Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Staging Studio?

While there is no licensing required to become a stager, certification through a recognized training program is essential to your success. The Staging Design Professional™ Pro, Expert, and Master Level courses will prepare you in every way to launch and grow your staging career. When you complete the course, you will be able to download your certificate with the prestigious Staging Design Professional™ designation (SDP™). For more info, we wrote a blog about this here.

Both RESA and IAHSP have accredited our courses. There are only a very few training programs that have passed the rigorous RESA accreditation process. They are serious about making sure that we are financially sound, are insured, and cover the prescribed objectives. RESA even vets every quoted statistic in our courses. 

Unlike many courses out there, this one was created by a team of stagers who are in the trenches, actively staging homes on a daily basis. Our company has grown from a little idea to one of the largest and most successful staging teams in the world. You get to benefit from our experience, as well as our mistakes.

Principles of great design are the basis for everything you will learn. You will be able to confidently articulate the strategic reasons for every staging recommendation you make.

Our training includes a color module, unlike many other training companies. Although we do offer a Master Color Consultant™ course that goes more in depth, there is a full module on color in the Staging Design Professional™ online training. Confidence in color selections of tile, paint, and fabric is essential to being a Staging Design Professional™.

For more info on this, read our blog.

Absolutely! You will discover so many ways to improve and enhance your staging business. You have been using your amazing intuition, but now you will have the tools and skills to take it to the next level. Here are just a few things you will learn:

• Design principles so that you can truly speak with confidence and expertise

• How to connect with Realtors

• Define and understand common real estate terms

• How to implement your marketing plan

• 5-minute sales presentation

We are so glad you asked because this is something that we are passionate about.

It’s wonderful to transform houses, but even better is to transform lives. When you invest in your success through Staging Studio’s Training, you’re not only investing in yourself, but you’re also helping families, women, and children improve their lives. Upon registration for your course, Staging Studio will donate 10%. Check out our partners here.

The Staging Studio Society is a Facebook Group where you can post questions and share your experience with other stagers. We host regular Facebook Live sessions and encourage members to use #AskStagingStudio to submit questions. This is an invaluable ongoing resource.

Registration & Payment

Immediately! Your online training access begins as soon as you complete the registration process.

We are so confident that this course will be invaluable to you, that if you are dissatisfied with the training, we offer a full refund. We simply ask that you complete the full training before making a judgment on its merits.

Absolutely. Certified SDP™ Expert Level Stagers may upgrade to the Master Level for $1950 to attend Staging Studio's in-person workshop in San Antonio. A payment plan is available. Pro Level Stagers may upgrade to the Expert or Master Levels as well. Contact us for more details.

Most of our classes take place online, but the Master Class is at our San Antonio training facility. In order to provide the opportunity to stage both an occupied and a vacant home, we need access to our inventory of furnishings, moving truck, crew, client list, etc here in San Antonio. You will also benefit from seeing a large staging company and its systems in action. Therefore, at this time the live training is only offered in San Antonio.

We hold nothing back in this course - we give away the farm! Since we openly share so much proprietary information about our pricing, marketing, and business model, the Master Class is not available to San Antonio or Austin stagers. 

Each course purchased is for one student only and may not be shared at all. Staging Studio retains the copyright to all of the training provided. It is intended for the use of our students only. You are free to use the forms and checklists in your own business, but please do not distribute in any other way without express permission.

When you and a friend sign up together for the Expert Level, each will receive $100 off. Contact us for the applicable code.

No! Once you earn your SDP™ designation, it is yours for life! If you want continued access to the course and any updates after one year, there is an option to subscribe to an annual membership.

So glad you asked. You're not the only one. We have heard you and are working on rolling out a membership program that would provide updated information, continuing education, industry interviews, coaching and support, content such as posts, blogs, and email templates for you to use in your own marketing and social media campaigns. Keep watching your email and social media for upcoming announcements about this and please let us know what types of information would be most helpful to you. Our goal is to provide everything you need to flourish in the staging industry. In the meantime, let us know what resources & support you are looking for!

We believe women the home staging industry should be open to all women who love home decor and have the entrepreneurial drive to start their own business. We also believe that training is an essential part of building a successful business. Although our prices are kept as low as possible for everyone, we recognize that some need assistance. The scholarship fund is for stagers, from stagers. Click here to fill out the scholarship application.

Taking the Courses

Easy as ABC. You will be guided through step-by-step and can track your progress as you move through the modules. You must pass each SDP assessment with 80% accuracy to receive credit.

Learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. We suggest taking 15 days to cover the 15 modules. You could conceivably power through in a couple of days, or take as much time as you need, up to one full year. Each of the video modules is between 10 and 45 minutes long and includes a short quiz at the end.

Everything you need to get rolling and to grow your business is included. We figured it all out the hard way, so you don’t have to.

Yes! No need to reinvent the wheel. There are a bajillion forms, contracts, checklists, etc that we have already created for you to customize. These are the papers that we developed over the years and use every day.

We are not messing around. You will know your stuff after completing the training! To make sure you are picking up what we are putting down, you must pass a short quiz at the end of each video module. Relax - It's not rocket science, and you can re-take as many times as you need to.

Master Class

We don't know of any other training course that provides the same foundation in design, color, business, marketing, and branding. The 3-day Master Level training is so jam-packed, it is important for everyone to come to it with the same supporting education. For that reason, you must complete the online portion of the course prior to attending.

Of course, the online portion can be accessed anywhere in the world that has wifi. The Master Level hands-on workshop is based from our warehouse at 1516 W. Contour, San Antonio, TX. From there, we will caravan to the homes that we will stage, so you really just need to get to the warehouse and back each day.

Staging Studio will provide continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the 3 days of training. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, but you can probably count on Torchy’s Tacos at least one day, if our office manager has her way.

Check out our day-by-day Master Class schedule here.

Business casual for the first day and casual for the next 2 days. Keep in mind that our local weather is usually pretty hot, so check the forecast before you pack. You will be on your feet a good bit, so wear comfortable shoes.

Training is scheduled 9-5 for the hands-on sessions, including Q/A time. On the second evening, you have the option of meeting us for dinner at a local restaurant (dutch treat), but other evenings you are free to explore our beautiful city on your own or with some of your classmates. San Antonio is a favorite tourist destination, so you may want to add a day or 2 to taste more margaritas.

Uber or Lyft are very convenient and inexpensive options in San Antonio. You will need to make your way to and from the warehouse each day, but can easily catch a ride with us from there to the stagings and back to the warehouse or Aloft hotel.

Any friend of yours is a friend of ours. If you register together, each receives $100 off the Master Level course. Contact us for this discount code.

In the event of an emergency that makes it impossible for an applicant to attend the Master Class after registering, we will do our best to transfer you to an alternate scheduled date. For changes more than 45 days before the class begins, a $200 transfer fee will apply. For changes less than 45 days ahead, a $500 transfer fee will apply. Any cancellation less than 14 days from the class start date forfeits the course fees and the right to transfer to another date. Refunds will not be granted unless the decision to cancel has been made by Staging Studio. In this case, student has the option of a full refund or transfer to another scheduled date.

Which Course Is Right for Me?

The SDP™ Professional course was created just for you! You will gain all of the skills and confidence to be a staging phenomenon, without having to pay for the business and marketing modules that are not necessary for you.

The SDP™ Professional Level was designed for the stagers on your team. They will gain all of the skills to stage confidently, without learning how to start their own business and become your competitors.

The SDP™ Expert Course is completely online and includes everything you need to rock your staging career. There are 15 training modules, plus all of the forms, contracts, and checklists that we use in our own business. You get one hour of personal coaching over the phone with Debbie or Julie, and your SDP™ logo to use on your website and marketing material.

The SDP™ Expert Level is completely online and will transform your business. You will gain so much knowledge and insight into how to upgrade your staging, while increasing profits. You already have the eye and the intuition. This training will give you the design principles and vocabulary to articulate the 'why' behind your recommendations. Also included are all of the forms, contracts, checklists, etc that we use every day in our own staging business. Plus one hour personal coaching phone call with Debbie or Julie.

The Master course is for you! Online training followed by 3 days of intensive experience in San Antonio. We will stage an occupied and a vacant home, tour our warehouse, and learn from the entire Staging Studio team. This is seriously the very best stager training on the planet.

At Staging Studio, we are passionate about helping you be confident and successful in your staging career. We believe that to be the very best stager, you must have a solid foundation in design principles and color, as well as the marketing, systems, and set-up side of running your business. The Expert and Master courses are perfect for you.

For more info on what the differences are in each SDP™ level, click here.