Contemporary Techniques & Certification Prep Class

2018 Class Schedule

June 22 & 23, 2019
(Saturday & Sunday)
(9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)

The Contemporary Techniques & Certification Prep Class will expand your knowledge and vocabulary, creativity, mechanics and understanding of European and Oriental Design.  Participants will expand their use of design techniques through a detailed study of the elements and principles of design for possible participation in AIFD’s PFDE* evaluation. Learn the latest design styles such as formal linear, vegetative, interpretive, and parallel.  You will also be introduced to the newest design techniques, such as basing, binding, facing, framing, faux finishes, pavë, plaiting, shadowing, sheltering and making armatures. Ample opportunity will be available to discuss application of these new concepts to your own daily work.

Upon completion of this 16 hour class, students receive a Certificate of Completion bearing the names of the Benz School and Texas A&M University.

(*PFDE – Professional Floral Design Evaluation, a two-part program through which candidates can earn the coveted Certified Floral Designer (CFD) designation through the American Institute of Floral Designers)

Classes are held in the floral design studio at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX (Horticulture/Forest Science Building, Room 108).  The tuition is $450.00 which includes all class materials, supplies, and printed hand-out materials.   Full  payment is required at the time of your registration.

Requested refund two weeks prior to scheduled class = full refund less $50.00 admin fee
Requested refund one week prior to scheduled class = 50% refund
Requested refund less than one week prior to scheduled class = no refund

Parking is available in TAMU Lot 74.  Parking permits are not required for WEEKEND ONLY parking in Lot 74 during summer break.

Students are encouraged to bring their own set of basic tools that would include a floral knife, stem cutters/snips, wire cutters and ribbon scissors.

Online Registration Instructions – click the underlined link “Benz School MarketPlace’ link below to register for this course online.

Benz School MarketPlace   – then click on the “Classes & Workshop” thumbnail and select the course that you would like to register for.

There are many  motels/hotels in the Bryan/College Station area from which to choose.  Please click the following link for a list from the B/CS Visitors Bureau:
Lodging List from B/CS Visitor Bureau

Additional Information
For additional information, please contact Bill McKinley at 979.862.2768 or