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Home Staging

photo of elegant home interior Fall 2015 Courses
Maintaining Certification
About the Instructors

About the Certificate Program

Start your own home staging business today! Earn the Certified Staging Professionals® (CSP®) designation when you take this three-day intensive program. Whether you are a builder, decorator, designer, organizer, real estate agent, or someone wanting to build a staging business or work in the staging business—this program is for you!

Purchase College is proud to partner with the Certified Staging Professionals® to offer an intensive, comprehensive program taught through hands-on interaction, group exercises, role play, and in-depth practical application of work samples geared to prepare the participants to enter the staging industry with the confidence and experience necessary to succeed.

Be recognized immediately as a staging expert and take advantage of the opportunities to secure testimonials and before and after photos for your portfolio. Receive ongoing support through the private online Student Resource Center and Forum. Earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs).

Call CSP® at 1-888-STAGING (1-888-782-4464)

Certified Staging Professionals (CSP®) (USA), Certified Canadian Staging Professionals (Canada), and Australian Certified Staging Professionals have been leading educators in the staging industry since September 2005, with more than 2,000 graduates of the three-day staging program.

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FALL 2015 Certificate Courses

Costs / Early Registration Discount
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. The early registration discount for HSC1000 applies to registrations received (paid in full) by August 21.

Introduction to Home Staging and Rearranging
Learn the basics of home staging for a career change or to update your own home. Understand where to begin: analyzing a room and determining form and function, properly placing furniture, “shopping” the home, hanging artwork, and adding the finishing touches with accessories. Take the first step in transforming your own home or starting a new career!
HSC1000 / noncredit / $175
Discount: $150 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Nairn Friemann, CSP®-certified instructor
Sat., 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sept. 19 (1 session)
Room: Humanities Building, 142

Home Staging Certification
Learn the CSP® step-by-step home-staging business system. Master the CSP® 7-6-5 approach to great room design. Examine color mapping and its application indoors and outside. Understand how to develop a business model specialized to your needs and goals. Discover what you need to know to establish a profitable business. Gain hands-on experience staging a property on the market or going on the market for sale.
Instructor: Nairn Friemann, CSP®-certified instructor / $2,099
Tues.–Thurs., 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sept. 29–Oct. 1 (3 sessions)
Room: TBA

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The course includes the 350-plus page CSP® Course Resource Manual, “Success of Marketing” Manual for Stagers, unique tools and business processes to help you secure business, four personal Web pages to profile your business, CSP® designation, CSP®/Purchase College certificate and lapel pin, and more!

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Maintaining Certification

CSP logoOnce certified, graduates are eligible to join CSP® and become a consultant. CSP® consultants are required to pay a $225 annual membership fee to use the CSP logo on their business material. The membership includes access to the CSP® Student Resource Center, a bimonthly magazine with industry news, Web directory presence, and preferred pricing partners for clients.

About the Instructors

Nairn Friemann holds a BA, an MBA, and certification in floral design from the New York Botanical Garden, in addition to the CSP® designation. Recently named “Professional Stager of the Year” by the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), she has staged more than $500 million in real estate and has been featured on television and in numerous newspapers and magazines. Learn more >>

Linda Gauvin is managing partner of the Westchester-based staging company Winning Transformations. As a certified staging professional®, she collaborates with homeowners and real estate agents in transforming properties for maximum selling appeal. A graduate of Boston University, she has more than 15 years experience in advertising, marketing, and design. After being a full-time mom, she turned a hobby of real estate staging and investing into a successful new career. Gauvin has partnered with Jan Maresh, co-author of Home Staging for Dummies, on a staging seminar based on the book.

Updated Sept 1, 2015

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