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Certified Retail Analyst

Because of the unique retail and supplier community in Northwest Arkansas, NWACC is able to offer a Retail and Supplier Program to those interested in the industry or looking to enhance their retail career skills.

Here you can become a certified retail analyst or choose from a selection of courses that will help you continue advancing in your education and career. 

Certified Retail Analyst Program

Due to a partnership between Walmart, the supplier community, and NWACC, the Certified Retail Analyst program offers you a six course path to develop a proficiency in supply chain fundamentals as well as data mining to create goals and recommended actions.

As a certified graduate you will be qualified for entry level work with Walmart and the supplier community. To date, 87% of our graduates report finding employment within one year.


  • College Algebra
  • English Composition I
  • Introduction to Microsoft Office 2013
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and Access

  • Retail Industry Foundations
  • Retail Link Data Management
  • Retail Supply Chain and Replenishment
  • Retail Tools Integration
  • Retail Strategic Analysis
  • Retail Analytical Techniques

Courses are offered throughout the week and in the evenings. 

The Certified Retail Analyst program consists of 270 hours. 

Download the registration packet here


Retail and Supplier Education Policies

Call (479) 936-5175 to make sure you meet the appropriate prerequisites and have submitted the required documents prior to registration.

  • Individuals enrolled in the Certified Retail Analyst Program will receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or F
  • This based on a 10-point grading scale, where 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, and 59 and below=F.
  • A grade of C or better for all classes is required for successful course completion.
  • Students are graded based upon course work, exams, projects, participation, and attendance.
  • Students must also receive a satisfactory grade of C or better in the Retail Analytical Techniques class in order to receive certification as a Retail Analyst.

  • Students are expected to attend every class for which they are registered, but a minimum of 80% class attendance is required to complete the attendance requirement.
  • Absences may be excused if the instructor is contacted in advance with all missed assignments being completed.
  • Excused absences due to emergencies will require documentation.

  • A request to drop or withdraw from a class must be made no later than 3 business days prior to the first class meeting. Students should complete the Drop/Withdrawal form by signing and date it.
  • Students can deliver the completed form 3 ways:
    • Mail it ( if time permits) to NWACC Corporate Learning, One College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712.
    • Email to
    • Fax it to (479) 936-5198
  • Refer to the Corporate Learning academic calendar for last date to withdraw from the Retail Analyst Program classes to receive a “W” on transcript.

  • Class transfer requests must be made no later than 3 business days prior to the first class meeting otherwise students will be charged for the original class.
  • Companies sending employees to a class will have the option to register a substitute and have a previously registered employee removed from the class roster before the class meets for the first time.
  • Request may be made by fax (479) 936- 5198 or email

  • Students may be eligible for a refund if they officially drop from classes within the specified refund periods according to program guidelines.
  • Full refunds will be issued for drop requests received prior to the first class meeting.
  • After the first class meeting, refunds will be issued on a prorated basis.
  • Tuition and class fees paid by cash, check, or credit card will be refunded by check and mailed in approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
  • All refund checks will be mailed to students.