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Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) FAQs
CBAs are people who work for a Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN) Business Member and have successfully completed the program's written tests, as well as the CBA Practical Examination to demonstrate their knowledge of the QBN curriculum and ability to produce quality balloon work.

What is a Certified Balloon Artist? | Why should I earn my CBA? | How do I earn my CBA? | How do I find a CBA in my area?

While the QBN curriculum features systems and methods that have proven to be successful with leading balloon retailers, we recognize there are other systems and methods that also work well for many balloon businesses. The purpose of QBN testing and the CBA Practical Exam is to confirm knowledge and skill. By doing so, QBN Business Members and Pioneer Balloon Company are better able to trust CBAs with referral business because they have demonstrated their knowledge in an objective way.

What is a Certified Balloon Artist (CBA)?
Technically, a CBA is a balloon professional who has:

Professionals who earn the CBA designation have chosen to grow their businesses through networking with other balloon professionals, continuing their education, giving and receiving referrals, and taking advantage of the marketing support available to CBAs.

There are currently more than 2,000 Certified Balloon Artist professionals worldwide.

Why should I earn my CBA?
Learn more skills and earn accreditation to use in promoting your balloon services and expanding your business.

Enjoy a priority listing in the searchable Find-A-Pro directory, with the opportunity to link your listing to your Web site.

Receive special CBA discounts on QBN Marketing Resources.

How do I earn my CBA?
In the USA, you must complete the five requirements below. Outside the USA, contact the appropriate Pioneer Location for details.

1. Work for a QBN Business Member.

2. Purchase, study, and complete all of the tests in the QBN Kits: either “QBN Balloon Basics,” “QBN Balloon Deliveries & Bouquets,” and “QBN Balloon Decor” in the new and improved, DVD-based QBN Kits, OR Vols. 1-5 in the original, videotape-based QBN Kits.

3. Receive notification from Pioneer that you’ve passed each test.

4. Sign up for a CBA Practical Exam by sending in the CBA Practical Exam Sign-up Form and four Classic Balloon Decor photos with a completed Job Cost Form for each, as well as paying the US$40 exam fee (if taking the test in the USA) at least 30 days prior to the exam. Visit Shows & Events for a current listing of Practical Exam dates.

5. Prepare for and take the CBA Practical Exam. Download our Guide to Taking the CBA Practical Exam for more details and helpful hints. Also review the actual CBA Practical Exam Score Sheet. Both are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. See Viewing Tips for more information on PDF* files.

How do I find a CBA in my area?
Simply search our Find-A-Pro directory.

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