TSFA Level 1 Certification Instruction Video

  TSFA Level 2 Certification Instruction Video

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  Level 1 Certification FAQs

Q. Is the Certification always the same design?

A. Yes.  The certification is always going to be the same design.  This teaches the students the Principles and Elements and how to apply them.

Q. Is the Grading Rubric Available and is there a way to get a copy of the Grading Rubric?

A. Yes.  The Grading Rubric for Level 1 ad Level 2 can be found on our website under Teachers/Level 1 & 2 HS Certification. Scroll down to the middle of the page for all study material.

Q. Is there a way to access the pre-recorded video at TSFA.org?

A. Yes.  The Level 1 and Level 2 videos will be available 24/7 at tsfa.org under TSFA classroom.

Q. Do the carnations need to be cleaned of leaves and does statice need to be shaved before inserting onto wet floral foam?

A. No, carnations do not need to be cleaned of all leaves.  Students must clean the bottom of the stem for easier insertion into the wet floral foam.  Statice can be shaved toward the bottom as well for easy insertion and stabilization once inserted into the wet floral foam.

Q. What time of year do students test?

A. Students typically test in the Spring semester, however there are some opportunities that may be available in the Fall.

Q. What are some common mistakes seen at the Level 1 testing?

A. Make sure the Skeleton is correct, everything should flow with the arrangement as long as that is correct.  Here are some common mistakes seen at testing:

- Filler does not radiate out from Symmetrical Arrangement
- Too much Leather Leaf is used on the Symmetrical Arrangement
- The stems are left too long on Boutonniere

- Wire shows at bottom of Rose stem on Boutonniere
- Pigtails/Curley Cews are made on the Rose Boutonniere


   Level 2 Certification FAQs

Q. What is the best way to insert the filler flowers for the Asymmetrical Arrangement?

A. Follow the design that is established with carnations.  Low on the right hand side.  The key is to create depth.  The miniature carnations go in deeper and are what lead the eye into the arrangement.

Q. Is it better to use Pittosporum or Israeli Ruscus for the Crescent Corsage? 

A. Pittosporum is easier to come by. Pittosporum can be grown in green houses or around the school and can be used for practice in class.  Israeli Ruscus should be used as a substitution if Pittosporum is unavailable.

Q. What are some common mistakes seen at testing on Level 2 Arrangements?

A. Flowers barely in the wet floral foam and are too loose.  Not enough depth created.  Some tend to look more like a Symmetrical Arrangement from Level 1 rather than being the Asymmetrical Arrangement.

Q. For the myrtle, is it best to put one up straight and 1 out to the right on the long side or both in the back going up but at different heights?

A. Place one straight up left of the #1 flower and one to the right following #3 flower.

Q. Do roses come without thorns for the rose vase arrangement testing?

A. No. Students will have to remove thorns once testing begins. They will not be counted off for having a few thorns left on the roses.  Judges look at the mechanics of each arrangement.

Q. What length of roses should be ordered when practicing at school?

A. 50-60 CM roses should be ordered when practicing at school.

Q. If there is a weak rose, does it need to be wired?

A. No.  If a student receives a rose that is too damaged to work with, they may exchange it before the testing begins. If there are a few weak roses, it is recommended that they are used toward the bottom of the arrangement and the stronger ones are used toward the top.

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