Certificates and MSARP

Certificates & MSARP Credential

Demonstrate your commitment to commercial district revitalization through the MSAI’s certificate and credential programs.


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Build Your Professional Development Path

Over the past 35 years, the professional field of downtown and commercial district management has evolved to require a very distinct set of skills and expertise. The continuing evolution of the profession, driven by ever- changing micro and macroeconomic forces, requires a professional development program that is adaptive and flexible. MSAI offers two distinct certificate programs, culminating in the Main Street America Revitalization Professional credential, the highest credential achievable through MSAI.

Certificate Programs

Community Transformation Certificate

We offer Community Transformation coursework covering a variety of preservation-based community development techniques through the lens of the Main Street Approach


To earn the MSAI’s Community Transformation Certificate, participants must complete:

-  The Community Transformation Workshop
-  Two online courses in each subject area: Economic Vitality, Quality Design, Effective Promotion, and Sustainable Organization

Leadership Development Certificate

We offer Leadership Development coursework providing participants with the skills to manage time, relationships, and resources and to effectively lead a broad array of revitalization efforts within both a commercial district entity and the extended community.

To earn the MSAI’s Leadership Development Certificate, participants must complete:

- The Leadership Development Workshop
- Two online courses in Leadership Development

To receive credit toward certificate programs, participants will be required to complete assignments or pass exams in each course. For more information, see MSAI policies.

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Main Street America Revitalization Professional Credential

Participants who complete both certificate program requirements are eligible to apply to become a Main Street America Revitalization Professional (MSARP), currently the highest credential achievable through MSAI. To earn the MSARP, applicants must pass a comprehensive final examination ($150) within six months of completing all other MSAI coursework.

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Courses and Schedule

MSAI engages, prepares, and connects participants through both online and in-person educational components, providing a convenient and engaging learning experience.

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Policies & Pricing

MSAI offers a convenient and affordable framework for local leaders across the nation. Check out detailed information on participation, policies, pricing and payment. Still have questions? Reach out to us at msai@savingplaces.org.

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Contact Us

We are here to help! To learn more about how MSAI can support your professional development, please contact us at msai@savingplaces.org or 312.610.5611.


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