Retail Leadership Institute

The NRHA Retail Leadership Institute keeps the industry moving forward. Retailers can utilize these leadership programs to help promising employees gain skills and confidence to grow within their organization.


Return on Investment

RMCP students who complete business improvement projects make on average $60,000 (or 5x the cost of tuition) ROI for their businesses.


Retail Graduates

NRHA’s two college-level programs, one on leadership and the other on retail management, have had over 250 graduates.


Scholarship Dollars Awarded

Channel partners have provided thousands of dollars to help independent retailers send promising employees through NRHA programs.

What is the NRHA Retail Leadership Institute?

College-level, industry-focused programs and networking opportunities for future retail leaders

NRHA’s Retail Leadership Institute, founded in 2013, is designed to keep the industry moving forward. The institute exists to offer advanced educational and networking opportunities to help future industry leaders gain skills and confidence to grow within their organizations toward a successful future.

Ideal for Any Business Owner or Employee

Whether a retailer has staff members just starting their leadership journey or they’re prepping someone to take over their business, NRHA has an advanced leadership program to help them further their business goals.

Programs Available

The Retail Leadership Institute offers several programs for key employees, managers and more


Foundations of Leadership

This 16-week, college-level online course teaches home improvement retail managers to be stronger leaders and communicators so they can work toward solving business issues like employee productivity and turnover.


NRHA STIHL Foundations of Leadership Conference

This inspiring and highly interactive two-day conference helps attendees develop teams to fuel future growth for their businesses, gain crucial insights into how other leaders manage their operations and much more.


Retail Management Certification Program

This six-month, college-level program provides top-notch leaders and employees with the skills they need to engage in strategic planning, decision-making, upper-level leadership and team management.



NRHA offers business owners the opportunity to connect with other independent retailers across wholesale affiliations through roundtables that range by topic. Retailers can share and discuss struggles and best practices.

Scholarship Sponsors

Thank you to these companies that are supporting independent retailers by providing program scholarships.