Becoming a licensed florist in Louisiana requires meeting certain qualifications set by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. To qualify for the Retail Florist License, applicants must pass a written exam with a fee of $114 and pay a separate fee of $100 for the license itself.
In order to take the written exam, applicants must submit a completed application form and the exam fee to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Once the application is approved, applicants will receive an email with instructions on how to register for the exam. The exam is administered by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam covers topics such as floral design, plant identification, business operations, and customer service.
Once applicants have passed the written exam, they must submit a completed license application form and the license fee to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Upon approval, applicants will receive their Retail Florist License. The license must be renewed every two years and requires applicants to complete a minimum of four hours of continuing education.
By meeting the qualifications and passing the written exam, applicants can become a licensed florist in Louisiana. This license allows them to purchase and sell flowers and plants, provide floral design services, and operate a retail florist business.