Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply to the Sterling Style Academy?

The most successful Academy graduates are entrepreneurial, ambitious, and driven.  They have a passion for fashion, an eye for style, a need to express their creativity, and excellent people skills.  They have a desire to be an image consultant, fashion consultant or personal shopper and help individuals be the best they can be.  You do not need a portfolio to enroll or any prior experience in this industry.

What type of certification do I receive from the Academy and how does it prepare me for a career in image consulting or personal shopping?

The Sterling Style Academy is a training program that prepares you to properly execute a makeover consultation as well as educates you on how to position yourself as an expert. As a graduate of the Sterling Style Academy, you will receive a certificate acknowledging successful completion of the program enabling you to begin your own consulting business or perhaps become part of The Certified Image Stylist Group. This program will also prepare you for AICI’s first level certification exam.

Am I too young/too old to begin a career in image consulting?

Typically, our students have a college education and some professional work experience, or are currently attending college. These men and women range in age from 18 – 55, with an average age of 25 – 40.

What does my investment include?

You are enrolled in our training programs upon completing the registration form.  Upon receipt of your registration form, we will send you a welcome package outlining the logistics of the training program, suggestions on where to stay, a detailed agenda, and much more.  Your investment does not include air fare, transportation, personal expenses, school supplies or meals. Students should budget an additional US $350 per week.

When and where will the courses be held?

You will receive a total of 27.5 credit hours per week for class work and another 20 hours per week for homework, with full-day classes usually held on weekdays. Our training programs are usually held at leading hotel locations worldwide unless otherwise noted in your Welcome Package.  For detailed schedules, please review the programs page.  We recommend individuals travel on Saturday or Sunday, arrive by 5 p.m., and schedule their departure after 6 p.m. on the last day or for the following day.

Do you offer Financial Aid, Loans, or Grants?

Unfortunately, we do not offer financial aid, loans or grants.  All tuition must be paid in full in prior to the commencement of all courses.  Or we recommend enrolling into our Short eCourses.

What is the cancellation policy?

The Sterling Style Academy offers multiple training programs throughout the year. Therefore, if you are unable to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments, or sudden obligations, you may transfer your enrollment to another date and location.  We are unable to issue refunds for any reason.  The Sterling Style Academy reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants is not met and provide other training alternatives.

Do I need a Visa?

Please check with your local embassy or passport agency. We generally recommend that you come into the United States and European Union on a tourist visa.

What percentage of Sterling Style Academy graduates get invited into The Certified Image Stylist Group?

There is no minimum or maximum number of students invited to take The Certified Image Stylist Group.  As The Certified Image Stylist Group represent the best in the industry, we typically extend invitations to approximately 50% of our graduates.