Local Balloon Professional Earns Worldwide Recognition as Certified Balloon Artist

Melissa Sherk

By Melissa Sherk

Melissa Sherk of Balloon in a Box Canada in Ingersoll, ON recently earned Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) status. Melissa 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 approximately 2,000 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 Oxford County area,” said Melissa.

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 world 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, Melissa 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 retailers through education, business systems, and marketing.

“Balloon in a Box Canada is all things balloon! We take your ideas and turn them into colourful realities” states Melissa. “Whether you need a professional helium arrangement, a balloon twister, or a complete party package tailored to your budget, I can help” she adds.

To see the difference a balloon professional can do, you can see the photo gallery online, on facebook under Balloon in a Box Canada, or simply call 519-476-5135.

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