What You Should Know About
Training and Certification
Because there are so many programs, teaching methods,
and certifications available, with more appearing every day, making
decisions about the program you take can become confusing. Here
are some things you should find out about any training program
you are considering:
- What is the business experience
in the field of instruction of the person conducting the training?
people barely start a business, then decide to teach others
how to run a similar business. If you don't have experience
running your own business, how can you teach others to do the
same? The combined experience for the instructors for School
of Interior Redesign is over 30 years!
- Has the program received state approval?
states require training programs to be state approved, yet many
(if not most) of the people doing the training either don't know
that or don't bother to get that approval. States require
approval for the protection of the students. Make sure
the program you take has that approval. The School
of Interior Redesign is approved by the Connecticut Department of Higher
Education as a private occupational school, which means its programs
and instructors have been carefully reviewed and approved, ensuring
you receive the best possible education available.
- How large is the class?
the class size, the more attention you will receive from the
instructor, assuring your training needs are met. The class
size for each of the in-person programs offered by the School
of Interior Redesign does not exceed five students.
- What types of training aids are used during
don't all learn the same way. A training program should
incorporate a variety of teaching methods and aids, including
lecture, exercises, visual aids, and, of course, hands-on. Regardless
of the program you take, the School of Interior Redesign curriculum
ensures you have the hands-on training you need to succeed.
- What happens after class?
This can be
one of the most confusing aspects of training. Many training
programs offer certification after completion, believing that
will make their program more attractive. However, there
is no recognized certification at either the state or national
level for any programs in redesign, staging, or interior decorating. Certification
is simply self-certification by the person doing the training,
or certification by an organization the individual joins after
the training. It does nothing to improve the quality of
the training, nor is it anything clients understand or even ask
about. Instead of certification, know what type of on-going
support is available to you after the program ends, and at what
cost. At the School of Interior Redesign, we are always
available to help, regardless of when you completed your program
with us. And you are welcome to return for a "refresher"
(space permitting) after you have completed your course. And
to ensure you receive support from others outside of SIR, you
are eligible to join the Association of Design Education (www.associationofdesigneducation.com),
an organization founded to both ensure the quality of your training
experience, as well as to provide ongoing education and support
as you grow your business.