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The International Butler Academy

The International Butler Academy (TIBA) is a unique, exclusive and professional butling and house management school. We are proud to be the finest and most innovative butler service training institute in the world, second to none. We are equally proud that some of the world's wealthiest families, international businesses, as well as five-star hotels, resorts, private clubs, and cruise lines, turn to us for staff training, for staff recruitment as well as for our highly specialized consulting services. Our comprehensive 10-week, 800 curriculum hour, government licensed training program will introduce each student to all the expected duties of a butler, personal assistant, valet, house and estate manager.

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We are sorry, but the May/July 2017 program is full. The September/November 2017 program is full.
Please join us for the January/March program of 2018.

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A private and unique household

Please study our website and find out why our school is the number one of its kind in the world.

We have an astounding 80.000 sq.ft. (135 rooms) available at our Academy for the training of our students, in a building that we own and that is completely dedicated to the training program. The personalities, challenges and situations we have created for you at The International Butler Academy will allow you to study and learn, while experiencing a private and unique household. In this respect it can hardly be called a school. In fact, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you will be a real working butler, in a real household. This is why 95% of our students graduate successfully and 85% end up in rewarding positions, somewhere in the world. More importantly however is that 75% of these graduates are still employed in the same job one year after their recruitment. We are the only school of its kind in the world where students live, work and learn in a real, multi-million-dollar household. Attending our professional training program truly is a life-changing experience.

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What does it mean to join our training program?

As a graduate of The International Butler Academy you are its Ambassador, and serve with pride and professionalism. At our Academy you will learn to keep up with the demands of running a modern, busy and real household, with confidence, grace and style. Our intensive, 800 curriculum hour, 10-week training program will provide you with all the skills and qualifications you need to get you started in this exciting profession. Our professional teaching standards and outstanding, highly experienced instructors, in combination with a superb training location, make The International Butler Academy the crown of all butling, house management, hospitality and service training. Make no mistake, success is not a guarantee. Success requires motivation, dedication, devotion and the ability to combine energy, passion and commitment. You must be willing to put another person's wishes before your own, and do so with a genuine wish to be of service.

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Who are our students?

As you can see from the many photos on our web site, our students come from all over the globe. Approximately 25 percent of our students are female. The youngest student to date was 18 years of age. The oldest student to date was 68 years of age. We placed the older student with a hotel in New York. Butling is one profession where age is truly not important. Backgrounds of students differ enormously. Successful graduates, now working in superb positions, include a dermatologist, a carpenter, a private banker, a hotel director, a taxi driver and a lawyer. A number of students come from the hospitality industry. Make no mistake, success is not a guarantee. Success requires motivation, dedication, devotion and the ability to combine energy, passion and commitment.

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What is required to join our training program?

Except for a working knowledge of English, and a minimum age of 18, no previous training or experience is required. "School English" is fine. We are a butler school and not a language school, and your English capabilities will not be graded. Of course you must be able to communicate in English, and understand the lessons that are all in English. Gender and age are not important either. What is very important, is having a service oriented attitude and the right personality for this esteemed profession. Study our web site and understand why so many before you decided on The International Butler Academy.

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Become part of The International Butler Academy family

Apply now and assure yourself a place in our esteemed institution. E-mail us your Résumé (Curriculum Vitae) plus a current photo and indicate which ten-week training program you wish to attend. Our students come from all over the world and our graduates form a large and important network. By joining The International Butler Academy you will become part of our family. Our network includes numerous corporate and private clients, hotels, resorts, clubs, and many placement agencies from around the world, including the prestigious International Guild of Professional Butlers. Request a free brochure here.

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Our mission statement

The International Butler Academy educates, prepares and coaches dedicated individuals in order to become professionals in the True Art of Service and house management. The International Butler Academy provides its graduates with the best possible qualifications for entering the butling and private service profession. We offer superb training that provides an introduction into a career which should last a lifetime. The International Butler Academy trains skilled professionals who meet and exceed the demands of the modern international household. Our graduates can be, and are employed by discerning employers anywhere in the world. By combining traditional skills and knowledge with cutting-edge technology and training, we bring the traditional art of butling into the 21st century.

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Our website

Our website reflects the rather conservative approach to our philosophy and training methods. It is not flashy, nor is it glamorous. It is geared towards providing first class, true, complete, always updated and to the point information. All photos on our web site are of our own students, and of our own school. Nothing is "borrowed" from other web sites. Please contact us if something is not clear. Although our website is extremely informative, you should visit us If at all possible. Only then will you be able to experience the high quality of our school. You are welcome to bring a friend. If you wish to be assured that you have seen every page of our web site then go to the web site map here. Thank you for visiting our website, and please enjoy the presented information.

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References?

Who else would be better to advise you than our graduates? In case you have any doubt that our school is the best one in the world, you should read the many reference letters on our web site. Note that we not simply place made-up quotes with made-up names but instead list real graduates with real letters. These graduates are proud to be part of the TIBA family. You will be also. Read these reference letters here. Below is one example.

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August 11, 2014: "Dear faculty, my name is Joanne Barrow and I am a graduate (March 2002) of the International Butler Academy. After many years since my time in The Netherlands, working primarily as a Nanny and Household Manager in the US, I found myself today reviewing my school materials from 12 years ago to find a specific protocol procedure I had remembered studying at TIBA. So many times over the years I have leaned on the experiences I gained at TIBA. The education and diploma I received there set me apart from others in my field and gave me an edge that has opened doors beyond my wildest expectations. The formal training I received as a Butler in conjunction with other short courses in private service excellence, have driven me to take my 23 years of hands on experience to a new level. I left TIBA with great memories, but more importantly, with a deep and thorough understanding of service excellence, transferrable within any area of the private service industry. In 2013 I was named The International Nanny Association's "Nanny of the Year".

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Our Academy's Pledge

You wish to know what our students, our school, and our faculty are all about? The pledge below will give you a good impression of our norms and values. Everyone at The International Butler Academy is required to sign off on this pledge. The TIBA pledge is the result of some hard work by students and faculty. It represents the soul and spirit of The International Butler Academy.

"I pledge to respect and adhere to the philosophy, rules and principles of The International Butler Academy and the norms and values it represents. I take full responsibility for my actions, attitude and performance at all times. By my professional and reasoned conduct, and through my energy, passion and commitment, I will embody the highest standards of service, loyalty, trust, discretion and excellence. I will establish and maintain my personal accountability and integrity through honest achievement and commitment to my vocation. My attitude is shown in my behavior and my behavior shows my character. My character is my destiny."

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Clients wishing to hire a professional butler

The International Butler Academy will be pleased to assist employers with their recruiting needs. We have developed a very straightforward selection process for both the employer and employee to ensure a mutually successful placement. We will consult with employers about their domestic needs in a professional and thorough way, and work with them to find them the perfect staff member. Note that for our TIBA graduates as well as for independent candidates, our recruitment services are completely free of charge. Please review the placement agency page for further details.

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CNN Report - March 14, 2017

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Warning - We have no choice than to warn the public. To employers: certain placement agencies have sent so-called butlers to clients saying they have been trained by The International Butler Academy, when in fact they have not. Employers should always contact us for verification. To prospective students: may we suggest to carefully check-out so-called hospitality and butler schools, and do your research carefully, before parting with your hard-earned money. Do not be fooled by fancy web sites, incredulous statements, and dubious owner profiles.

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