I took Melissa's Design Specialist training course in January 2007.
I have been extremely busy since I completed the training. Melissa set me up with my first 2 jobs, and has referred several others to me since then. I am in constant contact with her - for any type of question or concern. She always answers her phone or returns my messages or emails very promptly.
Melissa also has set up a great website for the company, and individual sites for each Design Specialist. I believe this is key to a person's/company's success in this day and age. The website is just one example of the high standards she has, and conveys to her classes. We received top quality business cards, postcards, letterhead, brochures and several other marketing items to get our business started.
First Impressions offers a very comprehensive 5-day training course. She spends time on each aspect of home staging and redesign, as well as marketing and starting your on business. This total package allows you to decide for your self which area you would like to specialize in, and gives you the basics for every avenue.
Melissa truly cares for her trainees and wants to see everyone succeed in this business. I highly recommend not only First Impressions training, but also becoming a fully-certified Design Specialist.