Train to be a Judge


Before applying for floristry judges training it is important that you read and understand the important information contained here.

The role of a judge requires exceptional inter-personal and communications skills coupled with a strong sense of professionalism, plus a great knowledge of floristry techniques and design, and the ability to maintain private or confidential information out of the public arena.

Trainee judges may not enter local, national or international competitions.

Floristry judging training will take place over a period of two years, to be eligible to take the final examination you must complete at least three training days plus several shadow judging assignments.

It should be noted that accreditation might be withdrawn at any time in the event of un-professional behavior liable to bring disrepute to the organization, criminal prosecution, upheld complaints or failure to comply with the code of ethics.

Our goal is to raise standards across the industry by offering a uniform judging platform, which upholds the high values of the UK Floristry Judges Guild.

The training days will take place at different venues around the country.


Any travel or accommodation costs for all training days and shadow judging is to be borne by the trainee judge.

The floristry judges training is rigorous, completing the training days and taking the examination does not automatically mean you will pass the examination and become accredited as a floristry judge. Candidates are continually evaluated throughout the training sessions; shadow judging, and supervised practical judging sessions before being allowed to move forward to the final certification examination.

Trainee judges should be aware that there is no guarantee of being finally accepted as a UK Guild Judge and only those who have shown the necessary skill sets and professionalism will by allowed to sit the final exam paper.

By participating in the UK Floristry Judges Guild training programme, the candidates are explicitly confirming that they understand the terms and conditions and agree to be bound by the judging conventions of the organization. These conventions include the premise that "The judging panel's decision is final" and that no appeals for remarking, exceptions, leniency or errors will be entertained in the final examination.

Any unsuccessful candidate may re-apply for accreditation once another training opportunity arises. Inclusion on future courses is not automatically guaranteed to ensure fair opportunities for others.

These intensive training days cover all aspects of floristry judging and will build up knowledge and judging skills. This will include the following;

  • UK Floristry Judges Guild Code of Ethics
  • UK Floristry Judges Guild Criteria
    • Judging Facets.
      • Idea
      • Colour
      • Composition
      • Technique
  • Practical Judging Sessions
  • How to Prepare for a Judging Assignment.
  • Discernment – how to award marks.
  • The disciplines of the competition room
  • How to give a commentary
  • Shadow Judging
  • How to write a floristry competition schedule.
  • Open judging

The Final Examination will consist of a written examination, a practical judging examination and a verbal commentary.