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School of Home Staging Certification Course

Yes, You Can Earn a Good Living Doing What You Love…

Why Wait Any Longer? Get Your Home Staging Certification Online with SHS and Get Started Today

Home staging certification can be your ticket your dream job. And you can make it happen, even if you’ve been told that making money doing what you love is just an unattainable, silly pipe dream.

I know I was raised that way. You’re just supposed to get a job (that you may not even like, let alone love), show up every day, five days a week, stick with it, and enjoy your life only on the weekend! One day if you are lucky you can retire.

That’s what I was doing until I found home staging. That may sound like an exaggeration, but hear me out…

I’m a creative type, a natural-born designer, artist, decorator, problem-solver, and a hardworking, hands-on kind of person.

As a kid, I was always in my room making things or moving my furniture around. (Does that sound familiar to you?) I pursued art from an early age, and at the college level I stuck with studio art because the more money-making avenues for people like me just didn’t seem like a fit.

I ended up on a traditional office job path, and it was OK, but it wasn’t utilizing any of the skills that make me special.

Yes, I said it.

Our individual skills, talents, gifts make us special. And you should be able to tap into these gifts every day and get paid for it. Why not?

It was more than 20 years ago that I first learned about home staging, and fast-forward to now…

The unfulfilling jobs were left behind long ago. I’ve successfully flipped houses using my staging skills. I’ve helped countless people make more money on their home sale because of my staging skills.

And I have taught new home stagers how to follow their own dreams while earning $50, $75, $100 per hour.

When I learned how to stage homes, there weren’t any programs that I could find and it took trial and error and lots of practice. Home staging certification didn’t even exist, and neither did associations or membership fees.

The problem with home staging training programs that exist now is that these programs expect you to spend a substantial amount of money, around $1300 or more. And not everyone can make that happen, whether you’re starting out or changing careers.

And because creative types like you are “my people”… and many of us have been unable to become self-actualized, and instead we have worked in an office, or a store, or other jobs that pay the bills but are not really what we’re about, I’ve spent my career as a home staging instructor (and school founder) offering programs that are affordable.

I don’t want the program cost to be the obstacle that keeps you from this rewarding career, and from doing what you’re truly meant to do with your life. That’s my mission statement with School of Home Staging.

(By the way, I should mention the fact that there are no industry-wide certification requirements in home staging. This means you can sign up for any program and they are all equally valid. And since that is the case, why should you overpay for your certificate?)

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Now that you know what makes us tick here at SHS, let’s get into the program details…

First, I am often asked about the feasibility of learning a hands-on skill like home staging via online learning.

Over the course of the better part of two decades that I’ve been teaching home stagers, I’ve perfected my methods so that you will get plenty of practice, using rooms in your own home, a friend’s house, or a family member’s house. It works!

And yes, you can learn to be a professional home stager without spending thousands on a program.

The fact is, many of these other “schools” churn out masses of newly minted home stagers like clockwork, without giving you the proper amount of individual attention or opportunities to have your work reviewed.

When you sign up for our home staging certification program you can rest assured that you will get as much individual attention as you want (each student is different in this regard) as you move through the course.

Home staging is a great part-time business, side hustle, or full-time business because you can charge $50 and up per hour for your service, and you don’t need a lot of start-up capital. (Spending tens of thousands on furniture right out of the gate can get you into serious business trouble — we’ll show you how to avoid that.)

Home Staging Certification Program Enrollment

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For more information, see our full course outline below, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions about our program.

How does the certification course work?

It’s simple. Just read through the material, which is organized into short units.

At the end of each unit, there are assignments and practice exercises that you can complete if you wish. If you would like to turn them in for feedback, you may do so. These assignments are not required, they are simply for your own practice.

At the end of the course you will complete the final exam and we’ll review it.

Upon passing the exam, you will get your certificate in the mail shortly afterward.

How long does the certification course take?

The average time to complete the course is 2 – 4 weeks. It depends on how much time you put into it per day.

Typically, students spend about an hour per day on weekdays, and a few hours on the weekend.

It is completely up to you.

Does the course include forms?

No we do not include forms. You can choose from an array of nicely designed home staging forms on etsy for just $20 or $30, and you can select the ones that work best for you.

Why SHS is the Best Choice For Your Staging Training:

  • Affordable pricing — other programs can be exorbitantly priced
  • Valuable hands-on practice and feedback — you will have access to your instructor anytime
  • Convenient online format — no travel necessary
  • Get started any time — rolling admission means you don’t have to wait for the next session to start
  •  You set your own timeline for moving through the course — you’ll be on your own schedule and you can take a break anytime you wish
  • We’ll show you how to start earning right away — even if you don’t have the budget for major furniture and accessory purchases
  • SHS gives you something that’s very hard to find at other online schools — personal attention

Take a look at some recent student work.

With SHS, you can receive the C.H.S. (Certified Home Stager) designation that you can use as a marketing tool for your business.

The CHS certification is an evaluation process that lets you and your future clients know that you’re an expert who can deliver a high-quality, valuable service.

If you want a program led by an experienced instructor that will really spend time looking at your work, offer feedback, and help you anytime you need it, SHS is for you.

You’ll receive your CHS designation certificate in the mail within 7-10 business days after passing the final exam.


Student Feedback:

“I’m happy with how much I got out of this training and the cost of the certification was so worth it.” Vanessa S., Santa Rosa, CA
“I really enjoyed the course material and the delivery. Very well done.” Phil, Spring, TX
“One of my favorite things about this was all the practice I got following the course, so the exam was no prob :)” Jamie S., Hillsboro, OR
“I am so glad I took your class. When I researched online classes yours really stuck out to me… You came up with a way to offer an affordable yet hands on course with lots of helpful material to learn from. The course was laid out well and simple, yet thorough. I learned a lot and it provided a wonderful foundation for anyone wanting to get into home staging.” Dana S., Chicagoland area

Choose Your Home Staging Certification Course:

Option 1: Professional Home Staging Online Course (with Business Start-Up Guide)

Learn how to create spaces that buyers will love, utilize home staging psychology, and stage any home no matter what kind of budget you’re working with.

You’ll also find out everything you need to know to get started making $50-150+ per hour doing consultations or hands-on projects, without having to invest in a warehouse full of furniture and accessories.

Here is a list of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Introduction
  • Reasons for staging real estate
  • 7 common home staging challenges and how to handle them
  • Using color in home staging
  • Which colors can actually help boost the sale price
  • Color & human response
  • Decorating & style tips specifically for staging
  • 7 interior design principles you need to know
  • Home staging checklist
  • Step-by-step instructions for exterior and interior spaces
  • Vacant homes
  • How to stage a bedroom
  • How to stage a kitchen
  • How to stage a bathroom
  • How to engage buyers with home staging psychology
  • Real estate staging props and how to use them
  • Business start-up guide
  • How to set your fees
  • Handling client meetings and consultations
  • Getting your website set up, no matter what your budget looks like
  • Writing effective marketing copy for your website
  • Easy networking ideas (that you won’t hate doing)
  • What a good contract should look like
  • And more

Unlimited instructor access via email (replies will be made during business hours). Ask questions, get help with staging projects, critiques, feedback, website setup advice, etc. while you’re taking the course.

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Includes certification and instructor feedback. Certificate sent via US mail.


Option 2: Elite Home Staging Online Course (with Business Start-Up Guide) & 60 Extra Days of Instructor Guidance

This is a great option if you want someone to help you stay focused, stay on track, and hold you accountable so that you reach your goal!

You know how sometimes you perform wonderfully during a class, but when it’s over, your discipline wanes? Somehow the time that you devoted to the course has evaporated, and soon you find that you’re no longer making progress…

It happens to all of us at some point, “life gets in the way”…

The Elite Course is designed to cut through all of that, so that you keep going! (This is the course I designed with myself in mind, because if I’d had a guide — someone to hold me accountable as I got started with home staging — it would have cut some time off of the process and eliminated mistakes.)

With our Elite program you get everything that’s included in the Professional Course, plus an add-on that no other program can match: you’ll get 60 days of instructor access via email, phone, and text!

This bonus can make the difference for you as you get started. Your instructor, Carrie Miller, will be here for you when you have questions, need advice, want to ask for help with a specific home staging issue, and will just generally be your guide and cheerleader.

Think about how much progress you can make in 60 days if you have extra help!

Includes certification, instructor feedback, and 60 extra days of instructor guidance. Certificate sent via US mail.

Note: because of the time commitment that we make to you when you sign up, we take a limited number of students into the Elite course per month. If you see the ‘Sign Up’ button below it means enrollment is currently open. If not, please check back, we’d love to help you!

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If you have a moment, please let us know what challenges you have faced when seeking home staging training. We are always looking for ways to improve and serve you better.

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