By Royal Appointment

The References

Who else would be better to advise you than our graduates? They are proud to be part of the TIBA family. They are proud to be Butler Academy ambassadors. You will also be. Maybe we are overdoing it with the number of letters we place on our website. However, we believe these letters to be enormously important. Our graduates know The International Butler Academy to be the finest Butling and household management school in the world.

Note that we do not simply place made-up quotes with made-up names but list real graduates with real letters. Click the Links below and read the letters, please. They speak for themselves.

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Bas van Vooren
November 2021
Winston Steur
May 2021
Ines Stichert
November 2020
Sonja Landerer
March 2020 
Goran Turk
November 2018
Alessandro Gennusa
July 2018
Marianne Mura
July 2018
Zi-Xiang Tsai
March 2018
Dorian Fercot
July 2017
Dong Xiao
July 2016
Erik Wouters
November 2015
Franz Josef Huber
November 2013
John Hoey
July 2013
Johanna Wild
March 2012
Daniel Oliphant
November 2011
Sachi Fujita
November 2010
Gudrun Malik
July 2010
Jane Tamburelli
March 2010
Jupiter Suarez
November 2009
Lili Hallet
November 2009
Paulo Torres
July 2009
Robert Arciniega
July 2009
Noa Ulmer
July 2009
Lynn Jackson
March 2009
Luc Deflandre
November 2008
Entire Class
March 2008
Colin Wilson
July 2007
Olaf Eman
March 2007
Michael Pendergast
March 2007
Stephan Ringleb
November 2006
Robin Greenfield
July 2005
Stephen Herein
October 2004
Karen Adrian
July 2004
Colin Bryan
July 2004
Richmond Schmidt
November 2003
Richard Sagala
November 2001
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A special letter

Our graduates know The International Butler Academy to be the finest Butling and household management school in the world. Our graduates are proud to be part of the TIBA family. They prove that The International Butler Academy lives up to its reputation and the expectations of students and employers worldwide. Who else would be better to advise you than our graduates! We have hundreds of letters. Read the letter below from Joanne Barrow, an outstanding student who achieved distinction on her diploma.

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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 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, and 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, transferable 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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Excerpts from other letters

Damijan Ostojic. "Thank you for putting together such a team of professional trainers and, most of all, good people. The time spent at The International Butler Academy changed my life. I learned a new way of thinking and obtained a new attitude. I gained a new sense of professionalism. Thank you for everything."

Bruno Constant. "From the student accommodations to the grand mansion we worked in, and from stationery equipment to our butler's uniform, The International Butler Academy exceeded my highest expectations. I am very honored to have been your student. You taught us humility, kindness, and, most importantly, passion and priceless knowledge."

Mereta Bailey. "At The International Butler Academy, I did not realize I was going through such a life-enhancing experience. Looking back now, I see how much I gained, and I am truly grateful. Please do not change anything about the training program. Thank you for everything."

Marc van Eekelen. "The International Butler Academy not only offered me a superb training program, but the school also assisted me in planning my career. They placed me in the ultimate job with a wonderful family. I am proud to be part of the "TIBA family". Thank you."

Jeroen van de Geer. "Thanks to The International Butler Academy, I am now employed as a butler at the Burl Al Arab hotel in Dubai. I wish to thank the instructors and management for their support. TIBA created this grand opportunity, and I am proud to be one of its youngest ambassadors."

Els Verburg. "The training program at The International Butler Academy is indeed difficult, even exhausting, but it is also very rewarding. I not only learned professional house management but also ended up with some great new friends. The whole educational experience was memorable. I will never ever forget my time at TIBA."

John Macbeth. "Courses and instructors are engrossing and candid. The curriculum is highly absorbing, and its instructors showcase professionalism with frank examinations of private service on every level, from the offbeat to the mainstream. They are committed to bringing out the best. The International Butler Academy placed me with one of its clients in the USA."

Eddy Craenen. "I would like to express my gratitude towards you for guiding me into the fine world of Butling. Your training proved to be rewarding in so many aspects and will certainly continue to influence my life in the future. It was a privilege to receive training and guidance from such great professionals."

Heidi Smale. "Coming from a hotel management school, the switch to The International Butler Academy was more natural than I thought it would be. Excellence is not easily achieved, but with the fine TIBA trainers, the learning experience was very pleasant. Thanks to you, I now run my own Personal Assistant business."

Mark Dijkens. "After graduating from The International Butler Academy, the school placed me in a top butler position with a marvelous family in England. I live on the estate with my wife and our two children. I could never have dreamt of ending up where I am today. Normally dreams do not come true. This one did. Thank you, TIBA."

Wen Shan. "Thank you for taking such good care of me. I enjoyed every single minute at The International Butler Academy. The whole experience was fabulous. I know TIBA to be the finest school of its kind in the world. Your training is second to none. I am back in China, and I will speak with much pride about my time spent with you."

Patsy Paul. "The training program I took at The International Butler Academy was quite an experience. At times I was so tired, emotionally exhausted, that I wanted to give up, but I am proud I didn't. I now hold the official diploma. I enjoyed TIBA, the Dutch people, and the country tremendously. I went back to the US with many fond memories."

Fernando Arango. "The International Butler Academy was an incredible experience, one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. My time spent at TIBA was very rewarding, and I am filled with gratitude. I hope the time will come when I can give something back to TIBA. Thank you very much."

Rachel Clough. "Coming from the US, it was a privilege to occupy a historical estate. Student housing was fantastic. The trainers were fantastic. The food was fantastic. Everything was fantastic. The training curriculum is incredible. The homework was, at times, overwhelming.  The time flew by too fast."

Daniela Soricetti. "At The International Butler Academy, I had hard times, and I had good times, but there was never any doubt about my choice to be there. The experiences will always remain in my memories and heart and will give me comfort and support in my future life. My greatest respect and deepest gratitude to all the people at TIBA."

Bruno Duvall. "I want to thank you again for allowing me to live this great experience. I will never forget it. I have the feeling now of living in a parallel world with other people. There is not one day without thinking about what happened at The International Butler Academy."

Anita Franks. "In the field of Estate Management, one must look beyond just getting the job done. One must accomplish various functions with a sense of style rising to the level of art. Being employed in private service and with many years of experience, the training at The International Butler Academy gave me the edge I needed to excel in my profession."

George Sindram. "What strikes me most about the training at The International Butler Academy is the emphasis on character building. I would never have guessed that a butler school would pay so much attention to such a topic. For my fellow students and me, the experience made us all "better people. We learned more than we bargained for."

Benjamin Klose. "Thank you very, very much for an unforgettable time and experience at The International Butler Academy. I enjoyed every moment and consider the experience a great gift for my professional future. It is a great honor to be an Ambassador of The International Butler Academy."

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