Please read through the very important Reference Letters written by past Graduates to learn more about what you may expect from our training program. This is the very best source of information you can find. Our Graduates are indeed our Ambassadors. They are living proof of the overall quality of our Academy.
The International Butler Academy offers a truly fantastic package of instruction and experience, making the training time as rewarding, exciting, and as pleasant as possible. Did we mention that training takes place at the largest private estate in The Netherlands?
The International Butler Academy is an officially registered training institute. Of the various registrations, the one with the Dutch CRKBO (www.crkbo.nl) is one of the most important ones. This governing body examines, verifies and registers private institutes, assuring that these institutes and its trainers comply with the highest standards of education and that appropriate policies are in place. Once an institute is registered with the CRKBO, the institute's students do not need to pay VAT (Value Added Tax), which is of course a huge saving for the students. We are registered with the Chamber of Commerce, pay taxes, are regularly audited, and are affiliated with a number of professional organizations. Even the building we occupy is regularly checked as it is an historic building, and protected by the National Trust. Last, but not least, virtually every placement agency in the world distinguishes TIBA as the only professional butler school in the world.
Many of the world's finest international businesses, as well as five-star hotels and resorts, turn to us for staff training and recruitment. We cherish the trust we have had for so many years. These clients recognize the high quality of our school, our training and recruitment methods and of course our graduates. We are proud to be affiliated with our corporate clients displayed on our website (with permission, of course), and you will find the upper echelon of luxury represented. Many of the world's wealthiest families are our clients also. You would be surprised to learn the names of these clients, which of course, we will never publish. And yes, in case you are wondering, various Royal families are clients also.
Our independent Board of Governors is responsible for determining the mission of The International Butler Academy, oversight of its activities and the efficient use of resources, planning the strategic objectives of the school and ensuring its financial health, governing the syllabus, and that the school conforms to legal requirements. The two main rewards for governors are that they have an enormous sense of achievement when our school does well, and secondly, they are extending their range of skills. Our governors come from a range of backgrounds. They are figures in the local community, professionals, and retired people with relevant experience. Several have an education background and offer independent knowledge acquired over a lifetime in schools.
Warning - Unfortunately we have no choice but to warn the public. Certain placement agencies have sent candidates to clients saying these have been trained by The International Butler Academy, when in fact they have not. Employers should always verify a candidate's credentials. Prospective students should carefully check all schools and do their research well before parting with their hard-earned money. Do not be fooled by fancy websites.