Professional Bookseller Certification Program


MPIBA sponsors the Professional Bookseller Certification Program. The purpose of the Professional Bookseller Certification Program is to provide independent booksellers with an education, training, and accreditation process that will:



  • Elevate the trade of independent bookselling to a standard approaching that of other professionals in similar industries related to education and public literary engagement.
  • Offer a standardized baseline knowledge across all aspects of the independent bookselling industry, as well as professional development opportunities for career booksellers.
  • Create an opportunity for mentorship, guidance, innovation, teaching, and information sharing among book industry members that will compensate people for their time and expertise.


MPIBA will reimburse member bookstores for their staff members who take these classes. Reimbursement will be issued when booksellers receive certification.