Curriculum & Training Products
The NRF Foundation offers quality retail training resources to develop high-performing associates and managers at all levels. All NRF Foundation curriculum, training, and certification programs are based on Industry Skill Standards. Whether you are helping a candidate prepare for their first job, someone who wants to advance your skill set, or an employer looking to train new hires, we have a variety of resources to fit your needs.
- Retail Operations
- Retail Management and Operations
- Retailing Smarts Workbooks
- Retail Readiness Assesments (RRA)
- Customer Service and Sales Skills Standards
Retail OperationsGeared towards recently hired associates, students, and interested retail associates and employees who need new skills, this 40-hour interactive instructor-led course is designed to prepare participants for a career in retail and aligned with the Professional Certifications in Customer Service and in Sales. Learners will receive an overview of the retail industry, customer service, sales, and operational concepts.
Retail Management and OperationsA 40-hour interactive instructor-led course is now available to help promote best practices in retail management and operational concepts and processes, and to help participants understand accountability in Retail Management. The Retail Management and Operations course is aimed at new or aspiring Sales Managers or Assistant Managers preparing for a lead role in Retail Management and to prepare for the National Professional Certification in Retail Management.
The Retailing Smarts Series Learner Workbooks are supplemental workbooks containing role-playing scenarios and activities covering a wide range of topics. These workbooks are based on industry skill standards and assist in preparing candidates for both the professional customer service and sales certifications. Leader's guides are available for facilitating group lessons.
The Retail Readiness Assessment (RRA) evaluates critical customer service and sales skills, aptitudes and attitudes that help determine strengths and weaknesses of existing employees and employee candidates. This solution can be used as a screening tool, or to benchmark learning. It is an excellent, cost effective tool to measure skills, knowledge gaps, and training needs for pre-hires or new associates.
A hands-on publication containing the industry-developed standards for customer service and sales, as guides for employers, educators, and trainers to help build and recognize requisite skills. The Customer Service and Sales Skill Standards publication includes complete standards plus academic, employability, occupational and technical knowledge and skills, as well as guidelines for integrating the standards into existing or new curricula.