NCCPF School and Online Courses

N.C. Certified Professional Florist School and Online Courses

THE NCCPF SCHOOL HISTORY: A school sponsored by the NC State Florists Association was planned and discussed for approximately three years before it was begun. Frank Kimbrough had the idea of a school with technical college participation and continuing education points. He met with Piedmont Technical College in Roxboro, NC, and they agreed to co-sponsor a school. The reason for the school was to have more than an annual convention for the association to offer its members and to add purpose to the association.

In 1985, Pat Murray, AIFD, went to the Texas State Florists Association convention, where a Texas Certified florist class was being held to observe how it was operated. The NCSFA decided to follow the same course of study and bought the textbooks from the TSFA. The first class was held September 28th at Quail Roost Conference center in Person County wtih Jim Johnson from Texas A&M teaching the design portion. Later in the year, the class on shop operation was taught by Richard Milteer. The co-chairs of the first NCCPF school were Jerry Wadsworth and Pat Murray.

What is and why should I want it?

  • Gain a fresh perspective of the floral industry and your business.
  • Learn how to capitalize on popular trends happening daily.
  • Get re-inspired in areas of management, sales, and marketing.
  • Educate yourself of new methods to promote your industry and your shop.
  • Network with your peers who have witnessed and experienced the challenges.
  • Wear the NCCPF specially designed pin in your shop for customers to see.
  • Special recognition at the NCSFA annual convention.
  • National recognition as a Certified Florist by NAFA with your name added to their NC registry.
  • The ability to recognize the ever-changing diversity in the floral industry while having the education to take advantage of those changes.

EVOLVE YOUR CRAFT NOW!! The NCSFA connects NC florists with a rotating talent of education and design experts. Our learning environments better your designs and your business allowing you to take your business to the nth level. Your customers, employees, and daily product output will benefit greatly with your newly acquired NCCPF knowledge.

 

 

What is and why should I want it?

  • Gain a fresh perspective of the floral industry and your business.
  • Learn how to capitalize on popular trends happening daily.
  • Get re-inspired in areas of management, sales, and marketing.
  • Educate yourself of new methods to promote your industry and your shop.
  • Network with your peers who have witnessed and experienced the challenges.
  • Wear the NCCPF specially designed pin in your shop for customers to see.
  • Special recognition at the NCSFA annual convention.
  • National recognition as a Certified Florist by NAFA with your name added to their NC registry.
  • The ability to recognize the ever-changing diversity in the floral industry while having the education to take advantage of those changes.

EVOLVE YOUR CRAFT NOW!! The NCSFA connects NC florists with a rotating talent of education and design experts. Our learning environments better your designs and your business allowing you to take your business to the nth level. Your customers, employees, and daily product output will benefit greatly with your newly acquired NCCPF knowledge.

 

 

LET'S BEGIN

by first giving a sincere thanks to all our valued sponsors without whom none of our events, workshops, and classes would be possible.  Our association depends on their support and we definitely don't thank them enough.  THANK YOU Lihmil Wholesale for hosting our hands-on class portion this year.

HANDS-ON SCHEDULE
and
ONLINE COURSES

To complete the school, the nine online classes on shop operation and the three hands-on classes are required.  The online classes can be taken at any time before or after you have attended the hands-on classes.  Once all 12 classes have been taken and passed, a final examination will be given.  Once you pass the Final examination, you will receive your NC Professional Florist Certification recognized by the NC State Florists Association. 

NOTE:  Once you begin with the acquisition of Online Course One or attend the hands-on classes, you will have 36 months to complete the 12 course program and take the exam.  If you fail to complete within 36 months, you'll have to begin all over again to earn your certification. 

Instructor: Nelson Simpson, AIFD,PFCI,CFD,NCCPF

2017 HANDS-ON PART OF THE SCHOOL

  • Begins: Wed. Sept. 27th @ 10am  
  • Ends: Sat. Sept. 30th @ 12 noon
  • Where:  Lihmil Wholesale, 735 Indeneer Drive, Kernersville, NC  27284

CONSISTS OF 3 HANDS-ON CLASSES

  • Current Design and Techniques
  • Sympathy Design and Technique
  • Wedding Design and Technique

Current Design Styles and Techniques:  In this workshop you will construct several of the most noteworthy and practical design styles - vase arrangements, vegetative, formalinear and parallel designs.

Sympathy Design Styles and Techniques:  In this workshop, you will learn the Western Line, standing sprays and mechanics, casket covers, wreaths, cremation and memorial services, and more.

Wedding Design Styles and Techniques:  In this workshop, you will learn corsages, boutonnieres, hairpieces, hand-tied bridal bouquets, and more.

HANDS-ON CLASSES for NCSFA Members

$349.95Read more

*All textbooks and materials are provided.

HANDS-ON CLASSES for Non-Members

$499.95Read more

HANDS-ON CLASSES for Non-Members plus NCSFA membership

$594.95 $444.95Add to cart

ALL THE ONLINE COURSES FOR NON-MEMBERS CAN BE PURCHASED IN OUR STORE.

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All of the courses listed below the Terms and Conditions are for NCSFA members only.

ALL THE ONLINE COURSES FOR NON-MEMBERS HAVE TO BE PURCHASED IN OUR STORE.

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All of the courses that are listed below the Terms and Conditions are for NCSFA members only.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS for NCCPF class and online course purchases:  "Under the NC Consumer Contracts Regulations 2017, you may cancel your course purchase within a period of 3 days (72 hours) from the date of purchase." Otherwise, all online course and/or school purchases are NON-REFUNDABLE but may be transferred to another student in good standing with the North Carolina State Florists Association. If the person that the course(s) is being transferred to is not an active member in good standing, an extra charge will need to be paid to make up the difference between the member and non-member prices.

Note:  You can begin with any course in no specific order.  If there's one you favor, begin there first.

FLOWER SHOP DELIVERY CONCEPTS - In today's 24-hour, self-service society, few customer-oriented personalized services remain. Delivery is a service that is almost extinct in retailing, and is the ONE commodity we as retail florists have to keep customers coming to us. If we are to continue our type of personalized delivery service, there are certain areas, which need to updated or modified to meet the demands of a changing business world. This text covers and looks at those areas and discusses considerations for various delivery circumstances.

CARE AND HANDLING OF CUT FLOWERS AND FOLIAGES - Cut flowers, even though they have been separated from the parent plant, are living, actively metabolizing plant parts. These parts undergo the same basic aging process as the entire plant -- only quicker. However, the rate of deterioration can be slowed down considerably by supplying the cut flower with its basic needs.

ADVERTISING, PROMOTIONS, MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS - Although the floral marketplace has become highly sophisticated and competitive including floral businesses of all kinds, consumers are as cost and quality conscious as ever. Young adults and baby boomers make up the largest portion of today's market. They are highly service-oriented and want the most for their hard earned money. In selecting the proper advertising medium, we must keep the consumer in mind. How does our product or service meet their needs and/or demand? Florists must be committed to a solid marketing plan and a strong promotional effort to communicate their shop's image, product orientation and price level to the desired targeted market.

THE ART OF EFFECTIVE VISUAL MERCHANDISING - Visual Merchandising is the art of displaying merchandise in a manner that appeals to the eye of the consumer. It sets the context of the merchandise in an aesthetically pleasing fashion, presenting the product in a way that would bring the window shoppers into the shop and turn into customers and buyers of our products. Visual merchandising includes window displays, signs, interior displays, and any other special sales promotions. The success of many retail businesses can be attributed to the mood or atmosphere created by exterior, window, and in-store displays. Customers return to those shops just to see what is happening or what is new. Visual merchandising (display) is the most inexpensive way to attract those customers.

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN - This course "Principles of Design", might well be called "Tools of Design". These principles are not arbitrary rules: they are constant guidelines. They are the tools of all the arts, and no artist can vary them until he has mastered them. A careful study and understanding of these principles of design enable one to express his personality in floral art. It is through this mastery that distinction and individuality are created and reflected in design.

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS - Today, even in this world of computers and automation, a business cannot function effectively without people. Too many managers tend to neglect the human side of their operation. A successful business is made up of individual personalities who need thoughtful treatment if they are to increase the level of company production and profits. Employee relations is a two way street. Owning a business does not automatically make you an effective manager. There must be positive employer-employee interaction which results in quality production.

CUSTOMER RELATIONS - In today's market, our thoughts, plans and directions must be focused on those who make our business and its success possible, the CUSTOMER. It is critically important that we treat this customer in such a way that they will want and need to stay with us. Research today indicates that the #1 key ingredient in operating a successful business is providing positively outrageous service. This course attempts to give some insight and understanding regarding customer expectations, and buying styles with the main emphasis on customer satisfaction. Once we have satisfied the customer, then we can begin to provide that special feature of the floral industry, SERVICE.

CONCEPTS OF CARE AND HANDLING OF FOLIAGE AND FLOWERING PLANTS - Growing plants indoors has become a national pastime. The foliage and flowering plant industry is booming and many new types of plants are being introduced to satisfy the demand. This increase in indoor gardening has helped the florist business to become larger each year Many times you are asked questions about these plants that you cannot answer. The objective of this course is to help you be able to provide some answers to the questions raised by your customers.

DAILY BUSINESS PROCEDURES - The goal of Daily Business Procedures for the Retail Florist is to acquaint the individual with the basic definitions and business procedures needed to operate a floral shop on a day to day basis. This course is designed to teach you the basic daily business procedures needed to operate your flower shop on a daily basis. This course is not intended to be a general accounting course. The double entry system and accounting principles are not covered in this course. Those subjects are best left to a general accounting course or to your shop's CPA or accountant.

 

Final Examination - Congratulations, you've finished all the courses.  You're now ready to register for the final examination.  Be proud of yourself.  You've accomplished what only a few have accomplished.  Note:  You can pre-register and purchase the exam at any time before you've completed the entire 12 classes.

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NC Treadaway Cup 2017
The first 14 entries on or before August 4, 2017 will be accepted for this competition. Contestants must be full-time employees of a voting member shop for at least six months immediately prior to the contest not limited to one voting member shop. Full-time is defined as twenty cumulative working hours per week in a voting member shop. Entrants will interpret a given piece of art with a fresh and/or dried material floral design within a four foot square area for display. The art piece to be interpreted will be made known to all entrants in advance, and each entrant will be responsible for all materials needed for the display including props, tables, etc. The entries will be on display to the public. Entries will be judged on interpretation, scale, color harmony, and design mechanics. The winner will be announced at the convention on Sunday, August 13th, 2017.
A $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to the winning designer for advance study in Floral Design.
NC State Dogwood Cup
The Dogwood Cup competition will have a new twist this year! The competition will be presented as an on-stage program where designers will be interpreting the idea of "Life of a Mountain Bog", an art exhibit that will be on display at the Arboretum. Each contestant will be given a table space to work on. Designs will be done on a 32"x30" removable board, as they will be left on display the entire next week at the Arboretum and also featured on our new website. All designs must fit on the provided board or will be disqualified. Each participating designer will be provided with the same flowers. The competition will be limited to the first 10 entries, so get your entry now.
The Winner's Award as yet to be determined by the Board.
Designer of the Year Competition
The number of contestants may not exceed 24. Entries will be determined by the order in which their entry was received by the contest Chairman. Contestant must be a full-time employee of a wholesale florist or voting member shop for at least six months immediately prior to the contest. Employment at a voting member's who is not limited to the same shop within said six months, but a total of six months employment in a member shop or shops prior to the contest is required. The member shop(s) must also be in good standing for six months prior to convention. "Full-time" is defined as twenty cumulative working hours per week in a voting member retail shop or shops or wholesale florist. Contestants may not use any materials or supplies other than what is provided by the committee. Only fresh and/or natural flowers and/or foliage is allowed.
The NC Designer of the Year will receive a check for two hundred fifty dollars ($250)
MASK Competition
Any person registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. All supplies and materials will be provided by the entrant. Fresh, dried, and/or permanent flowers may be used.

Only one mask per person, or should a group do coordinating masks, for example; Three little pigs, the group has to let the committee know so entry can be judged as one unit.

May be worn by the designer or a model. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. First and second place winners will be determined.
Monetary Awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.
CENTERPIECE Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Centerpiece size must be functional and not interfere with place settings, condiments, etc. Must adhere to the theme of the convention for that year. No artificial flowers allowed. Only fresh, dried or natural materials/flowers may be used. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. The wholesale price of the entry must not exceed $100 including fresh flowers, props, dried and natural materials. Entrant must submit an itemized list of materials and cost to Committee Chairperson.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place which will be procured by the TAP committee.
HEADDRESS Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Centerpiece size must be functional and not interfere with place settings, condiments, etc. Must adhere to the theme of the convention for that year. No artificial flowers allowed. Only fresh, dried or natural materials/flowers may be used. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. The wholesale price of the entry must not exceed $100 including fresh flowers, props, dried and natural materials. Entrant must submit an itemized list of materials and cost to Committee Chairperson.
Monetary prize awards will be determined by the Board,
subject to sponsorship.
Body Flowers Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. May consist of fresh flowers, dried and/or natural materials, and/or permanent botanicals. No back or neck braces will be allowed; may pin into hair or onto hat form. Two walk-throughs are allowed. Arrangements must be worn by one person without assistance. Body flowers may be worn by male or female. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.
TAP Committee will procure the Prizes.
Miniatures Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Design must fit within a five inch (5") square. The design of the miniature entry must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the Miniature Committee. Design may be fresh, dried, silk, or any combination. Each person may enter one design. Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.
Chairman brings trophies engraved to Awards Function