Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Staging Studio?

While there is no licensing required to become a home stager, certification through a recognized training program is essential to your success. The Staging Design Professional™ online staging certification course 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™).

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™.

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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. Don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself:

“As the owner of a home staging business for over 5 years, this course taught me that there is still a lot to learn about operating and growing a home staging business.” - Jennifer Lipman, Staging Design Professional™

“Do not hesitate in taking this course! I have been in the design business for seven years and I gained so much useful knowledge. I feel completely ready to hit the ground running in this next chapter of my business life!” - Jessica Gruber, Staging Design Professional™

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

Staging Studio donates a portion of all course fees to the scholarship fund. By investing in your home staging education, you are also investing in others!  Learn more 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.

Which Course Is Right for Me?

Our Staging Design Professional™ certification course will teach you everything you need to know to start and run your own home staging business. We cover everything from staging design principles to the business of staging, including marketing and pricing. The course also includes over 50 forms and documents that you can download and customize to use in your own home staging business every day. Plus a one-hour small-group coaching session with our lead stagers.

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The Staging Design Professional™ certification 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 a one-hour group coaching call with Staging Studio Co-Founders Debbie or Julie, and your SDP™ logo to use on your website and marketing material.

The Staging Design Professional™ course 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 online 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 group coaching phone call with one of our co-founders.

After completing the online training, you are eligible to come to the Master Class – a life changing 3-day workshop in our state-of-the-art stager training center in San Antonio, TX.

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 course 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.

At Staging Studio, we are passionate about helping you be confident and successful in your staging career. We believe that to be a successful home stager, you must have a solid foundation in design principles and color, as well as the marketing, systems, and set-up your staging business. The SDP™ Expert course and in-person Master Class experience are perfect for you.

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

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. SDP™ Pro Stagers may upgrade to the Expert Level. Contact us for more details. Certified SDP™ Expert Stagers are uniquely qualified to attend Staging Studio's in-person workshop in San Antonio, the Master Class.

Most of our classes take place online, but the Master Class is only offered in San Antonio, Texas. This is where our own staging business is located. Instead of meeting at one of your competitor’s businesses – or in a hotel meeting room – we have built a state-of-the-art stager training facility at our staging warehouse and showroom.

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 Staging Design Professional™ Expert course, 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! 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. The course consists of 15 pre-recorded video lessons with corresponding quizzes that you can rewatch and retake as many times as you’d like for a year. You must pass each SDP assessment with 80% accuracy to receive credit. After each lesson, you simply mark as complete and continue moving through the course.

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.

If you would like to market your services on our Find A Stager map, you will need to fill out this submission form.

This is an exclusive marketing tool for active Staging Studio members. If your course has expired, you will need to renew access before completing the submission form.

Master Class

We don't know of any other training course that provides the same foundation in design, color, business, marketing, and branding. The Master Class 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 SDP™ Expert Level course prior to attending.

Of course, the online portion can be accessed anywhere in the world that has WiFi. The Master Class is located at our state-of-the-art stager training facility, “The Studio,” in San Antonio, TX.

We will have a professional photographer onsite to capture you staging in action. These photos will be great for your staging portfolio and social media, so dress in a way that is comfortable for active staging, but also what you would want on your website. Keep in mind that our local South Texas 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.

Any friend of yours is a friend of ours. If you register together, each receives $100 off the Master Class. We highly recommend business partners coming together, but the class is limited in size and each participant must be registered on their own. 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 for the Master Class will not be granted unless the decision to cancel has been made by Staging Studio.