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The International Butler Academy offers a 10-week training program, three times a year. Below you will find a full listing of available programs in the (near) future.

Please join us for the September 13 - November 20, 2021 training program.


September 13 - November 20, 2021- first available training programApply now.

January 17 - March 26, 2022.

May 16 - July 23, 2022.

September 19 - November 26, 2022.

January 23 - April 1, 2023.

May 15 - July 22, 2023.

September 18 - November 25, 2023.

The International Butler Academy's highest standards of excellence impose a limitation on the number of places available on each training program. This enables instructors to concentrate on the individual needs and aspirations of each and every student. In case you are interested in studying at our school we advise you to apply early, so you will not be disappointed because all places are taken. You may request admittance to a training program that is full, if you have an urgent reason why you must join that program and you do not wish to wait for the first available program. In such a case you may e-mail us your Résumé (CV), photo and a motivation letter. In certain cases we will allow you to join that program. A personal reason might be that you are unemployed or that due to certain responsibilities you are only available for a specific time in the year.

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The Curriculum

Butlers and house managers in today's residential market must understand the skill set of each staff member in the residence. Our students learn how to correctly execute each household job skill to facilitate superior management of their staff. We have painstakingly put together an excellent curriculum of which we are very proud. We cannot provide too detailed information on our web site, but we can show you a glimpse of what you may expect. You will be responsible for the rest of the staff, and possibly the yacht, the jet, and other properties. You will be the estate or house manager, sometimes the chauffeur and at times even the housekeeper, handyman, accountant, gardener etc. Whatever your role, we will teach you to do it with style and grace.


The International Butler Academy teaches a personal service expertise and organizational structure that supports the management of complex homes and lifestyles. We train you in all the aspects of butling and house management. For the duration of the entire 10-week training program, all students will have from us their own personal iPad Air with software installed on it. This personal iPad Air is one more tool that allows students to learn running a high-value estate, mega yacht, or Palace. Of course, the iPad Air is also used for learning techniques and information gathering at our Academy. It even allows students to communicate with the faculty and with each other, on and off duty. The core areas of study and some examples of subjects covered in each include:

  • The life of a butler
    includes history and traditions, personal traits, technical skills, personal and professional standards, and service in detail. Click the link above (The life of a butler) and review an example of how detailed our approach to one single subject actually is.

  • The modern butler
    includes the use of cutting-edge technology, the TIBA butler's online platform, and more.

  • Staff management
    includes interviewing skills, hiring and firing, employee handbooks and house rules, human resources and personnel issues, staff communications, boundaries, time management.

  • House management
    includes setting of routines and schedules, household hierarchy, defining and setting standards, purchasing.

  • Table management
    includes setting tables and serving meals, serving skills, styles of service, table manners, wines and champagnes, cigars, creating menus, special celebrations.

  • Laundry and Wardrobe management
    includes linens and fine fabric care, clothing maintenance, ironing & pressing, dry-cleaning, storing, product knowledge.

  • Valeting skills
    examines the professional Gentleman's Gentleman, and includes dress codes, formal wear, purchasing and care of bespoke clothing and shoes, maintaining inventories, packing and unpacking suitcases.

  • Communication
    includes cultural differences, interpersonal skills, body language, remembering names and making conversation, telephone manners, presentation skills.

  • Pets
    includes responsible animal care, animal welfare, pets behavioral needs, dogs and cats grooming, etc.

  • Etiquette & Protocol
    includes addressing persons of different cultures and titled persons, acquiring social confidence, social and business correspondence, common-sense good manners and consideration for others, personal norms and values.

  • Cooking
    includes balancing food and wine, menu planning and record keeping, hygiene, speed-cuisine, quality control, the Chef's night off.

  • Miscellaneous
    includes traveling with your employer, flower arranging, relocating the household, chauffeuring techniques, security, character building and much, much more.

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Practical and skills focused training

The art of managing a 21st century household requires training and practice. Our training and our curriculum are broad, practical and skills focused. We emphasize skills that are current and relevant to today’s households. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with comprehensive butler and house manager skills that can be put to use on day one of their first private service position.

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. Although a large part of your responsibility as a butler could be such things as serving meals, setting tables and the like, and you will receive ample training in these areas, the overall training mainly focuses on how to professionally run and manage a large, multi-million-dollar estate and how to manage your staff.

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Practical Training

Every few days one student is appointed student head butler and one student is appointed assistant student head butler. Both are in charge of the group. As student head butler, a student is responsible for organizing all meals that day, organizing any field trip during that time, looking after guests, and managing the rest of the staff so that everyone knows what he or she needs to do. Role-playing is an important instrument we use in our training methods. It allows students an opportunity to know and understand what it is like to be in charge of a large staff and at the same time the staff will learn to work under a demanding supervisor. Every single day is a practical learning day. Events at school are real. Delivery people are real. Maintenance people are real. The demanding family is real. Problems you face as butler in this a multi-million-dollar private home are real. Know this; on the evening of your graduation, you will stand on stage with confidence, knowing that you have just completed a training program of unsurpassed quality.

A typical day runs from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m, although some days may run longer. Various tests need to be fulfilled throughout the training program with final tests taking place in the last week. An enormous amount of training takes place in ten weeks and you have to come mentally prepared. However, these ten weeks are also a lot of fun and you will undoubtedly return home with many new friends and many fond memories.

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Tuition Fees

The total cost of the 10-week program is 14.500 Euros (214 Euros per day). Full details on the 10-week butler training program are below. 

The tuition fee is all inclusive.

  • Ten weeks of world-class training by devoted, professional trainers, in a magnificent training location; the largest private home in The Netherlands.

  • A traditional, 3-piece, high-quality butler uniform, plus 2 white shirts with French cuffs, cufflinks, several pairs of white gloves.

  • Writing pads, pens, office supplies, a butler workbook, a tie, suspenders, apron, wine bottle opener, pocket watch and more.

  • Excellent accommodation in a single and private bedroom. All bedrooms have a window with a beautiful view outside.

  • All outstanding meals for ten weeks (including free days), including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, all prepared by our own in-house Chef.

  • All transportation, including all field trips in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and France, plus on arrival/departure pick up from, and delivery to the airport and/or train station.

  • Free Wi-Fi, free access to the school library, free access to our professional Gym, free access to the students´ online Internet platform, free printing, and much more.

  • Extensive training in Interior Management Systems by having a personal iPad Air with appropriate software installed, for the duration of the entire training program.

  • Complete photographic overview of your entire stay at TIBA, from day one to graduation, including a stunning photo series of you in full uniform on Graduation day, taken by professional photographer.

  • Upon successful graduation, a handcrafted and beautifully framed, and internationally recognized Diploma, with the original document emailed to you as a PDF document.

Once you are studying with us you need not to worry about all the many extra costs students end up paying at other schools. With us everything is included. We are extremely proud of the way we have structured the tuition fee and that everything included is of a very high quality.


Training takes place in a large and unique private home. Students have access to all school facilities including the extensive library and fitness studio. The International Butler Academy uses only the very finest and most expensive crystal, china, silver and more. During your training with us there will be a number of events, in which you, your fellow students and the trainers will take an active part. From very formal dinners to casual lunches, from a lovely wedding to an afternoon tea, you will experience it all. Student accommodation is superb and so are all meals. 


The total cost of the 10-week butler training program, everything included, is 14.500 Euros (214 Euros per day). A deposit fee of 750 Euros is required to confirm your participation, with the remaining sum of 13.750 Euros to be paid no later than 60 days prior to the start of the program. All fees are non-refundable, for any reason, but may be applied towards a future training program in case you must reschedule, fall ill, or have a personal situation which forces you to postpone. Upon request, we will gladly email you the formal document concerning our "refund, complain, sanction, grading, and payment policy", otherwise we will assume you fully understand the above paragraph.


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