD® Recurring Renewal Program.  We have recently extended this option to Certified Floral Designers as well!  It is an easy way to maintain your annual membership dues or certification fees.  By completing the Recurring Renewal Contract, and providing your credit card details, your dues/fees are charged in 12 affordable installments throughout the year.  For the 2020-21 Recurring Rates, please check out the link for the Recurring Renewal Contract here. These rates include a $2.50 per month convenience fee.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this convenient way of handling of your annual membership dues or certification fees, please complete the contract here and email it by April 1st to info@aifd.org – attention Jane Lyall.  Questions?  Contact us at 443-966-3850 Extension 1131.

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