Educational & Certification Courses

Hands on Courses for Certification

Sympathy Design Styles and Techniques
Funeral flowers are more than an expression of sympathy; they are symbols of faith and respect. In this workshop you will learn the Western Line, Standing Sprays and Mechanics, Casket Covers, Wreaths, Cremation and Memorial Services and more.
Current Design Styles and Techniques
In this workshop you will construct several of the most noteworthy and practical design styles – vase arrangements, vegetative, formal linear and parallel designs.
Wedding Design Styles and Techniques
A florist can make or break their reputation through their wedding flowers. In this workshop you will learn Corsages, Boutonnieres, Hairpieces, Hand-Tied Bouquets and more.

Marathon Weekends
Twin Cities Area
Location and Time: TBA
Instructor: TBA
$100 Per Student MNSFA member
$150 Per Student Non Member

Online courses for Certification

$75 Per Student MNSFA member
$100 Per Student Non Member

Principles of Design
This course might well be called “Tools of Design”. These principles are not arbitrary rules: they are constant guidelines.
Concepts of the Care and Handling of Foliage and Flowering Plants
Plants add a touch to our homes and brighten our indoor surroundings. In the course you will learn the Plant’s Morphology, the Plant’s Physiology, Plant Nomenclature and much more.
Care and Handling of Cut Flowers and Foliage
Cut flowers, even though they have been separated from the parent plant, are living, actively metabolizing plant parts. You will explore the factors affecting quality, tips for handling roses, pre-treatments and Care and Handling Terms.
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.
Delivery Made Simple
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 the floral industry has to keep customers coming to our shops.
The Art of Effective Visual Merchandising
Merchandising is anything that you do to develop your business and move your product. The course will show you how to prepare a merchandising calendar, explain productive use of space, design, lighting, signage and much more.
Employee Relations
A business cannot function effectively without people. Too many business owners and managers tend to neglect the human side of their operation. This course addresses locating qualified people, hiring techniques, interviewing, training, motivation and much more.
Advertising and Promotion
In today’s advertising market the consumer is over exposed to commercial messages. You must get noticed. This course will provide you tools for success.
Daily Business Procedures
The goal of Daily Business Procedures is to acquaint the individual with the basic definitions and business procedures needed to operate a floral shop on a day to day basis.