Ava-Marie of Ava’s Party Designs in Bethel, CT recently earned Certified Balloon Artist (CBA®) status. Ava-Marie was one of a select group of balloon professionals who successfully completed a series of tests, including oral and practical examinations. The certification was administered by the Qualatex Balloon NetworkSM (QBN®), a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in balloon decor and bouquets. There are currently more than 2,500 Certified Balloon Artist professionals worldwide.
“The education I’ve received as a result of pursuing my CBA designation will be invaluable in helping me provide high-quality, professional balloon products and services to everyone in the Fairfield County area,” said Ava-Marie Sealey.
To achieve certification, CBA candidates are required to:
1. Satisfactorily complete a series of exams;
2. Apply knowledge of skills and techniques by designing and
building professional balloon deliveries, arrangements, and decor;
3. Demonstrate their understanding of design theories, delivery
techniques, and business systems through an oral presentation to
a panel of industry leaders.
Participants in the CBA Practical Exams are graded according to their knowledge of theory as well as the application of key design elements. In preparation for the CBA exams, Ava was required to study a series of educational DVDs and written materials produced by Pioneer® Balloon Company, manufacturer of Qualatex® brand balloons and developer of the Qualatex Balloon Network.
The CBA certification process is a key program in the Qualatex Balloon Network, which establishes industry standards and guidelines for balloon professionals. QBN supports balloon professionals through education, business systems, and marketing.
The QBN curriculum focuses on all aspects of the professional balloon industry, including balloon arrangements, deliveries, and decor for social expression, parties, and special events. QBN also serves as an international resource of ideas and solutions for its members. There are more than 6,000 QBN members worldwide.