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Image Consulting Basics

What is an image consultant?

An image consultant is your partner in success — guiding you to present a uniquely personal and completely professional appearance, improve your business communications, and act appropriately with confidence in any situation. For more information, please see the About Image Consulting section.

What services do image consultants offer?

Image consultants offer assistance in image enhancement for individuals as well as businesses and large corporations. These services may include body and color analysis, wardrobe development and management, personal shopping, communication coaching, business and social etiquette, branding, and more. Please visit our Find an Image Consultant section to locate a consultant in your area and to learn more about the services he or she provide.

Finding a Personal Image Consultant

Why should I hire an image consultant?

Ultimately, an image consultant can help you to become more successful in your professional and personal life. He or she can accomplish this by working with you to enhance your interpersonal skills, to improve your appearance and to increase your confidence.

How can I find an image consultant in my town/city/country?

lease visit the Membership Image Consultant Directory on this website and search by the criteria important to you, such as services provided, location, and certification level.

How many image consultants should I interview?

This depends upon your personal preference. However, you may consider interviewing up to three candidates to determine the one best suited to your needs.

What questions should I ask?

When you are interviewing candidates, you should find out:

  • If they are members of AICI
  • How long they have been in business
  • What services they offer
  • Their background, training and client experiences
  • Their references
  • Their fee structure

If an image consultant does not offer the services you are seeking, ask for referrals.

How long will it take before my image starts to improve?

This depends upon your needs and your individual experience with an image consultant. Often, visual changes are immediate. Other changes, such as confidence level and communication skills, sometimes take more time.

If I am happy with my overall image, can an image consultant still help me?

Many people who are happy with their overall image still benefit from the services of an image consultant. Virtually everyone can enhance some aspect of their image to increase their effectiveness in their personal or professional life.

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How Can An Image Consultant Help My Company?

An image consultant can help your employees gain confidence in their appearance and improve their behavior and communications skills. You can be confident that with the proper grooming, attire, body language, communications skills and attitude, your employees will positively promote and validate your company’s image.

An image consultant can help your employees gain confidence in their appearance and improve their behavior and communications skills. You can be confident that with the proper grooming, attire, body language, communications skills and attitude, your employees will positively promote and validate your company’s image.

An image consultant can also help you develop standards and best practices to promote accountability and help your employees consistently project a positive image for your company.

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Becoming an Image Consultant

How can I become an image consultant?

Start by visiting the Discover the Career page of this website.

How do I choose which image education or training program to take?

Before enrolling, you should interview each training program you are considering. During the interview, be sure to ask how long they’ve been in business and who their students are. You should then interview some of their students, and call AICI members in the area and ask for feedback about the training program.

Where can I receive image education and training?

To accelerate or begin your career as an image consultant, visit our Image Trainers’ Directory and discover the best training programs in our industry. It is also helpful to join AICI change to the new join landing page that you create to increase your credibility as an image consultant. As a member, you will have many educational opportunities including our Annual Conference, workshops through your local AICI chapter, teleclasses and webinars. To gain expertise in image consulting, consider volunteering at your local charity clothes closet where you can meet other image consultants and practice your skills. Click here for more information on Philanthropic Programs.

What are the required books, courses, and costs? The curriculum covered by the AICI certification exams is defined in the Certification section of our website. How you master that curriculum is up to you. Some AICI applicants study independently, while others work with a consultant or take courses or a training program. Some AICI Chapters organize certification study groups.

Are preparation guides available?

AICI offers a Study Guide for the First Level Certification (AICI FLC) exam. Click to download the AICI FLC Examination Handbook and AICI FLC Walk Through.

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About AICI Certification and CEUs

What is certification and why is it important?

Certification validates you as a professional and lends credibility to your work. It allows you to charge more for your work, ensures a higher search return on AICI’s Find An Image Consutant search, and ultimately, provides more exposure for your business to the public.

What are the different levels of certification?

1) AICI Certified Image Master (AICI CIM)
2) AICI Certified Image Professional (AICI CIP)
3) AICI Certified Image Consultant (AICI CIC)

What are CEUs and why are they important?

CEUs are Continuing Education Units and are earned by taking approved courses. Members must earn a certain number of CEUs in order to maintain AICI certification. Visit our Maintaining Certification page to learn about the requirements for each certification level. Visit the Continuing Education section to learn more about CEUs and to find CEU’d programs.

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