When it comes to schooling, the choice of school has a very big influence on our learning. This is not limited to some subjects but to all. A bartender choosing the right school will make sure that he gets practical and hands on experience and knowledge that will help him to stand out from the crowd. A good school will make sure that bartenders understand the concepts of mixing drinks well and are thus good at what they do. Some of the things that one should keep in mind when choosing a bartending school include:
Student to teacher ratio
The lower the student to teacher ratio, the better for the student as that means that every student can get individualized attention and authentic practice which can make one to be more skilled.
School curriculum and course structure
Before you settle on a certain school or you choose that bartending course, you should consider checking out the curriculum of the school and the course structure. Different institutions may have different ways of rolling out the course and even though the same course may be offered at different places it may not be the same. A good school should have an inclusion of refresher courses to help student to stay up to date with the latest recipes. The course structure should also include alcohol awareness training as it is required by regulations. Generally a good school should be all rounded and the course structure should be in such a way that it nurtures creativity of the students.
Accreditation and licensing
Students should look for a school that has accreditation from the accreditation council for continuing education or state licensing. The school should have affiliations with the right institutions such as the American Bartending association. For a school to be state licensed, it has to meet all the curriculum requirements, have proper facilities, have approved instructors and be financially secure. Therefore one is more likely to have confidence in a school if it is state licensed.
No one wants to end up in an institution where the job placement rate is high. It is important to get information on former successful students and where they have been placed. Some schools have a job placement policy for example they have partnered with some job institutions which absorb their students. It is important to find out as much information as possible about the job lead of the learning institution as possible.
Of course different institutions have different pricing policies which make them to charge differently for their services. You should make sure that you are able to get value for your money. You should also keep in mind that sometimes quality comes at a cost but not always. As much as many institutions that charge more may be better, that may not always be the case. With proper research however it will be easy to tell if the institution will give you a run for your money or not.