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Q: Is there a specific time of day that I must sign on to take my exam?
A: You may sign in to take your exam at your convenience at any time, day or night.

Q: Is there a time limit on the test?
A: Yes, there is a time limit. If you are taking the PFDE exam (the same exam students take after being invited to become a CFD) you will have 45 minutes to complete the test. If you are taking the AIFD Evaluator exam you will have 55 minutes to finish.

Q: What happens if I don’t pass the PFDE Online Exam? Do I have to pay for another exam?
A: If you are taking the PFDE Online Exam, should you fail the exam the first time you take it, you will have an opportunity to retest free of charge. You may take that test immediately or take some time to study before taking it again. If you fail a second time, you must re-register through AIFD Headquarters to take the test again and pay an additional testing fee of $50. The PFDE Online exam must be completed successfully (80% or higher grade).

Q: How do I login if I need to use my second attempt?
A: You will receive your score immediately after completing your exam. If you do not pass, you are already logged in, so if you’d like you may retest immediately. Or if you would like to study more (recommended), you may log out and sign in again with your same credentials. You have two opportunities to test before being required to pay for additional exams.

Q: What happens if I fail both times I take the PFDE Online Exam? How do I re-register and pay to take the PFDE exam again?
A: You will need to contact AIFD Headquarters at (443) 966-3850 or via e-mail at and the staff will provide you with further instructions on how to prepare for testing again. You will receive this information in an email format should you not pass your second time.

Q: What constitutes a passing grade?
A: You must score 80% or better to pass the exam.

Q: How will I know if I passed?
A: Once you submit the exam, you will receive immediate pass/fail notification.

Q: How do I log in to take my exam?
A: You will login using the login/password credentials that were emailed to you.

Q: Are there deadlines to take the exam and qualify for CFD candidacy?
A: All Candidates who wish to participate in the hands-on portion of the PFDE must pass the online exam portion of the PFDE no later than two months out from the live hands on portion of PFDE. For instance, if you are taking the PFDE in July, you must complete your online test with a passing grade by no later than May 1 of that year.

Q: What information is the PFDE Online exam based on? How can I prepare?
A: The exam covers information detailed in The AIFD Guide to Floral Design: Terms, Techniques, and Traditions. You can achieve the best results by reading and studying the information provided there. In addition, you should refer to the Written Assessment Objectives to further guide your study sessions.

Q: What happens if my computer crashes or the test is interrupted due to Internet failure?
A: As you answer questions the system will record your answers. In the event of a shut down or
Internet malfunction that is out of your control, the system will place you back in the test where
you left off.