If you’re merely working in your business rather than on it, the Retail Management Certification Program is the key to reenergizing your operation and your key leaders. Created by the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA), the course prepares owners and key employees with profit-focused store operations training. Students form lasting relationships with fellow industry members and get away from their day-to-day operations and come back reenergized, refreshed and ready to go.
“The Retail Management Certification Program is an opportunity for your key people to break out of their routines and learn exciting new concepts that will reignite their passion for retailing,” says Scott Wright, NHPA executive director of advanced retail education programs.
Now in its 10th year, the course provides a return on investment through “quick win” assignments and an individual business improvement project tailored for your business. Students form friendships and gain a network of peers who they can lean on long after the program ends.
So what is it like to attend the industry’s most comprehensive retail management program? Here’s a closer look at what more than 280 program graduates have experienced—and what you can take away—as part of the program.
Engage with faculty members who are dialed in. From professors who run business schools at top universities to industry experts who were former retailers, students engage in learning from the top instructors in the home improvement industry.
Your store becomes a “learning lab” for the semester. The concepts students learn in each visit can be implemented immediately for the benefit of the business. The ROI for attending far outpaces program costs.
Receive a scholarship to attend. Most students apply for and receive a scholarship to attend the program from our network of industry partners.
Ready to Apply?
The application deadline for the 2023 Retail Management Certification Program class is June 1. Take the first step to a rewarding, long-lasting career in the home improvement industry.
Thank You to Our Scholarship Providers
Thank you to all of our scholarship providers who have advocated for independent retailers by supporting this program.
- Arrow Fastener
- Do it Best Corp.
- Home Hardware
- Intertape Polymer Group (IPG)
- Midwest Fastener
- National Hardware Show
- Pro Hardware
- Simple Green
- True Value
- Wooster Brush