Explaining floristry competition judging from Florint

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In fitting timing following the recent RHS Chelsea Flower Show (where entries for floristry competitions are judged by a panel organised by the BFA), Florint - which is the overarching international floristry association - have shared a detailed breakdown of the judging process.

It reads, “Ever since its establishment in 1956, International Florist Organisation Florint has put a lot of effort into improving the quality level of floral design competitions. Florint has developed a complete judging system which, with its accredited judges, is now recognised as the standard in professional floral design assessment all over the world.”

Florint’s judging system consists of 3 parts:

1. A standardized measurement system based on a 100-point scale: Florint’s “100-points judging system”.

2. An accreditation system for professional floral design judges: the “Judges’ Certification”, or JudgCert.

3. A list of professional judges who have successfully passed their accreditation exams, and are now certified to perform as judges in national and/or international floristry competitions: the “Judges List”.

Just over 100 candidates have now taken part in Florint’s judges’ certification courses and have successfully completed their exams. All of them are now listed on Florint’s Judges List, which means they can judge professionally in national and/or international competition settings. These courses are organised by the national associations that are members of Florint, which in the UK is the BFA.

Florint’s explanation continues:

“The JudgCert system accredits judges only after a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s capability to perform professionally as a judge. The training and assessment cover both the theoretical and practical aspects of the judging process. The courses are given by internationally respected floral design teachers with many decades of experience. The assessments focus on judging floral design in competition settings, but also deal with assessing floristry students in an educational setting.

“The European Judges’ Certification system is based upon the competence profile for a professional international judge. This profile has been established by Florint in association with our national member associations and key partners such as Stoas University and education network Flornet.”

Its key objectives are:

• to enhance the reputation of (certified) international judges

• to function as an indicator of experience, skill and professionalism

• to provide a recognised international accreditation to European/international judges

• to encourage the development of knowledge and skills pertinent to professional judging

• to allow judges to demonstrate outstanding professionalism to peers and to potential prospects

Florint has established a standardised scoring system for floral arrangement known as the international 100-points judging system, and this system is based on the traditional principles of floral design. Since its launch about 30 years ago, the 100-points judging system is actively being used in countless floristry competitions.