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The Accreditation process with the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) FAQs


The information enclosed herein is designed to provide an overview of RESA and the accreditation process. In order to help determine whether or not your institution is ready to begin the initial accreditation process with RESA, ask the following questions:


What is the purpose of accreditation and the accreditation process?


Accreditation is a means of assisting private career programs and colleges to become stronger and better institutions by setting standards of educational quality. Accreditation supports the efforts of institutions to achieve maximum educational effectiveness for students, employers and the public. It also provides an assurance of quality and establishes eligibility for participation in federally funded programs. RESA’s accreditation process is a comprehensive review of all academic and ancillary activities and resources that support an institution’s educational objectives and the programs it offers. RESA will be working in the future to bring Title IV Funding or other government programs to our training providers.


What is my program’s primary educational objective?


The program’s primary educational objective must be to prepare students for starting a real estate staging business. Training, which is job oriented, must provide graduates with the necessary competencies for self-employment in their occupational field.


Is my program in compliance with state, local and other federal requirements?


A program must be in compliance with federal, state and local government requirements. If conflicts exist between state or federal requirements and accrediting standards, the state or federal requirements shall take precedence.


Is my program financially sound?


The program must be financially sound with sufficient resources for the proper operation of the program and discharge of obligations to students. A statement by an independent certified public accountant licensed by the state to perform such services will be accepted.  


Is RESA recognized by the United State Department of Education?


Not yet, it is not required. In order to receive recognition by the US Department of Education RESA must practice accrediting schools/programs first in order to be recognized. RESA is committed to establishing and advancing quality education at private staging training programs in order to receive said recognition.  RESA does NOT need to be recognized by the US Department of Education in order to be a legitimate accrediting agency. Recognition ONLY would allow our accredited schools to meet one criterion for their students to receive Title IV HEA Funding for Financial Aid. At this time it appears that NO Staging Training organizations would qualify for Title IV funding due to the length requirements for the funding program. Title IV funding requires that a school have an actual campus and their course is at least 10 weeks or 300 hours in duration.


What is the first step of the accreditation process?


RESA’s mission is to serve as a reliable authority on educational quality and to promote enhanced opportunities for students by establishing, sustaining, and enforcing valid standards and practices which contribute to the development of a highly trained and competitive workforce through quality staging training education.


·         Training programs must submit a completed application for initial accreditation and include all   

      requested documentation.

·         Training programs must pay a non-refundable application fee of $400.00.

·         Upon approval training program will pay the balance of the accreditation fee of $1,000.00

·         Renewal of accreditation status is conducted each year and the fee is $1000.00 per year.



What are the benefits to accreditation?


There are many benefits to accreditation. Among them, accreditation encourages continuous efforts to achieve maximum educational effectiveness, provides an assurance of acceptable quality, and establishes eligibility for participation in federally funded programs including student financial aid. Consumers (potential students) will seek out programs that have earned the RESA accreditation as a way to feel comfortable they are receiving superior education and training in their desired field. Accreditation proves staging training providers are committed to educational excellence.


How long does it take to become RESA Accredited?


The timeline is dependent on a number of variables, most importantly, that the program submits complete and accurate information to RESA in its Application for Initial Accreditation and Self-Evaluation Report. A high level of reliance is placed upon information, data, and statements provided to RESA by a program. The integrity and honesty of a program are fundamental and critical to the process, and a compromise of integrity is considered to be an extreme offense. Accredited programs agree to, and must meet or exceed, the Standards of Accreditation at the time of initial accreditation and throughout the accreditation period.


The Application for RESA Initial Accreditation must be accepted by RESA and will look to review all applications within 60 days; however, the application will be deferred should a program fail to demonstrate compliance in the areas identified in the Application for RESA Initial Accreditation. The program may resubmit, incorporating the necessary revisions to demonstrate compliance, within the six-month time frame and remain on the same timeline. If a program does not resubmit an Application for RESA Initial Accreditation within the allotted time, it must restart the process.


A program must also submit its initial Self-Evaluation Report, Application and all corresponding fees.


Once all information is received a review of the program will begin. Should any questions arise those will be submitted to the applying program.


Notification of acceptance will be sent via USPS and Email. All according policies, procedures, instructions will also be sent. 


Notification of denial will be submitted via USPS only. Failure of standards met will be indicated. Applying program may reapply for accreditation after corrections have been made. Major failures require a minimum of 4 months shall pass before application can be re-submitted.  Minor additions and clarifications are immediate. If you wait 6 months or more to reapply, you will incur another application fee of $400.00.



What expenses can I expect my program to incur during the accreditation process?


Application for RESA Initial Accreditation $400.00 a non-refundable processing fee that covers expenses associated with a staff analysis and review. Paid upon applying.


RESA Initial Accreditation - $1000.00 a non-refundable initial fee that covers expenses associated with a comprehensive staff analysis intended to measure the program’s compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. Paid upon approval.


Note:    Once accreditation is achieved, there is a yearly sustaining fee of $1,000.00 per year. Includes presence on the RESA Training page. Fees subject to change, guaranteed for one year.



As a value driven organization, RESA is dedicated to


RESA stimulates nurtures, verifies and recognizes ongoing educational quality and integrity in institutions offering programs for Real Estate Staging Training. 



RESA’s mission for accreditation has two primary objectives:


1.     To assure students and the general public of the quality of educational training provided by institutions and their programs; and


2.     To assist institutions in continuously improving themselves and the training they provide students.