Fashion Merchandising Certificate

Every time you walk past a retail window display or find yourself staring at a mannequin, you’re looking at the work of a Fashion Merchandiser. If you have a passion for fashion and want to work in the industry, earning your certificate is a great place to start. As a bonus, if you already work in the fashion industry, you can also find certificates aimed at improving your skills and setting you apart from the competition.

What can a fashion merchandising certificate do for me?

Merchandising certificate programs are aimed both at those who are just starting out in the business and those who’ve already acquired a foundation in the industry. Wherever you lie on the spectrum, a certificate can open doors to other job opportunities, pay raises, and respect from your colleagues.


Training courses in fashion merchandising often begin with a certificate. Credits from your coursework can typically roll over if you want to earn a degree. Some certificates are set up for professionals looking to add a credential to their name. These more advanced programs require you to hold a bachelor’s degree, although not necessarily in a fashion-related field.

Whatever your background, classes will teach you about the fashion industry and what to expect. You’ll learn about different types of textiles. In addition, you’ll learn to better understand what the customer wants, and how to market displays, products, and ideas that fulfill those needs.

Next Step

A certificate can earn you an internship or entry-level position. Look for jobs in retail stores or manufacturing companies. Your certificate also opens the door to continuing education, so consider applying for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

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