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Academy for Retail Development

Find solutions for growing your business! If you're ready to start training, browse the course offerings below. Or, download NHPA's entire catalog of individual and organizational development programs.


Basic Employee Training

Investment: Included with Premier Membership

NHPA offers 43 in-depth, online courses with over 270 five-minute modules.

Online Course Topics Include:

• Basic Paint Sales (NEW)
• Joining a Retail Team
• Hardware Retailing
• Building Materials Retailing
• Selling Skills
• Merchandising

• Loss Prevention
• Project Selling
• Our 3 Pennies of Profit
• Advanced Paint Sales
• Paint Problem Solver


Advanced Employee Training

Investment: Included with Premier Membership

These online courses can give employees, managers or owners a better understanding of some of the core operational and sales fundamentals that are key to running a successful business.

Online Courses

• Retail Pricing
• Retail Accounting

• Retail Inventory Management


Leadership & Management Training

Investment: Course fees and materials

NHPA offers several courses in its Foundations of Leadership Program to help new managers understand key concepts of leadership and personal development. Each course offers industry-specific training for effective communication, problem-solving and building and leading teams. These nine-week courses are online and built with flexibility for busy schedules.

Current Courses

• Your Leadership Style
• Leading Your Team

• Financial Management (NEW)
• Custom options are also available


Comprehensive Retail Training

Investment: Tuition, course materials and travel

NHPA’s Retail Management Certification Program is a college-level course designed to teach key employees, future owners and retailers effective business practices for owning and operating a home improvement operation. Sessions are taught by successful retailers, university professors and industry experts.

Student Will Learn:

• Advanced Retail Operations
• Business Strategy
• Human Resources

• Marketing
• And more


Executive Education

Investment: Participation fee and travel

NHPA provides independent retailers from all wholesale affiliations with opportunities to connect with one another at networking roundtable events. With agendas set by the retailers in attendance, topics cover best practices and common challenges.

Roundtable Themes Include:

• Financial Affairs
• Human Resources
• Information Technology

• Marketing and Merchandising
• Young Retailers
• And much more