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Setting the Pace for Innovative Education

The Floriology Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, is among the country’s foremost centers for leading-edge floral design and florist-related education. Certified Floral Designer (CFD) designation, which is endorsed by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), is one of the floral industry’s most coveted certifications. You can participate and achieve your National CFD designation through the Floriology Institute.  


A vital step in preparing for and achieving CFD certification is gaining knowledge and feedback from highly experienced floral design experts and certified floral evaluators and judges who fully understand the rigors of working toward CFD status.  

It’s important to note that floral designers who participate in the Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE) after taking at least one prep course and working with at least one mentor are 85 percent more likely to have a successful outcome.  

The Floriology Institute is an official AIFD Education Partner and the Institute’s AIFD-accredited instructors continually embrace new design techniques, stay on top of the latest floral and consumer trends and adopt proven, innovative best business practices to pass this knowledge on to students. To move toward CFD designation, students attending Floriology Institute must successfully complete the following courses: Principles & Elements of Floral Design; Wedding Bliss & Special Events: Plan, Price, Place; and Celebrating Life Every day.  

Students must also achieve a successful pass rate for the Certification & Competition course. A written test will be given and upon passing the test, the student’s name will be submitted to AIFD headquarters for completion of the CFD certification process.  

Established in 1965, AIFD is the floral industry’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design. Accredited membership in AIFD is extremely selective and obtained only after a candidate has effectively demonstrated advanced professional ability of his or her floral artistry and a clear understanding of the elements and principles of design. Members proudly wear the AIFD addendum on their name to demonstrate that their peers have found them to be “Accredited in Floral Design.” They must continue to demonstrate their “cutting edge” art by meeting specified continuing education requirements.  


Below is a listing of just some of the diverse educational opportunities available throughout the floral industry nationwide. Please note that courses and curriculums may be affected by the pandemic. 

For a list of additional educational resources, go to: educationpartner/education-providers.  

For further information and a schedule of courses at the Floriology Institute, visit