FSI is a Preferred Partner with the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and has been approved to offer graduates a one year membership with AICI (a $295 value). The offer for one free year of membership is for non-members of AICI. FSI is offering this perk to enrollees who successfully complete their course. This is not a retro-active offer to existing grads nor does it offer a “credit” to current AICI members. For a full listing of all your membership benefits visit Member Benefits Page.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BRIEFLY DESCRIBES OUR POLICY. DURING PURCHASE THE LEARNER WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO REVIEW OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF ENROLLMENT.
*AICI members see below for important requirements you must follow BEFORE enrolling in a course.
Click the "add to cart" button on any page. The total price is listed. There are no additional charges for taxes or shipping. All credit card orders are processed immediately and once approved course access is processed. All order forms in this site are SSL secure protected. None of the payment details are seen or kept by FSI and our secure payment gateways collect only what is needed to approve payment. Our payment systems accept the most common credit cards such as Visa, Master Card, Amex, Discover and Debit Cards. Once your order is received by us you will be sent pass-codes and links to your new training course and can begin immediately. No waiting for PDF's, DVD's, CD's or big download files! Everything you need to train as a successful consultant is included in the cost of the course. We do not collect taxes or charge shipping fees. FSI does not refund the course payments since all material is accessible and obtainable online when course is taken. Open courses are considered to be accessed.
Payments and Paypal
FSI does not offer payment plans at this time because of the high interest rates that get passed on to you - the student. We do accept all forms of credit card and CC's enable a user to make payments. You may apply directly to PayPalCredit.com and if approved can check out using Paypal as your payment option.
While one of our representatives is available to answer all of your questions over the phone, we encourage you to look below for the answers to the most commonly asked questions about our coursework and enrollment process.
FSI is a Preferred Partner with the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and has been approved to offer graduates a one year membership with AICI (a $295 value). The offer for one free year of membership is for non-members of AICI and is an offer AICI puts forth to academic/ preferred partners. Beginning 12/01/2016 FSI is permitted to offer this to its graduates going forward. This is not a retro-active offer to existing grads nor does it offer a “credit” to existing AICI members. For a full listing of all your membership benefits visit Member Benefits Page.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND PURCHASE POLICY
PAYMENT VERIFICATION FOR ENROLLING IN A COURSE?
After you select a course you will have the option to checkout using VSA, MC, Amex, Discover or Debit Cards (all international credit cards are also accepted) on our SSL secured payment gateway. Please be sure to have your credit card details with you when you place your order as our system is highly sensitive to multiple attempts to correct your order form. Once approved your course portal opens when the order is processed (typically within 3 hours) and you are enrolled. FSI does not refund the course payments since all material is accessible and obtainable online when course is taken. Open courses are considered to be accessed.
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
We do not but you can check out using Paypal if you have a Paypal credit account. Here is more info PayPalCredit
IF I BUY MORE THAN ONE COURSE CAN I GET A DISCOUNT?
From time to time we offer discounts as special promotions. At the moment we offer 15% discounts if you are a graduate returning. This discount is applied at checkout.
WHAT IS FASHION STYLIST INSTITUTE?
Fashion Stylist Institute, the global leader in online fashion training and certification courses, provides professional training courses and tools in fashion, professional image consulting and personal style. Corporate offices are located in downtown Sacramento, California. Our e-learning courses area geared toward the professional consultant in need of refined training, the back-to-work mom in need of re-training, the student wishing to pursue a new career, or the person in search of professional and personal enrichment. They are set up so that anyone with a computer can study at their own pace and in their own time from anywhere in the world.
Because the very nature of the fashion industry embraces constant change, we are continually adding new courses to meet the demands of the market. If you do not see the course you are looking for at this time, check back often or email us with feedback.
WHICH COURSE SHOULD I TAKE?
We offer a comprehensive variety of fashion and style courses. In general, our courses fall into the following three categories:
Fashion Styling Categories: We train and certify fashion stylists to work with editorial, retail, photography and entertainment clients and occasionally with one-on-one celebrity clients. This training will help you develop a strong visual sense as well as understand color, proportion and the principles and elements of design.
Image Consulting Categories: We train and certify image consultants to works primarily with individual private clients on their appearance. With this certification, our alumni can go into niche markets and consult with corporate clients as well as do personal shopping, closet edits and wardrobe planning. Education and training slants toward understanding body shape, fit, tailoring, color, hair and personality traits.
Wardrobe Styling Categories: We train and certify wardrobe stylists to be go-to experts at organizing client wardrobes. Graduates might work with individual clients or seek out studio work including photo shoots, fashion shows or editorial. Wardrobe stylists offer services like clothing organization skills, fashion coordination, mixing and matching clothing, styling for fashion shows and photo shoots, closet curating and editing, and line rack organization. They are experts at identifying client clothing and accessory needs and offer shopping services for both male and female clients.
Note that each course listing offers you a PDF with all details about each course. You can download the curriculum, learning objectives and course explanations.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED?
We supply everything you need to complete this training course. Manuals, course notes etc. open as you go along. Do not expect to take delivery of every one of your manuals at the start of the course. We open each new materials packet as you progress through each lesson. Please see each course description packet for a partial list of the materials included in the course.
WHAT IS AN ONLINE COURSE?
At Fashion Stylist Institute, we provide students worldwide with eLearning courses for CEU, ILU or TH credit (see more about earning credits below). Online courses offer students priceless education, training and tools along with the image training hours and certification they need to gain association membership.
Each course contains audio, visual, video, quizzes, interactive exercises and more PLUS all required books and manuals in digital format. You can review the video under each course description to learn more. All course materials will be available to you in the portal and all course materials are given electronically — both because we are eco-conscious and to make receiving course materials easy from anywhere in the world. Note that we do not teach via PDF's - all courses are audio/ video productions and are interactively demonstrated. You will not need to purchase physical books, CDs or paperwork (which means no shipping charges!). Everything you need to complete this course will be available in the portal. Final forms and certificates are all digitally delivered.
WHAT IS AN ON DEMAND INTERACTIVE COURSE?
Do you want to learn everything you can about fashion? Then our On Demand Interactive courses can help! Our stocked online library of fashion courses are immediately available for you to begin studying NOW. These courses are designed for the fashion student and career fashion professionals. The materials and knowledge presented benefit fashion/image and style teachers and trainers as well.
Whether you are starting a business or developing an ongoing one you will benefit from the knowledge we have made available to you. We’ve also made the study methods convenient and very affordable. Learning is fun, relaxing and inspiring – as only fashion should be!
The course is for your professional development and is organized in a way to be FUN, engaging and interactive. Source material is university/college level. These are NOT courses for high school level or below. Learners will be tasked with quizzes, essays, case studies, projects and activities.
Upon opening your course you will see a layout in your portal of the reading/study order, eBook manual, assignments and video lists. You will review each module and progress through the entire course online, at your own pace. Periodically your instructor will check in with you. Watch videos that bring the course topics and information to life.
I AM AN EDUCATOR / INSTITUTION / TRAINER
a) I am a trainer offering my own courses either in person or online
If you own or manage a training business or online website offering courses then you are prohibited from purchasing our courses. Due to the copyright nature of our online portals and content we do not allow users to join us who are intent on copying, borrowing, sampling, discovering or otherwise using the student portal, course content, course materials and other copyrighted formats to benefit their own institution. If a current student or graduate alumni is found to be in violation of this policy they will be removed from our portal and graduate sites and their certification will be nullified. On a case-by-case basis we reserve the right to notify AICI of an ethics violation if this policy is abused. Our courses are strictly for consultants and not for trainers.
b) I am a trainer offering my own courses and would like to license your material
We do not sell our courses directly to institutions or representatives/ employees of educational institutions*. This is a strict policy as our methods are copyright protected and can only be administered by approved and certified online instructors. The nature of our certifications and the awarding of CEUs is possible only through Fashion Stylist Institute. *an education institution is one that engages in training OTHER image and style consultants via workshops, classes, training programs, courses, in-person or one-on-one.
WHY ARE YOUR COURSES SO AFFORDABLE?
We don't believe in price gouging - our higher goal is to empower men and women to help their clients look and feel great. We do this by offering a full-on certification training program to train our grads to have their business up are running. This industry is not regulated so there are many "trainers" out there who do nothing but offer written text. We offer hands-on interactive, online training classrooms that are designed with the fashion and image student in mind. Our quality programs have helped over 2500+ consultants to succeed. We offer technicians, teachers, mentors and professional training to the student - a priceless experience AND we are the only ones to offer Continued Education Credits (valued credits that must be obtained by us via a stringent process). Back this with years of industry experience and our curriculum knows no competition.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL A COURSE TAKE?
Each course is completed at the students speed and are self paced. When students purchase a course, they are immediately entered into their custom web portal where the course has been docked for them. The coursework is available for up to 3 months (longer for advanced courses) and the student's portal stays open indefinitely. Students will have full access to groups, forums and social media pages even after their course is complete. Students have access to the portal 24/7 so they can choose when and how much time to spend on the course and how quickly they complete it. There is no average "time on the course" — some students spend an hour a day; some spend an hour a week. Offline study times vary as well. Students are expected to study all modules associated with the course and complete all online exercises in preparation for the online final exam. How long this takes is up to the student.
We do require a certain amount of study hours to receive certification. We also require students to meet the learning outcomes and proficiencies for the course before earning CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) or ILU’s (International Learning Units). The TH's (training hours) earned are automatically recorded.
HOW LONG CAN I ACCESS MY STUDENT PORTAL?
As long as you need. While the course contents and modules close once the course is completed, the student portal stays open for the student. Access to groups, wikis, forums and additional course offerings is always available to the graduate.
CAN I ACCESS THE COURSE ON A MOBILE DEVICE?
Students can access their course and begin studying on mobile devices (with the exception of the Color Analysis course due to its technicality it requires a PC or Mac). Optionally, students can choose to print the course textbook from their computer in order to review them on paper but we'd rather you stay green and access online with our reader software.
WILL MY CERTIFICATE BE PHYSICAL AND WHAT DOES IT SAY?
Students successfully completing the course are issued a digital certification with a QR code embedded. They can print this onto the paper of their choice. We digitally transmit the certification to you and it states both the certification you achieved, your name, the designation and achievement of the course. Students certifying with FSI receive the following:
- Certified Fashion Stylist (CFS)
- Certified Image Consultant (CIC)
- Certified Color Consultant (CCC)
- Certified Business Image Consultant (CBIC)
- Certified Personal Shopper (CPS)
- Certified Wardrobe Stylist (CWS)
- Certified Bridal Stylist (CBS)
- Certified Men’s Image Consultant (CMIC)
- Certified Visual Brand Consultant (CVBC)
- Certified Jewelry Accessory Stylist (CJAS)
- Certified Fashion Blogger (CFB)
- Certified Power Image Consultant (CPIC)
- Certified Trend Consultant (CTC)
- Certified Fashion Show Producer (CFSP)
- Certified Make Up Consultant (CMUC)
- Certified Fashion Trend Consultant (CSTC)
- Certified Image Stylist Professional (CISP)
- Certified Image Consultant Master (CICM)
NOTE: students who need their diploma or certificate to state that the course was taken online must notify us. Otherwise no such distinction is made on the certificate.
The certificate is embedded with an officially registered digital badge and QR Code and can be e-scanned by clients who wish to review the student’s qualifications on a mobile device.
HOW ARE THE COURSES DEVELOPED?
Continuing Education approval policies are rigorously followed during the development of all Fashion Stylist Institute’s online courses and programs. Courses are developed to meet industry standards and guidelines and are designed to meet core competencies for image consultant study, CEU awarding and certification. *note: CEU's are not required for certification. All students receive ILU's (International Learning Units) along with a Fashion Stylist Institute digital badge to display on their web site and marketing materials, as well as a badge pack (see below).
Our courses are tested by certified instructors and submitted for board review with Fashion Stylist Institute’s stringent testing panels. These panels meet every six months to review each course, testing the learner outcomes stated in the original training planner.
Learning Management Course Design Standards (ELMCDS) for e-learning are used in the creation of all courses. This process is a 12 to 18 month endeavor. Graphic artists, eLearning developers, video producers and photographers are hired to organize and create the elements for the course. Image editors are recruited to create course imagery. Web administrators are enlisted to publish and monitor student activity.
DO YOU HELP GRADUATES GET A JOB?
FSI prepares students to have a business of their own. Our courses are business start up and are structured for solo entrepreneurs. The very nature of consulting is independent. However, some people work for companies and our knowledge base prepares you to have the skills, tools, techniques, aptitude and self-confidence to be a effective player in the fashion/style and image consulting career world. We also post job listings as they are transmitted to us from reputable companies interested in our graduates quality education and certification. FSI holds a sterling reputation whose certifications are globally recognized. If you aren't getting clients upon graduation then that's down to you. We do support our grads and also offer continuing education classes, webinars, workshops and on-demand fashion courses for students who need additional training and skills updates.
ARE THE COURSES TAILORED TO GEOGRAPHIC NUANCES? FOR EXAMPLE, I LIVE IN MUMBAI AND OUR CULTURE IS DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF THE US. WILL THIS TRAINING PROVIDE ME WITH TOOLS TO CONSULT IN MY PART OF THE WORLD?
A great question! We do get this one quite often, since online learning is global. Our courses provide the consultant with universal knowledge about women, shape, fit, color and personality. We provide you with the fundamental tools for consulting with clients, and you can customize your business your way upon graduation. We have never come across a student who didn’t find our coursework to be fundamental and relevant to their business, regardless of where they are in the world.
We teach basic training principles that are universal and clear. The beauty about fashion consulting is that it can cross borders. The truth is, most Western techniques are highly sought after in non-Western countries. It’s important to note, however, that all our courses are conducted in English. But our professional instructors are trained to speak with an intonation and pace that can be easily understood by non-English speakers. Additionally, our course portal offers translation into over 26 languages, making it easy for non-English-speaking students to navigate.
CAN I CONTACT AN INSTRUCTOR IF I NEED HELP?
Yes, you can contact us via text, telephone, email or mail. Please note that our normal business hours are Monday to Friday from 9am PST to 5pm PST. If you need help outside of office hours, you can leave us a voice or text message at 916.775.4380 and we will respond asap.
The student course portal also enables you to chat directly with your counselor while you are online.
HOW DO I TEST ONCE I AM FINISHED WITH THE COURSE?
All final exams are included with the course materials. A passing score of 85% is needed for professional certification.
IS FSI GDPR COMPLIANT?
Yes. FSI websites and third party sites are GDPR compliant as of May 15th, 2018. FSI does not collect or share account details and does not store payment information from consumers ever.
CERTIFICATION, ILU's AND CEUs
HOW ARE THE COURSES OFFERED?
e-Course / Online / Awarding Certification
All courses offer professional certification. All students are awarded ILU's (International Learning Units) upon course completion at no additional charge. One course = 1 ILU.
e-Course / Online / FSI CEU
Continuing Education Unit + Certification CEUs are awarded to students who need education credits to maintain their certification status. Contact your organization for info on pre-approval of CEU course attendance. Once in the course portal you will need to achieve learning outcomes, pass exams and fulfill all requirements for CEU earning.
IS FSI AN AUTHORIZED CEU PROVIDER?
Yes. FSI is an approved provider of both the ILU and the CEU with LERN. We are a registered LERN provider for continuing education learning and online credit awarding. Students taking our courses can be assured that our credit awarding is based on stringent learning methods that are in advance of the CEU, however, some organizations (such as AICI) require CEU's for their members. Some organizations require prior approval to take CEU courses so be sure to check if you need this. Note to AICI members - check with AICI for permission to receive CEU's before enrolling in our programs (see below). Most of our courses are AICI CEU approved - check course for details.
WHAT IS AN ILU?
ILU stands for “International Learning Unit” — a unit applied to successful completion of a lifelong learning course. The ILU is the recognized education credit for online learners. This credit awards for outcomes achieved and learning accomplished and surpasses the CEU system of "time based" awarding. Students on every course must meet required learning outcomes. An ILU is not a time-based measurement. All our online courses are competency-based; learners must achieve built in outcomes and pass all quizzes with at least an 80% pass rate. We are an approved ILU-awarding institution, a certifying institute and a professional member of LERN. All instructors are also certified in online instruction (COI by LERN).
HOW DO I GET MY AICI CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUS)?
If you are qualifying for AICI CEU requirements and you meet our policy as a "consultant" (not a trainer*) then click here for details. Take these steps:
- Download and complete this Pre Approval Form for AICI
- Submit the form for pre-approval as instructed on the form
- Once AICI approved then join your course in this portal
- Your CEU awards will be posted to your course awards in FSI along with official CEU documentation
- Submit the documentation to AICI to have your credit hours applied to your AICI account.
*if you teach a course for profit please note that our courses are offered to consultants only, not trainers. IF you have any questions about this policy please contact us immediately. If you or a representative of your business purchases a course and it is later revealed that your business offers training courses then FSI reserves the right to cancel your course immediately.
DO THESE COURSES OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUS)?
Yes, and all courses offered are in line with core competencies for image consultant study. Students are required to complete all assignments, quizzes, essays, final projects and to achieve learning outcomes and pass a final exam with an 85% pass rate, in order to earn FSI CEUs.
TH - Training Hours. Courses can be time tracked to ensure that students in need of training hours can submit this information.
All online courses offer Professional Certification from Fashion Stylist Institute and are considered Continuing Education and Personal Enrichment Courses for Adults.
We are a proud member of International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) and uphold the code of ethics for universal educational development. We are an approved ILU awarding institution. Many of our courses are also AICI CEU approved (check course for details).
WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME PREPARE ME FOR FURTHER PROFESSIONAL EXAMS?
We get this question a lot, and the answer is YES. Our courses are designed around the core competencies of image consulting with a strong emphasis on the elements and principles of fashion design, fashion styling and image concepts.
ARE THERE ANY REFUNDS FOR COURSE PURCHASES IF I DECIDE THAT THE COURSE IS NOT FOR ME?
Because the course and its resources are instantly opened and can be viewed immediately, they cannot be returned and we do not offer refunds. Students experiencing technical issues on their end, with their devices, will also not receive refunds. We are not held responsible for a lack of user knowledge with working online. If you do not have a working knowledge of English you may also not be ready for the course. "Change of Mind," "Not a Fit" "Do Not Understand" are not acceptable reasons for ending your course. FSI instructors are online to help with any issues and are frequently engaging with foreign students who need help understanding the material. Check with us first if you have doubts about your English skills.
FSI does not refund the course payments since all material is accessible and obtainable online when course is taken. Open courses are considered to be accessed. Our goal is to certify professional consultants the world over, so it is in our interest to see that you successfully pass this course and start your business. Many students from around the world have successfully completed both our online studies and certification courses. Check out some of their testimonials.
Fashion Image Institute and Fashion Stylist Institute are divisions of Gillian Armour Design, LLC, a registered California LLC (Limited Liability Corporation). Fashion Image Institute, Fashion Training Academy and Fashion Stylist Institute offer online learning courses and professional certifications for students around the world. Our web sites, ecommerce stores and web portals are open to all members of the public and can be accessed 24/7/365.
Because our course materials are available as needed to the student and docked on an online portal where they can be accessed immediately and used accordingly all sales are final. Used items cannot be returned for refunds. Students experiencing technical issues on their end, with their devices, will also not receive refunds. We are not held responsible for a lack of user knowledge with working online. FSI does not refund the course payments since all material is accessible and obtainable online when course is taken. Open courses are considered to be accessed.
We collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide it. We do not give or sell personal information to others. Our servers are https secured, therefore all transactions and personal information transmitted is secure. Only information relevant to your order is forwarded to us by our secure payment portal providers. Our business is in full compliance with payment providers with the following policy: all online transactions that require sensitive data such as credit card numbers are required to encrypt the data transmission with current industry standard secure socket layer (SSL) technologies before storage on a device.
Students are also secured on the student portal by IP limitations (two per student) that are carefully monitored for fraudulent use. Students violating our IP policy are immediately expelled from the course and their account closed. No refunds are issued to those who violate this policy. Students who do not complete their course within the time allotted are not permitted to re-enroll. We allow generous time frames in which to complete all course work and achieve professional certification.
Customer Service and Office Hours
We are open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm Pacific Time. Our offices are closed on weekends.
Instructors are available and online to students and also respond via chat and email while in the student portal.
Corporate phone 916.775.4380
email: fashionstylistinstitute at gmail dot com
Students on the education portal site can instant message, email, blog or post from within their portal. Counselors are online and available to all active students during office hours.