When choosing a bartending school, remember you want to make sure you’re spending your money wisely. Tuition at a Maryland state licensed school must be a set rate, and can’t offer deals or specials to try and get you enrolled. Remember: the least expensive school is never the best! If you save a hundred dollars by attending a cheaper school and one closer to home, but never land a bartending job, then your money was wasted.
Here at the Maryland Bartending Academy, constantly have people who compared us to other state bartending schools and decided to enroll with us, even though many of them live minutes away from less expensive schools. They choose us for many reasons. Here are a few of them.
Founded in 1980, we are Maryland’s oldest professional bartending school; we have trained & placed more of our students than all other MD bartending schools combined; Because of our outstanding reputation, 8 out of every 10 new enrollments are referred to us. We also have one of the most realistic, state-of-the-art training facilities in the country. We come highly recommended by the people who matter the most… the people who hire bartenders.
Do some research
Get a free Better Business Bureau report on the school you are considering.
How long has the school been in business?
Read GOOGLE reviews from past grads and hear what they have to say.
Ask about the curriculum, and how often is it revised.
Does the school offer additional practice time throughout the course
and free refresher classes after you graduate?
Is the school an approved training facility by Professional Bartending Schools of America?
Can the school offer nationwide job placement assistance to all graduates
A good bartending school will have a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The classrooms should be set up just like a real bar and equipped with POS (point of sale) terminals, ice machines, hot and cold running water behind their bars, cocktail units, soda guns, draught beer, blenders, professional bar tools, glassware, live feed video cameras for student evaluations/training, custom lighting and sound system, and flat screen TV’s.
You should be able to attend a free introductoty class, or at least, be able to tour of the schools facility. Take advantage of the offer. Ask to see the training manuals, placement records, and an actual class in session, or at least walk through the classroom. The classroom should be clean, neat and look like a real bar.