Are designations and certifications real in the home staging industry?

Do you want your industry to be taken seriously? Perfect! So does the Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA®), the trade association for professional home stagers.

Every industry starts someplace. Let’s compare the staging industry to the real estate industry. At one point, there were no licensed real estate agents. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® was founded as the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges on May 12, 1908 at the YMCA Auditorium in Chicago, IL. With 120 founding members, 19 Boards, and one State Association, the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges’ objective was “to unite the real estate men of America for the purpose of effectively exerting a combined influence upon matters affecting real estate interests.”

They continued on, over the years to add in a code of ethics, more boards, adopted the tagline of “The Voice for Real Estate”, launched a public awareness program and encourages its members to display the REALTOR® logo as a sign of their membership and support to their industry.

This was all started with a group of people that had the common sense to stand up, unite and make a difference.

Sound familiar? This is exactly what RESA® is doing. We are self-regulating. We are people with common interests coming together to advance professionalism, excellence and legitimacy in the home staging and redesign industry.

Are designations and certifications real in our industry?

Of course they are! Certifications and designations mean you attended a course, successfully completed the course and passed their testing. An industry does not have to be government regulated in order for the certifications and designations to be legitimate within your industry.

(above article was a partial reprint from the Real Estate Staging Association)


Staging & Redesign (SAR) is a proud member of the Real Estate Staging Association, as are all of our instructors. We volunteer our time and resources on a regular basis. Our instructors hold leadership positions on the national, state and local levels, and have received numerous RESA Awards including:

  • 2012 RESA Company of the Year
  • 2012 RESA Product of the Year
  • 2011 RESA Professional Stager of the Year
  • 2011 RESA State President of the Year
  • 2011 RESA Chapter President of the Year
  • 2009 RESA Professional Stager of the Year
  • multiple finalist nomiations

SAR is also the largest provider of RESA Pro Continuing Education (CEU) credits and we regularly speak or offer educational sessions as part of the RESA Annual Convention.

Melissa Marro

About melissamarro

Melissa Marro is an international award winning home stager and professional speaker for the home staging and real estate industry. Founder and CEO for both SAR, Staging and Redesign Training and MRRE, Market Ready Real Estate's online home staging consultation program, Marro continues to help inspire and empower new and existing stagers as well as move the industry standards forward.

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