What sets The Staging & Decorating Guild™ training program apart from other training programs?

Founder, Melanie Serra  has over 25 years’ experience and is a  leader in the Home Staging and Decorating industry.  Our curriculum is unique and unlike any other in the industry. It incorporates all segments of the business to include the Elements and Principles of Design as well as business startup strategies. Our interactive studies provide students with hands on training in real homes to promote, stimulate and enhance creativity. Our program provides each student with the knowledge and tools to own and operate a successful business so that they can confidently hit the ground running upon completion.

What is the course fee?

The cost of the 4 day Staging & Decorating Guild Training is $2500 and $1295 for the 2 day Color Certification Course. A *non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your seat. Please visit the schedule page to preview our course menu for course dates and registration.

  • Deposit is nonrefundable but can be applied to a future class.

Do I need to have a degree in interior design?

No, you don’t have to have a degree in Interior Design or any other previous experience in a design field. However, you should have an “eye” and a flair for decorating and be passionate about interior design, decorative style and home furnishings.

Will I receive a certificate of training?

Yes, upon graduation each student will receive a certificate of completion and will become a member of the “Staging & Decorator Guild.” You will also be eligible to advertise your business on the SDG directory.

Do I need to have previous marketing or business experience?

No, you do not have to have previous experience in business or marketing practices. You will be taught and guided in “start-up” business practices and principals, including naming your business, business licensing, bookkeeping, office practices, marketing strategies, establishing service fees, and implementing systems to handle growth.

How can adding home staging/interior redesign services benefit my existing decorating business?

The SDG training provides students with the knowledge and training to become more confident and successful. Clients love the process of Express Decorating and Home Staging, because they see instant results in one day or less.  Express decorating also validates their personal taste and style without breaking the bank!  By learning how to “use what the homeowner already has,” both you and your client will experience a quicker turnaround time from conception to completion on each project.  The benefits are instant gratification along with instant income! No more waiting for weeks or months to receive payment and commissions on lengthy projects.

Is this a lucrative career?

Yes, this career can be VERY lucrative! It just depends on your talent and much time you are willing and able to work at our business. We will touch on other decorating services, such as model home merchandising, color consultations, personal shopping and event and party planning etc. These additional services will help to supplement and increase income.

Can I work at this part time and still make money?

Yes, you are your own boss and can work as much or as little as you like. However, keep in mind that the more you market yourself, the more appointments you will book and the more money you will make. Success depends on your vision and the professional goals you set in place.

What is the dress code during the training?

Dress is business casual. However,it’s important to maintain a professional image when working in client homes.

What do I need to bring to class?

Please bring a writing pad, a pen, and a smart phone or camera. You’ll want to begin to build a portfolio by taking pictures of the jobs that you stage during your training class.

Where are the courses held?

Hyatt Place Windward

5595 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30004