Retail Online Learning Environment
Online learning environment specifically designed for the Canadian Retail Industry!
Next Session starts in July 15, 2013
Next Session starts in July 15, 2013
Canadian Retail Institute (CRI), the educational arm of Retail Council of Canada, is proud to launch their new online learning environment specifically designed for the Canadian Retail Industry. This new venture offers your employees access to retail-specific training opportunities. Giving them the skills and confidence they need to become successful in their careers means giving your business an edge in a very competitive industry!
Online courses include Certified Retail First Level Manager (CFLM) and Certified Retail Sales Associate (CRSA). Both courses offer online learning modules, learning resources, guest speakers, forum discussions, online and on-the-job assessments, activities and interactive support.
Call CRI at 1-888-373-8245 to find out more about upcoming educational opportunities for your store staff — because when they do better, your business does better.
Retail First Level Manager (FLM) Certification Program
Lead Your Team to Victory!
"I have implemented many positive new ideas for customer service, employee relations, store atmosphere and myself." Lisa Haagenson, FLM Manager, Goldpanner Gift shop, Whitehorse, Yukon.
This Retail First Level Manager program allows first level managers to build sound business skills to help them achieve their retail career goals The skills they learn include professionalism, communication, leadership, human resources, operations, marketing, sales, customer service, administration and planning.
Professionalism: This module teaches the finer points of acting professionally, working ethically and managing time effectively.
Communication: This module teaches active listening, writing and other communication strategies that are essential to first level managers in their day-to-day work.
Leadership: Leaders are made, not born. This module helps first level managers develop a vision that excites and motivates others.
Human Resources: Successful retailers understand that their success depends largely on their abilities to attract, develop and retain quality people. This module will help them obtain these critical HR skills.
Operations: This module focuses on behind-the-scenes activities that ensure sales associates are successful on the floor. Topics include workplace safety, inventory management and loss prevention.
Marketing: The goal of marketing is to attract new customers by promising and delivering superior value, and to keep current customers by satisfying their needs. This module focuses on key marketing skills such as marketing information, promotions and community relations.
Sales: This module teaches how to make sales, and how to motivate a sales team to meet and exceed sales goals.
Customer Service: This module examines the sales cycle: from providing in-store customer service, to initiating and closing the sale, and providing after-sales service. Also examined are ways to evaluate and improve customer service and satisfaction levels.
Administration: Effective administrative skills allow first level managers to improve productivity and customer service. Topics covered in this module include payroll, complying with legislation and contracts.
Planning: Planning skills are a critical factor in achieving business success. This module describes budget and business planning, competitive research and product mix.
This course is available in a online format or self-directed version. To earn the FLM professional designation, first level managers must:
- Complete the Retail First Level Manager Workbook;
- Pass a multiple-choice examination;
- Pass a performance interview conducted by The Corporate Research Group; and
- Log one year of on-the-job experience working in retail.
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