I took the course last week!
Highly recommended! I just finished the course and looked over the materials and instruction (via notes and the manual) right before this review. After reflecting on it, I feel compelled to write that anyone who is interested in learning about how to bartend in Florida take this course at the next possible opportunity they can. Here's why:1. The course is compressed into the core information you will need to be professional. This includes safety, industry knowledge, and of course drink preparation.
Instead of having everyone memorize what comprises a Hot Tub, the instructor (Mike P) makes sure you know the BASICS so you CAN make a Hot Tub: correct pouring techniques, quantities, and presentation. And if you want to actually make a Hot Tub, there is a two sided laminated drink card that tells you how to do so. This speaks to the materials the course provides--a comprehensive manual, a laminated drink page, and a certification of completion that lets an employer know you have completed a course that is recognized with the PBSA. This, plus all the different tools, glasses, and aids to make the drink (including the use of a muddler!) are demonstrated and used throughout the course.2. The instructor, Mike P. He informs the class he has over 22 years of experience, and it shows. He knows the trends and business models of the various ways you can be a bartender, from nightclub to hotel, and everything in between.
His presentation style is excellent: he speaks with a perfect volume and confidently so you understand what is told to you. He answers questions immediately. He encourages everyone in the class, and he is patient when there is confusion. He also has a quick wit to his style, and that is amazing considering the focus of the class and the two days he has to get through it all. He gives his contact info out, and he truly cares about the success of his graduates (case in point: He shared emails with the class of employers looking for recent grads! Clearly he is recognized as an effective teacher or he would not be contacted by them).
Mike, alone, makes the course worth it. The structure of the course seals it.3. Perfect amount to learn. By learning the basics (thoroughly presented) and the safety instruction, you become an valuable asset to an employer. You are not an insurance liability, and you prove you can be taught the business by successfully completing the class. Most companies have a training program (and house rore) everything else will be learned. Your competence is what is developed in the class. In closing I want to say that I wasn't sure if I was goinules) they will provide. As long as you are taught the industry, and how to properly make drinks (from correctly pouring a beer to garnishes and mg to get the value I was looking for because of the low price point for the class. Why would this class be so much less expensive than the other ones? What would I be missing out on? Is this something that would be a waste of time and money because it would be ineffective and not get me where I want to be, which is behind a bar? But I decided to do the class anyway, and I am so grateful I put my concerns aside. The class has everything you need and more. Now I do not understand why anyone would WANT to do the other courses, frankly. The low price point makes this course a steal. I highly recommend it, and you can contact me anytime for further details.