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Graduate feedback about this course: 

As a stylist who is new to the industry with no experience, I was afraid I wouldn't be any good at this and completely discouraged. A family member insisted on taking your classes and as soon as I began I didn't want to stop. You made me feel so comfortable and broke down every question I could come up with into a simple answer. I am pleased to say I now understand the ins and outs of this job and can move forward with my new career proudly. Thanks again for your help!! Carly Capone, Certified Personal Shopper, USA


In my search for real training in personal shopping and styling, I was thrilled to find one that I could do online, fit within my lifestyle, was affordable and reputable.  The Fashion Stylist Institute is a perfect option for someone like myself who is re-entering the world of fashion and wants to brush up on important skills as well as broaden their education and qualification base.  The Personal Shopper Certification course was complete beginning to end.  It covered all the fundamental elements to be qualified to conduct my own personal styling business. The modules were full of great information that were easy to follow with illustrations that were helpful.  In doing the hands on exercises it really gave me a true sense of what it would be like to work as a Personal Shopper.  In fact, this was the best part, being challenged to practice elements learned in the module in the real world.  Thank you for providing a online Personal Shopping course.  I feel that now that I have a solid knowledge base and the appropriate credentials I can put myself out there where I've always wanted to be. Sincerely, Christina Nickerson, Certified Personal Shopper, USA 


Dear Ms. Armour, I’ve always enjoyed the creativity of styling fashion and fortunately at 38yrs old I found you. I was skeptical about an online course; but as soon as I worked on the first module I knew I was going to love this class and that I was going to learn something.  I have enjoyed all the assignments, especially the one that made us go out and actually shop for a specific garment. The niche statement assignment was not easy at first because it causes you to really narrow down what you want to do with your business and who you want as your clients. It turned out to be my favorite part of the class. I have a better understanding of my business and myself.   I wanted to get an A+ on every quiz so they stressed me a bit but I really enjoyed them and I was sad to take my last one. I appreciate all the up-to-date forms, charts and manuals that you provide your students; they are so helpful. I am a visual learner so the videos helped in a big way to understand and absorb the information. Most of all I greatly enjoyed your comments and feed back on the free form quiz questions. It helped to know I was on the right track. Thank you for this informative class, for always answering my questions and I look forward to continuing my education with your school. Sincerely, Monica Hofer, Certified Personal Shopper, USA



Here is the course outline:

Welcome and Begin Orientation Class
Course welcome, how eLearning works, meet your instructor, set your profile, review the portal, practice netiquette.
How We Certify You Video Session
Multiple video and seminar review of: Learning Outcomes, CEU’s, course objectives, standards in online learning, your course structure and curriculum.
Articles, Resources and Libraries
Your security settings, avoiding pop up blockers, setting your email, joining a group, your best profile and biography details, meet your friends, find your resources etc.
First Assignment: Complete 6 Outcomes
Opportunity to get comfortable with survey templates, students submit answers electronically and their initial learning skills are examined.
Personal Shopper: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Introduction to the career of Professional Shopping, this intro module with video and audio introduces the student to the basics of personal shopping, the client, the consultation steps, the ABC's of professional shopping, understanding shopping destinations, store layouts, and departments. Pre-shopping, the shopping capsule planner and customer service points are reviewed.
Personal Shopper Course Part 2
Video tours of departments - Misses, Contemporary, Juniors, Plus, Sportswear, Juniors and more. Engages the student in the aspects and details of department layouts, grids, planners, collections to bring an understanding and working knowledge of utilizing what a store offers. Included are tutorials on how to work with staff, setting up shopper programs, earning commissions etc.
Personal Shopper Course Part 3
In this section we explore the Celebrity, Luxury, Junior, Mom, Socialite and other specific client groups you will be working with. This knowledge benefits the learner by training them to handle various clients and their specific shopping needs.
Personal Shopper Course Part 4
In Part 4 further training in customer service skills, how to Online Shop (including links to resources), Starting a Business as a Personal Shopper, How to Market Your Services, Career Options of Professional Shoppers from Catalog, to Online Apps, to Direct Sales are explored.
How to Measure, Proportion and Style
Instructor led video demonstrating principles of proportion, fit, cut, tailoring, styling. Steps for creating a visually perfect outfit, the Golden Mean in fashion coordination and harmony of design. The ABC’s of the client measurement session are reviewed in this course section.
How to Identify Facial Shape and Hairstyles
How to measure, determine and verify the correct facial shape. Then discover how to choose appropriate hairstyles for each facial shape. Video tutorials teach how to identify “lines” in facial features, determine scale of facial proportions that influence hair style. Quiz practice included.
Styling Game Sessions
Practice interactive styling sessions, identify how to clothe each body shape, use software to create client books, collages, style directives and more. Create coordinated sets, multiple clothing choices, mix and match options. Learn to style, coordinate, hairstyles, facial shape PLUS complete five interactive exercises in styling.
How to Coordinate, Mix and Match Fashion
Master class in styling - how to coordinate fashion combinations of print, texture, pattern and color. Includes video instructions and tutorials on combining three, four and more prints and patterns to achieve "high styling" mastery. 133 page manual is included "How to Coordinate Fashion"
Video Hub
Multiple video how-to's are available for further training. Style basics such as how to dress, style and wear fashion, shoes, accessories, hair and makeup.
Quiz Review and Quiz
Online exam to test student’s absorption of the course training. 25 true/ false, multiple choice, mix and match and two essay questions. Scoring is standard from A to F (fail). Passing score must be 80% or higher.
Personal Shopper Final Project
Fun and engaging the final project is an opportunity for the learner to display their new found skills in a creative individual or group project.
Student Project - Define Your Niche Market
Students discover a powerful method toward identifying their niche market within this industry. Graded assignment offers key feedback to motivate students toward professional consultant status. A great way to define their business goal.
Influence of Fashion: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Video section reviews the influence of fashion on consumer behavior. Study includes: Body image, Clothing symbols, Impression formation, Impression management, Nonverbal communication, Person perception communication model, Personality, Self-image, Stereotypes, Traits and Values.
Cultural Influences of Global Fashion: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Video section reviews the influence of culture on consumer behavior. Study includes: Adornment, Aesthetic, Androgynous, Culture, Diaspora, Diffusion, Ethnic Identity, Gender, Modesty, Protection, Psychological need, Rites of passage, Socio-cultural needs.
Physical Influences of Fashion: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Video section reviews how the physical influences what we wear. Study includes: Balanced silhouette, Body proportion, Body Types (Wedge i.e.: Inverted Triangle, Triangle, Hourglass, Rectangle), Carotene, Cosmetics, Ectomorph, Endomorph, Mesomorph, Hair, Keratin, Melanin, Muscles, Nails, Skin, Somatotype.
Design Elements - Line: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Video section reviews the Design Elements – Space, Shape, Form And Line. Study includes: Angular Shape, Curved line, Curved shape, Decorative line, Dominant line, Elements of design –Form, Hairstyle, Line, Shape, Space, Straight line, Silhouette and more.
Design Elements Color: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Video section reviews the color theories and color analysis. Study includes: Achromatic (color harmony), Analogous (color harmony), Chroma, Color, Contrasting (color harmony), Cool hues, Dominant color types, Dimensions of color, Hue, Monochromatic, Primary colors, Secondary colors, Triad (color harmony), Value, Warm hues and more.
Design Elements Texture: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Video section reviews fabric, texture principles. Study includes: Understanding draping, Fabric, Fashion fabric, Fibers, Finish, Hand Harmony, Proportion, Tactile qualities, Tailoring, Texture, Yarns.
Fashion Design Principles: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Concepts of design, fashion design decisions and design vocabulary are among the topics covered. Video section reviews important design principles – Study includes: Applied design, Balance, Design, Emphasis, Formal Balance, Harmony, Informal Balance, Progression, Proportion, Radial Balance, Rhythm, Structural Design, Unity.
Fashion Design Principles Fit: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Fit, tailoring, sizing guidelines and size categories are just some of the topics studied here. Study includes: Design ease, Drop, Ease, Fit (Men’s and Women’s), Fit models, Grain, Rise, Tailoring, Wearing ease, sizing categories.
Fashion Design Principles Wardrobe: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Clothing budget, clothing selection, wardrobe planning and accessory purchasing are discussed and dissected. Video section reviews strategies used in managing client wardrobes. Study includes: Accessory Basics, Bridge jewelry, Business casual dress, Cost per outfit formula, Cost per wearing formula, Costume jewelry, Everyday casual wear, Extras, Fashion personality, Fine jewelry, Traditional business dress, Wardrobe planning.
Basic Apparel Style Terms
Over 150 core silhouettes, clothing styles and details reviewed in video format and pronunciation. Core terms for any fashion student preparing for exams. Fashion professionals need an understanding of these core terms to practice as consultants.
Course ending checkout paperwork
All students completing the course are required to submit a brief feedback testimonial about their experience with the course. Click the link below for instructions and sample. Students also must complete a Participant Training Evaluation form prior to completing the course to earn their CEU's and/ or ILU's.
ZIP Graduate Resource Documents
Online library of downloadable resources, forms, eBooks and supportive material to help the new graduate build a strong business.
Library Access - Articles, Resources and White Papers
Entire fashion library includes over 20 important scholarly articles on fashion, fashion history, fashion week, etc. free for download and off-line reading. Supplemental materials include free e-books, free fashion images and other research tools students can use to further their knowledge of fashion, style and image.
About Your Bonus Course - How to Start Your Business
Course available when you have completed all modules and course requirements. Take advantage of our business training course. This course sets you up to promote, market and grow your fashion, style or image business immediately. E-Book and important forms included. This is a bonus that opens when you complete your course and submit your final graduate listing. Your course access codes will be emailed to you when we receive your form submission. Move to the next modules and complete them in order to finish out your course.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Award CEU Statement


Liz Ramirez

"This is such an enjoyable course! I have learned so much more than I expected to, highly recommended!"