On August 1, 2011, I passed my written and hands on tests for becoming a Certified Florist under the National Alliance of Floral Associations (NAFA) Certified Florist Program, through the Michigan Floral Association and Michigan State University. (Sorry about that OSU friends...the Ohio Floral Association has adopted this program exclusively.)
The Certified Florist Program was created in 1997 by the Michigan Floral Association and was recognized nationally by NAFA in 2008. It was establish to recognize talent and create a quality standard throughout the retail floral industry. Florists that employ a Certified Florist display a blue and gold circular seal for easier consumer recognition.
Blooming Flowers has been creating fresh floral art since 2003 and continually seeks a higher standard!