Certified Event Rental Professional

The event rental industry’s premier designation.

Professional development specifically for you

The Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP) program is offered exclusively by ARA for event rental professionals. The program is available to all ARA members that have been employed at an event rental store for at least six months. This in-depth, online program is designed to strengthen your knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the industry and your customers. This redesigned 23-course program focuses on front-of-the-house topics: fundamentals of the industry, customer service, sales, tabletop, inventory, and marketing.

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Who should enroll?

Event rental professionals that have worked in an event rental store for at least six months and are committed to gaining a competitive edge and learning industry best practices.

What are the requirements to enroll?

The program is available to all ARA members that have been employed at an event rental store for at least six months.

Program overview

This redesigned 23-course program focuses on front-of-the-house topics: fundamentals of the industry, customer service, sales, tabletop, inventory, and marketing. Students must complete all 23 courses by successfully completing a quiz at the end of each course and passing with an 80%.

The new CERP topics include:

Fundamentals of the Event Rental Industry
1. Introduction to Event Rental
2. Overview of the Event Rental Process
3. Building a Successful Event Rental Career
4. Teamwork and Collaboration
5. Networking
6. Event Rental Profitability
7. General First Aid and Safety
Customer Service
8. Customer Service 101
9. Advanced Customer Service Skills
Sales
10. Introduction to Event Rental Sales
11. Inside Sales
12. Outside Sales
Tabletop
13. Tabletop Inventory 1: Table & Chairs
14. Tabletop Inventory 2: Linens 15
Tabletop Inventory 3: Tableware
16. Tabletop Inventory 4: Glasses & Cups
17. Rental Design 101
Inventory
18. Working with Inventory
19. Maximizing Inventory
Marketing
20. Introduction to Marketing
21. Digital Marketing
22. Consumer Behavior
23. Marketing in the Event Rental Industry

Recertification

To recertify, you will need to earn 35 professional credits within a 5 year time-frame, complete the application and pay the recertification fee.

Recertification Application

 

 

CERP Marketing

When you become a CERP graduate, you will be sent marketing materials designed to help you raise awareness of your designation among your customers and potential customers. You will also be added to the FindaCERP locator that offers thousands of unique visitors and quality leads! Check out FindaCERP.com. ​

How much does it cost?

All users, per license:

$499

 

A 10% discount applies when five or more concurrent programs are purchased in a 12-month period. Email education@ararental.org prior to purchasing the programs and a coupon code will be emailed to you. The CERP program qualifies for the Employee Training Assistance Program which offers 50% off for training assistance. Apply for the Employee Training Assistance Program here.

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Active Graduates

Currently over 1,000 active Certified Event Rental Professionals.

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Monthly Searches

Customers are looking for rental professionals, all year long.

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Networking Hours

We provide numerous networking opportunities including events at The ARA Show.

 
 

CERP Training Qualifies for the Employee Training Assistance Program

The ARA Foundation offers assistance paying for the Certified Event Rental Professional certification and other training opportunities by paying 50% of the training cost. Fill out our short application today!

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Frequently asked questions

  • How long does it take to become a CERP?

    You must complete CERP by 12/25/2022. 

    You must complete CERP by 12/25/2022.
  • What counts as a professional credit?

    Professional credits are issued for things such as your ...

    Professional credits are issued for things such as your company's membership, your education level and years of experience, training you have completed or lead, and your involvement in community service projects. 25 credits are required to earn your certification.
  • Who should become a CERP at my company?

    Anyone who is committed to gaining a competitive edge ...

    Anyone who is committed to gaining a competitive edge and learning industry best practices.
  • What is required to recertify?

    To recertify you must ...

    To recertify, you will need to earn 35 professional credits within a 5 year time-frame, complete the application and pay the recertification fee. You'll also need to fill out this form.