Did you know the Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA®) accredits home staging training schools? RESA takes some of the difficulty and uncertainty out of choosing a home staging school or staging training provider.
Educational Accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which facilities or institution's services and operations have been examined by a third-party accrediting agency to determine if applicable standards are met. Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) has taken on the role to be the accrediting agency for the Home Staging Industry.
RESA hires outside consultants to review the training providers complete course materials as well as their policies and procedures and their fiscal soundness. RESA has established an accreditation program that follows the guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Education and we are dedicated to ensuring quality education in real estate staging.
Our goal is to protect home stagers and students seeking core or advanced home staging training. Students can rest assured the training providers accredited by RESA have undergone extensive scrutiny in order to receive accreditation.
We have determined 29 subjects that must be included in core home staging training. Here are a few examples:
· Bids- what they are, how to do them, examples of how they look
· How to handle vacant staging from beginning to end
· How to handle a occupied staging from beginning to end
· How to work with furniture rental companies
· How to choose furniture for projects
· Scale and floor plans
· Understanding Realtors and how to work with them
· Copyright law and what constitutes plagiarism for photos and web site copy, prevention and detection
In addition, the training provider must have “alumni services” (after care or access to information after the class, via a web portal)
have agreed to be held accountable with a formal student complaint process. Student may file a grievance with RESA® and the grievance is fully investigated. We work with the student and training provider to resolve the process. RESA® has the right to revoke the accreditation status for any home staging training company that doesn’t meet RESA® standards or doesn’t work to resolve any student complaints.
Why are some home staging training providers not RESA® accredited?
· They may not be aware of the program.
· They may not meet the criteria.
· They may not be supportive of RESA’s mission to be open to all home stagers.
· They may not want to invest in the accreditation.
If a training provider is not listed on RESA® does this mean their program is bad or not legit?
NO! There are many excellent training providers that are not part of the program. Participation is voluntary. We recommend that you review each program, compare them carefully and talk to past students. If a home staging training company is unwilling to provide the names and contact info for past students, that’s a red flag that should not be ignored.
For more information on RESA® please visit www.RealEstateStagingAssociation.com