The Academy of Home Staging

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Educating Students from around the Globe since 2007

The seemingly small changes that I make as a stager, and my work as an instructor, affect how people live and interact. That's a great day of work to me! I feel wonderful helping to make that happen.
accredited by the home design council
Accredited and Approved by the Home Design Council

New York City

6-day Course - 2 Certifications

Click preferred dates to register:

October 18 - 23 2021 - Attend live, in person on location training

New York Home Staging Course

Bonus: 2 Certifications - Advanced Home Stager and Staging Design Pro

With 3 Field Exercises plus Design Center Tour

Advanced Certified Home Stager and Redesign Consultant
Certified Home Staging and Redesign Trainer
Member of the Real Estate Staging Association

Those in Kara's "classroom" find her teaching style personable, comfortable, and approachable. She enjoys figuring out students' needs and translating the abstract into practical, on-the-job examples.

Kara values results from her work and her teaching. "The seemingly small changes that I make as a stager, and my work as an instructor, affect how people live and interact. That's a great day of work to me! I feel wonderful helping to make that happen."

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Our Mission

Our Mission is to empower passionate individuals with extensive knowledge and confidence down a path to unlimited success in the Home Staging industry. Your journey at The Academy begins the moment you walk through our doors and share your personal goals for your Home Staging business with us so that we may personally guide you in the direction, and to the level, of your desired success in the Home Staging arena.

At every turn, your creative exploration is encouraged and nurtured through unique hands-on and field exercises coupled with mentoring and expert industry advice. Regardless of previous experience, this program is specifically developed to take you through a learning progression from beginning to advanced techniques, covering every aspect of design and business acumen needed to thrive in this truly rewarding, and fastest growing segment of interior design.

The Academy of Home Staging's hands-on approach to learning and application equips you with the tools and training needed to leave the program and launch your own business. Over the course of six, fun, information-rich days, our instructors and guest speakers will help you master critical design principles. employ a systematic process to simplify each home staging project, and integrate sound business fundamentals into your new staging practice.

The New York Course is a 6 consecutive day, DUAL DESIGNATION COURSE. Along with the core designation of Advanced Home Stager Certification, you will also earn the Staging Design Pro designation.

The Staging Design Pro designation, unique to The Academy, covers design techniques for the luxury design and staging market that you can apply to your home staging design business.

You will also learn how interior decorators charge and work with their clients including a special field trip to the design center with additional speakers. See day 5 of itinerary below!

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The Academy of Home Staging and Certification Course Outline:


  • Overview of staging and the staging process
  • Staging design principles, guidelines, and tips
  • Building your portfolio / showcasing your talents in the best light
  • Academy Exclusive - Hands-On Accessory Exercises
  • Academy Exclusive - Create Themed Style Boards


  • Academy Exclusive - step by step, space planning and staging formulas
  • Academy Exclusive Exercise - 6 part space planning exercise
  • Academy Exclusive - Lived-in pricing formulas and upselling this service
  • Stage a lived-in home out in the field using what the homeowner already owns


  • Shopping secrets and best bargains
  • Industry connections and resources
  • What to have in your kit
  • Speaker - furniture representative demystifies furniture rental and you receive your furniture rental catalog
  • Academy Exclusive - Vacant home pricing formulas
  • Academy Exclusive Field Exercise - measure and space plan a vacant home, selecting the furnishings and preparing a mock bid


  • Academy Exclusive Color Theory Exercise - Select a unifying paint color and complementary accent colors
  • Academy Exclusive– Consultation pricing options and how to upsell this service
  • Academy Exclusive Consultation Field Exercise on a real home - Determine layouts, upgrades, paint colors and practice client dialog. Role-play with students and discuss alternative solutions.


  • BONUS SEGMENT - Field trip to the Design Center with shopping exercises and several speakers who reveal their invaluable trade secrets to designing interiors
  • BONUS SEGMENT - Interior Design presentation - learn Interior Design Basics to add to your skill set including how interior designers work, charge, and resources the interior designer utilizes
  • Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Marketing, Advertising and Promotions - Over 60 effective ways to market for little or no cost


  • How to get on the first page of google
  • Crucial content for your business card, brochure and website
  • The 30 day agenda to your quick business start up
  • Congratulations! You're Advanced Home Stager and Staging Design Pro Certified!
Please note that topics may be moved to different days based on the availability of training sites, and to accommodate our guest speakers' schedules.

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What is included?

The Academy's Home Staging Certification, 5 and 6-day Courses include:

  • Minimum of 10 hands-on exercises including 3 out in the field
  • Leading industry instructors who own and work in their Staging business every day, share their insider secrets to success in the industry
  • Class size limited to 9 so you receive coaching and mentoring every step of the way - questions encouraged!
  • Guest Speakers who are experts in their field including furniture rental, getting on the first page of google plus bonus segments in certain locations
  • Full color 135+ page manual with color deck and class tools for projects
  • Contract CD which includes essential forms you need for your new Certified Home Staging Business
  • 10 editable Staging marketing pieces - just add your name, contact information, click print and you have a marketing piece you can use right away
  • 2 months free membership into our VIP coaching program which includes email and phone coaching for your new business to ensure your success.
  • The coveted Advanced Home Stager Certification logo for you to use on any and all marketing pieces establishes your credibility in the market place


Click on the Course of your choice to register.

Total Course Fee for six hands-on days is $3250 (limited to 9 students). This coaching and mentoring style program includes 2 months ongoing support, business start-up documents, over 10 hands-on exercises and certificate diploma.

*An extra $200 discount applies if you pay tuition in full 60 days before the course starts.

Training Location

Cort Furniture Rental - across the street from Grand Central Terminal

New York Course held at:

Cort Furniture Rental (across the street from Grand Central Terminal)
140 E. 45th Street
New York, New York 10017

Nearby hotels:

Fitzpatrick Hotel Grand Central (across the street from class location)
141 East 44th Street at Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 355-0100

Wyndham Midtown 45 (a 2 minute walk to class location)
205 E 45th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 867-5100

Renaissance NY Midtown Hotel (Marriott) ( a 1.2 miles walk to class location (has a kitchen)
218 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 755-1400

W Hotel (an 8 minute walk to class location)
541 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 755-1211

The Pod Hotel 39 (a 10 minute walk to class location)
145 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
(877) 358-2103

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