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AICI Core Competencies

The AICI Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors required for success as an image consultant. These Core Competencies form the basis for certification with AICI and establish a path for continued professional development.

If you are considering working with an image consultant, this listing will give you information about the scope of services an image consultant may offer.

If you are considering becoming an image consultant, this will help you to identify areas of study.

View the core competencies here.

AICI Key Terms of the Image Industry

Formerly referred to as the "Glossary," this listing is an invaluable resource for both established image consultants and those studying to prepare for the AICI CIC Exam. This is a selected listing of key terms as they apply to the image industry. It will help you determine how a term is defined within the context of the AICI Core Competencies and the AICI CIC Exam. This listing of key terms does not include garment styling terms. It is recommended that you acquire a fashion dictionary to become familiar with these terms.

View the key terms below

AICI CIC Suggested Reading

Baldridge, Letitia.
Letita Baldridge's Complete Guide to The New Manners for the 90's.
Macmillian Publishing Company, 1990.

Bassil, James. Presents The Style Bible: The 11 Rules for Building a Complete and Timeless Wardrobe.
Collins, 2007.

Bell, Catherine Graham.
Managing Your Image Potential: Creating Good Impressions in Business.
Prime Impressions, 2001. (Chapter headings and ordering information available here.

Bixler, Susan, and Lisa Scherrer Dugan. 5 Steps to Professional Presence: How to Project Confidence, Competence and Credibility at Work.
Avon, MA: Adams Media Corporation, 2001.

Brown, Bobby. Bobby Brown Make‐up Manual.
Springboard, 2008.

Casperson, Dana May. Power Etiquette: What You Don't Know Can Kill Your Career.
New York: AMA Publication, 1999.

Forni, P.M.
Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct.
St. Martin's Griffin, 2003

Fujii, Donna.
Color with Style.
Graphic‐Sha Publishing, 1991.

Knudsen, Joyce M. and Desmond C.Y. Chan.
From Head to Soul,® International
(Third Edition). Red Publish, 2005.

Mathis, Carla and Helen Villa Connor.
The Triumph of Individual Style: A Guide to Dressing Your Body, Your Beauty, Your Self.
Fairchild Books & Visuals, 2002.

Nix-Rice, Nancy.
Looking Good: A Comprehensive Guide to Wardrobe Planning, Color & Personal Style Development.
Portland, OR: Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, 1996.

Parsons, Alyce.
Style Source: The Power of the Seven Universal Styles for Women and Men.
Universal Style, 2008.

Pease, Barbara and Allan Pease.
The Definitive Book of Body Language.
Bantam, 2006.

Post, Peggy and Peter Post.
The Etiquette Advantage in Business: Personal Skills for Professional Success.
HarperCollins Publisher, 1999.

Rasband, Judith.
Wardrobe Strategies for Women.
Fairchild Books and Visuals, 2002.

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