Did you know?

The Ivy Professional Sales Certificate is the first in Iowa and one of the best in the world.

Research studies suggest that approximately 80 percent of marketing majors accept a sales position upon graduation and 60 percent of all business students will take a job with at least some sales-related duties after graduation. If you’re not a marketing major, or even a business major, that’s OK. You can still enjoy the benefits of having this certificate on your resume. It’s an asset to any major because sales is at the heart of most business enterprises.

During the 2023-24 academic year, students from all of Iowa State’s six colleges were represented in the core sales class. Nearly a quarter of all students enrolled in the Foundations of Personal Selling were non-business majors ranging from agricultural engineering to kinesiology, industrial design to financial counseling, and mechanical engineering to architecture.



Where experiential learning comes to life

At the Ivy College of Business, we equip you with the knowledge and skills related to developing and managing mutually beneficial relationships with customers. You will be participating in role-play exercises, sales presentations, industry-based case studies, team projects, and other experiential learning opportunities.

Does that sound intimidating? No worries. We’ve got your back!

You will have all the support you need from our internationally known faculty. They will be there every step of the way as you work directly with leaders in various industries who will share their expertise and provide support. You will learn about the ethical, technological, analytical, and global aspects of professional sales. Having this certificate will increase your chances of getting a job upon graduation and may even improve your chances of becoming the CEO of a company! One-fifth of CEOs in the world had some type of background in sales.

Riley Rugemer-Professional Sales Certificate

Everyone always told me, through every lemonade stand, through every cupcake sale, I was meant to be in business. I knew how to sell things from a young age. Pursuing the sales certificate at Iowa State is preparing me for a successful career in business.

Riley Ruegemer (’23 management information systems, marketing)

Interview rooms in the Houston Sales Suite

Prioritizing student success

The Houston Professional Sales Suite is home of the Ivy sales program. Started in spring 2019, the new program is off to a great start. Sales Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that elevates the sales profession through college and university programs, recently named the new Ivy program a “Top University Sales Program in 2019.” Since sales is at the heart of most business enterprises, leaders at the Ivy College of Business invested in this program as a result of market demand and dedicated an entire suite in the new Gerdin Business Building expansion to this area.

The suite allows space for sales education and real-life practice that will put you in front of the competition.

Professional career coaching

At Ivy, you can take advantage of professional career coaching. A career coordinator can assist you on how to approach the job market and to develop job-seeking strategies as well as networking opportunities. We are here to help you succeed!

Sales professional

A sales professional in the making

Earning your professional sales certificate will increase your chances of getting a job upon graduation and may even improve your chances of becoming the CEO of a company! Did you know one-fifth of CEOs in the world have some type of background in sales?

Connect with us

Undergraduate Student Services

1200 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011


Ivy Sales Program Director

Raj Agnihotri
3185 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011