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The Texas State Florists' Association (TSFA) was founded in 1914. During the past 94 years, the TSFA has grown into a professional trade association for all branches of the floral industry.Floristry

MembershipEdit

Members include retailers, wholesalers, growers, manufacturers of floral products and supplies, brokers, shippers, importers, interior plantscapers, and others who service the floral industry. A number of members are students, retired florists, university professors and botanical researchers. Bound together by their common interests, TSFA members represent the best of the Texas floral industry.

Certification Upgrades and Ensures QualityEdit

The Texas State Florists’ Association sponsors the Texas Certified Florists Program.[1] Only those who pass the Qualifying Exam are allowed to pursue this goal. In completing the 12-course requirement and passing the rigorous final examination, a florist is designated a Texas Master Florist.

The 12 courses required of each participant include 9 online courses, and 3 hands-on courses. The online courses include: the Principles of Design, Concepts of the Care and Handling of Foliage and Flowering Plants, Care and Handling of Cut Flowers and Foliage, Customer Relations, Delivery Made Simple, the Art of Effective Merchandising, Advertising and Promotion, and Daily Business Procedures.[2]

Online education is then supplemented with hands-on learning, and all participants in the certification program must attend the following three hands-on courses.

The importance of sympathy flowers[3] and floral design is the subject of Sympathy Design Styles and Techniques. Another socially-prominent ritual, the wedding Weddings, is the focus of Wedding Design Styles and Techniques. And the third hands-on course, Current Design Styles and Techniques, allows florists to construct several of the most noteworthy styles of floral presentation Flower arrangement: vase arrangements, vegetative, formalinear and parallel designs.

As education is a major part of the work of the TSFA, they also provide learning opportunities to those outside the floral industry. In 2004, the association developed the Texas High School Certification Program, which allows school districts to provide more value to their diploma and helps provide young, enthusiastic floral designers meet the retail florist needs.[4]

Requirements for the certification are enrollment and completion of the year long Texas Education Agency approved floral design curriculum and passing a Texas State Florists’ Association approved written exam and the design of two floral pieces in a timed setting. The students who complete the program are prepared for an entry level position in a retail flower shop.

The Texas State Florists Association is headquartered in Austin, Texas Austin, Texas.

NotesEdit

  1. http://www.tsfa.org/default.aspx?p=EducationOpportunities
  2. http://www.tsfa.org/default.aspx?p=OnlineEducation
  3. http://inlieuofflowers.info/index.php?s=2
  4. http://www.tsfa.org/default.aspx?p=TFEPressReleases

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