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Thank you for your interest in our Floral Design program! There is something in our program for everyone! Our floral design courses are designed for flower lovers of all kinds.

AACC is an Education Partner of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD®). Our comprehensive curriculum embraces the criteria required for AIFD certification and is dedicated to providing professional, on-trend, instruction for anyone who simply loves flowers or is interested in a successful floral career. To learn more about the industry certification requirements, visit the American Institute of Floral Designers website.

AIFD Certified Floral Designation

How do I obtain my Certified Floral Designation (CFD®) through AACC?

Step 1

Successfully complete the classes on the AACC recommended course list for Floral Design or certify that you have the requisite experience in and knowledge about the course material.

Step 2

  • Purchase "The AIFD Guide to Floral Design.”
  • Take the following required Advanced Floriculture Core Curriculum*:

            FLR-351  Floral Design: Principles of Design

            FLR- 353 Floral Design: Design Applications

            FLR- 354 Floral Design: Design Styles

            FLR- 355 Floral Design: Advanced Mechanics and Techniques Sections Coming Soon

  •  Have your work evaluated by taking:

            FLR-352  Floral Design: Analysis and Critique 

* Note: For students who have completed FLR-345 Foundations of Floral Design: Part 2 or FLR-310 Floriculture 3, all courses are highly recommended, only FLR-352 Floral Design Analysis and Critique is required.

Step 3

  • Create a portfolio of four compositions to submit for formal evaluation.
  • Attain score above 3.2 on a 5-point scale on the "Floral Design Capstone Portfolio Assessment" (FLR-357) class at AACC.

Step 4

Complete the AIFD® online test and receive an 80% or higher.
Note: There is a fee and completion time limit. Visit the American Institute of Floral Design website for requirements.

Floral Design Recommended Course List

If interested in pursuing your CFD® with the American Institute of Floral Design, we recommend you successfully complete the classes listed below, in addition to required classes listed in steps 2 and 3.

FLR-344 Introduction to Floral Design
FLR-343 Fundamentals of Floral Design
FLR-345 Foundations of Floral Design: Part 2
FLR-346 Sympathy Flowers: Sprays and Arrangements
FLR-347 Personal Wedding Flowers
FLR-349 Flowers to Wear
FLR-336 Flower Identification A-Z



FLR-336 Flower Identification A-Z Online

FLR-344 Introduction to Floral Design Online

FLR-343 Foundations of Floral Design Online

FLR-346 Sympathy Flowers: Sprays and Arrangements

FLR-347 Personal Wedding Flowers 

FLR-348 Seasonal Flowers Online

FLR-351 Floral Design: Principles of Design Online

FLR-353 Floral Design: Design Application Online

FLR-356 Floral Design Lab

FLR-357 Floral Design: Capstone Portfolio Online