Retail Education



Whether you're a retail employer, an educator, a student or employee seeking a career in retail, this is your first and best stop for retail career information!

If you're an Employer, you will find information on topics such as training and certification programs, recruitment and how to become more involved with CRI, among other vital topics for your business.

For those wanting a career in the exciting world of retail, you will find valuable information: everything from the varied positions in the retail industry, to job seeking tips and an up-to-date listing of job search websites.

Educators are an important cog in the retail engine. You'll find information such as scholarship programs and teaching tools to help educate retail students.

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Rewarding Canada's Future Retail Talent

Impressing the opportunities of a career in retail on current retail students is critical for the continued growth of the industry. For the past 11 years, RCC’s Retail as a Career Scholarship program has been leading the charge. Read more.


About CRI

Retail is more than just a job. Retail is a dynamic and challenging career!

At Canadian Retail Institute (CRI), we are dedicated to helping you launch the retail career of your dreams. As a division of Retail Council of Canada (RCC), we strive to promote retail as a fulfilling and rewarding career through educational programs, scholarships and partnerships with post-secondary institutions offering retail programs across the country. Our efforts are focused on strengthening the industry by encouraging retail education, increasing career awareness and advancing professional designation programs.

On this site you will find information for students & career seekers, employers and educators. From professional designation programs and scholarships to research and career information and resources, this site has everything you need to explore a career in the retail industry.

Responding to the needs of the retail industry, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) established the Canadian Retail Institute (CRI), which is dedicated to strengthening the industry by encouraging retail education, increasing career awareness and developing certification and training programs to improve workforce skills.

Career Awareness

Retail is a dynamic industry! In order to get the word out, CRI attends career fairs, visits schools, and creates links with educators and employers to inform them about retail careers.


To encourage students to pursue higher education in retail, CRI has created the Retail as a Career Scholarship Program. Scholarships are open to anyone pursuing post-secondary studies in a retail or business-related program.

Certification and Training

As Canada's only professional designations for retail sales associates and first level managers, CRI certification and training programs are designed to ensure employers that their businesses will be supported by a winning and fully qualified in-store team, and to give employees a competitive advantage within the retail industry.