Exam

Preparing for the Exam

Study Materials:

  • Flower and Color Guide produced by the California Cut Flower Commission
  • Download the 2017 ID Exam Study list with 100 flower names for the Flower Identification Test
  • Download the CCF ID Exam Master list with 200+ flower names
  • Flower and Plant Care and Handling by the Society of American Florists (SAF)
  • The Art of Floral Design by Norah T. Hunter, Delmar Cengage Learning
  • AIFD Guide to Floral Design: Terms, Techniques and Traditions by AIFD
  • Principles of Floral Design by Pat Diehl Scace and James DelPrince
  • CCF Applicant Study Outline

CCF Exam Prep Classes:
Saturday, October 14
7:30 am – 1:30 pm
Flora Fresh, Inc.
1127 Fee Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95815
Click Here for Registration Form.


Written Exam

Flower Identification

From slide images, participants must write the common name of each and select the correct botanical name from a list. A list of 100 flower and plant names, of which 50 will be used in the test, will be provided upon registration.

Flower and Plant Care and Handling
This section will be comprised of a combination of short answers, matching and multiple-choice questions.

Floral Design
This section will be comprised of a combination of short answers, matching and multiple-choice questions on:

  • Design elements and principles
  • Color and light in floral design
  • Floral design concepts and styles
  • Considering the container
  • Techniques and mechanics

Hands-On Design

  • Flowers to wear (Corsage with demonstration of wiring technique)
  • Sympathy Arrangement (Standing Easel)
  • Hand-tied Bouquet (Wedding Design)
  • Designer’s Choice
  • Duplication Design

Judging

The completed arrangements will be judged according to:

  • Design elements and principles
  • Color and light in floral design
  • Floral design concepts and styles
  • Considering the container
  • Techniques and mechanics

Download the Judging Worksheet.


The Day of the Exam – What to Bring

All flowers, greens, containers and supplies needed to complete the required designs will be provided by CCF. Each candidate will receive identical materials.

Please bring your own tools to the exam. A recommended list will be included in the information packet. No dictionaries and/or other written and/or electronic aids are allowed during testing, unless specifically required by a disability.


Results

The results of your exams will be sent to you by mail within three weeks of the exam. If you have passed the exam, your California Certified Florist Certificate of Distinction will be included.

Affiliated Colleges

City College of San Francisco

Steven W. Brown, AIFD, CCF, CFD
Department Chair
Environmental Horticulture/Floristry Department
50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, California 94112
415-239-3140

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Merritt College

Kay Wolff – AFID CFD CCF
12500 Campus College
Oakland, California 94619
(510) 436-2418

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Golden West College

Gail Call, AIFD, CFD, CCF
Floral Design & Shop Management Certificate of Achievement
15744 Golden West Street
Huntington Beach, California 92647
(714) 895-8330

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