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Training and preparation for retail careers


Do I need post-secondary training or a degree to do retail?

ShelfSpaceAs with every industry these days, individuals with additional education will have the opportunity to advance further. While some may people may still be promoted on retail experience alone, taking additional courses or going back to school for marketing, sales, customer service or design will help you reach your retail career goals.

Where can I get additional training?


Shelfspace has developed PEAK retail training, retail-specific courses in customer service, sales skills and leadership development, to assist owners, managers and staff become more productive, valued and rewarded in their employment. PEAK has been developed based on feedback from retail entrepreneurs and real world skill gaps.

Whether you are a retail owner, manager or sales person, there is a course for you!

Shelfspace Training

BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) – various courses in marketing management

Capilano College – various courses in retail marketing

Douglas College – various courses in marketing

Justice Institute of BC – various courses in time management, conflict resolution, communication, leadership development, and performance management

Kwantlen University College – various courses in business and marketing

Langara College – various courses in marketing and sales and in business computer applications

Open University (OU) and Open College (OC), Divisions of the Open Learning Agency (OLA) – courses in marketing, professional selling and computer applications in business

Simon Fraser University – various courses and programs in business administration, marketing, business management, and professional development

University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFC) – various programs in business administration, marketing and sales

University of British Columbia (UBC) – various courses and programs in commerce, business administration, marketing and professional development

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