The Sky’s the Limit…

The Shop! MaRC Program is the industry’s only globally recognized credential that keeps retail individuals current on retail environments and experiences. This extensive and intense certification program encompasses the strategic and tactical aspects of being a supplier to the retail industry to give participants a competitive edge.

Defining MaRC

As the trade association focused on enhancing retail environments and experiences, Shop! is committed to providing relevant, high quality, career-enhancing professional development programs that directly address the specific needs of our industry.

Although the career paths may be diverse—ranging from sales to purchasing, store planning, shopper marketing and more—a foundational knowledge of the way our industry works is essential to each.

Successful completion of the MaRC credentialing process demonstrates understanding of all phases of the Shop! Value Cycle, which outlines the full spectrum of activities that drive shopper purchases at retail. Download the Exam Content Outline.

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The Certification Process

Register for Program

Prepare for the credentialing process by registering for the program here.

Download Guide

Prepare for the program by downloading the MaRC Candidate Handbook here.

Purchase Exam Prep

Purchase and download the official program text MaRC Examination Prep.

Register to Test

After your self-study is complete, register and remit fees for the test. REGISTRATION IS OPEN.

MaRC Recertification Process

Already MaRC Certified? Click here for the MaRC Recertification Process and to submit a summary of your earned PDUs for all activities completed that were not registered for via the Shop! website.

A tool for success

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The program uses the new MaRC Exam Prep as its basis. Subject matter experts from all segments of the retail industry have authored chapters on the knowledge, skills, and abilities they regard as necessary for success in today’s retail environment.

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The education program at Shop! is supported in part by:

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MaRC Certification Application

Register here to begin your MaRC journey.

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The MaRC certification is a culmination of my professional experience in such a dynamic environment. Personally, it has assisted in building my brand within the organization and professionally, this serves as an extension of my knowledge, expertise, and willingness to adapt to the ever-changing marketing-at-retail landscape and shopper behaviors.”

Tracey Dougherty, MaRC, Merchandising Strategy Manager, Hershey Canada

We value the MaRC program as a part of our career development program. To advance at Rapid and to provide the greatest value to our clients, we encourage our employees to prepare for and pass the MaRC as it confirms our understanding of all aspects of in-store marketing.

Peter Kornhaber, MaRC, VP Sales and Marketing, Rapid Displays

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Why become certified?

Career advancement opportunities
Higher wage earning opportunities
A mechanism to demonstrate competency and professionalism
A competitive advantage over non-certified individuals

MaRC Frequently Asked Questions

Does an applicant need to be a member of Shop! to pursue the certification?

While Shop! offers substantial discounts to its members, one does not have to belong to the association in order to seek certification.

What is the basis for the MaRC credential?

This extensive and intense certification program encompasses the strategic and tactical aspects of being a supplier to the retail industry to give participants a competitive edge. The competencies, based on Shop’s Value Map, focus on its five domains: Research, Design, Build, Market, Evaluate and attempt to exam the candidate’s knowledge and skills associated with each area.

For whom is the certification designed?

The MaRC program is designed for individuals in the retail industry who want to differentiate themselves by having an understanding of the key elements of the industry confirmed by an independent third party.

What are the pre-requisites for the program?

There are no pre-requisites for the credential. Shop membership is not a requirement for certification.

How is the program structured?

The program uses the MaRC Exam Prep text as its basis. Subject matter experts from all segments of the retail industry have authored chapters on the knowledge, skills, and abilities they believe necessary for success working in today’s retail environment.

What are the costs involved in pursuing the MaRC certification?

Member/Non-Member
1. One Time Application Fee $150/$250
2. Text (Digital Format/PDF) $150/$250
3. Initial Exam Fee $300/$400
4. Re-exam Fee $150/$250
5. Triennial Recertification Fee $300/$400

Where are the exams offered?

Shop! has engaged Question Mark, a global provider of professional development services, as its exam provider. The candidate must submit the completed program application, exam registration form and appropriate fees at least six weeks in advance of the examination date. Examinations are delivered through a computer-based, secured server website during the four designated examination windows throughout the year.

When can I take the exam?

Candidates are able to take the MaRC certification exam anytime during the month it is offered. Currently, the exam is offered quarterly as outlined below. Candidates will be notified if a testing window changes.

June 2017
September 2017
November 2017
February 2018
May 2018
August 2018
November 2018

How long is the exam?

The closed-book exam is two hours long.


Contact

For questions regarding the program, textbook or credentialing process, please contact

Melissa Campbell | Education Manager
312-863-2908
mcampbell@shopassociation.org