Did you know the Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA®) accredits home staging training schools?

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RESA Accredited 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)


RESA Accredited Training Providers 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



Posted by

Shell Brodnax, CEO of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA)

The Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) is a member governed trade association for Home Stagers. 



Staging & Design Network Home Staging Industry Leader of the Year 2011

Stevie Award Finalists Best Executive Finalist 2010

Stevie Award Finalist Best Executive 2009

Central Valley Women’s Council of REALTORS® Business Woman of the Year 2007



Comments (5)

Donna Ross
Room Remedy Interiors, Sydney, Australia - Salton City, CA
Home Decorating, House Staging, Sydney

Shell, such great information provided here. I tip my hat off to you and the greater RESA community for taking such a proactive approach in setting a professional and complete training standard.

I do hope that more and more training providers will support RESA's goal in giving students a level of training they can aspire to.

Thanks for letting us know. 

Apr 11, 2011 06:04 PM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Shell, recently when a RE agent turned over my card and saw that I belong to an association, as he does, he was really impressed.  Kudos to you again for all that you do!

Apr 12, 2011 04:44 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Shell -- RESA is filling a big void in the home staging industry by promoting best practices in home staging training.  It's about time that a neutral professionally-run organization stepped in to help raise standards and ensure that consumers who want to pursue training have the best information.  Thanks for all of your hard work on behalf of the staging industry!

Apr 12, 2011 05:25 AM
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Shell: I'm glad you are publicizing this aspect of RESA more. Its important for stagers to know that RESA is watching their back. As Maureen said:

It's about time that a neutral professionally-run organization stepped in to help raise standards and ensure that consumers who want to pursue training have the best information.

Apr 13, 2011 03:07 AM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

I 2nd the praise for having RESA set the standards for training!!  GREAT work!!

Apr 15, 2011 10:56 AM