About the CGD & CGE Program?

Launched in 2010, we've certified over 200 professionals.

The CGD program was launched in 2010 with the intention of three key points:

The Purpose of the CGD & CGE Program

We didn't create it "just because". We created to help you.

For years, florists, balloon artists and other industry have had credentials.  Credentials that meant they were professionally recognized as achieving the requirements of said program.  In a WAY smaller way, its similar to getting a degree - you went through education, did the work and were recognized with a degree at a ceremony - recognized in front of their family, friends and peers.  It meant that your degree meant something and you were recognized.

It also meant you learned something.  The program was good enough to show you something and you were humble enough to learn.  These same industry programs taught standards that were recommended you embrace and use in your own business.  

Our program is no different.  Its design to provide you with professional credentials, teach you something and share recommendations that you consider for your business. It's meant to make you better and provide you with a level of pride within the industry by holding those credentials.  It's also a conversation starter - often times our potential clients don't take what we do seriously.  Tell that client that things you're a little crafting business that you hold a professional certification from the industry's association and then smile.

Smile because you've achieved something that will contribute to you personally and professionally.

The Process

1.  Anyone can be certified.  There are no requirements to become certified but in order to receive certification, you have to pass.

2.  Once approved, you'll be given access to the online program in GEAR.  

3.  The program has two parts.  Part One is to complete the online course including passing a short quiz at the end.  Part Two   is a visual confirmation by a CGE that you can make a gift basket based one of the techniques taught in the course.  This can be done at the National Gift Basket Convention or over video.

4.  Once you've passed, you'll be issued a certificate at the National Gift Basket Convention or if you are unable to attend, the certificate will be mailed to you.

After Certification

Once you receive your certification, we ask that you consider implementing what you learned into your business.  This isn't just about the credentials, its about becoming a better business owner and designer. 

You will receive a badge you can put on your website to note your certification. We also recommend you add it to your business card and marketing materials.

The Certified Gift Educator Program

Consider working towards becoming a Certified Gift Educator when it's time.  That means when you have mastered a concept, skill and/or technique that you are willing to share with others.  This program teaches you how to communicate/teach properly to keep the attention of your "students".  It also shows you how to use our system and process to prepare to create your class.  GEAR offers a revenue share opportunity for classes that are not free.  You may also have any opportunity to teach at The National Gift Basket Convention and contribute to Trends and Tips Digital Magazine.

If you're interested in becoming a CGE and have already passed the CGD course, please complete this form. The program is currently under development and scheduled for release in February of 2020.