Shop! Continuing Education Program

Shop!’s Continuing Education Program will provide access to professional development opportunities that enable participants to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the performance of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to the industry.

Shop!’s Continuing Education Program will focus on bringing the industry courses and other opportunities that will help confirm the understanding of all phases of the Shop! Value Cycle that outlines the full spectrum of activities that drive shopper purchases at retail.


Current MaRC holders will automatically receive MaRC Recertification credits for each course completed.

Available Online Courses
Each Shop! online Continuing Education courses follow a set of carefully chosen learning objectives. These will help you organize and focus your thoughts as you go through the course so you are better prepared to take the test at the end of the course.  Don’t worry, if you are paying attention the test will be a breeze. All participants will receive a course completion certification at the end of each course.


What legacy will you leave behind?

Course Description

Sustainability is the capacity to endure.  The most widely known definition comes from the 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development, which defined it as: “Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

This eLearning course explores the state of green building in retail by identifying the trends, influencers and characteristics. It provides insight into the benchmarks and life-cycle assessments. The course focuses on Phase 3 of the Shop! Value Cycle – Build.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define sustainability.
  2. Discuss how a proposed sustainability strategy affects each of the three areas of The Triple Bottom line.
  3. Describe why retailers need to pay attention to sustainability trends.
  4. Characterize the state of green building in retail.
  5. Identify factors that influence green building decisions.
  6. Explain the benefits retailer’s gain by building green.
  7. Describe how the use of integrative design affects building green decisions.
  8. Identify characteristics of sustainable retail fixtures and construction material.
  9. Describe how the use of life-cycle assessments affects green marketing decisions.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of product Eco labels and what they communicate.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of green building rating systems.
  12. Explore options for benchmarking sustainability efforts.

Credits: Successful completion of the Sustainability course will provide current Shop! MaRC holders with 1 PDU in Build towards their tri-annual recertification.

Course Length: 60 Minutes
Shop! Value Cycle Focus: Phase 3 of the Shop! Value Cycle – Build
MaRC Recertification Credit: 1 MaRC – Build PDU
Cost: Members $100, Non-Members $150

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