Their grievances range from weak teaching materials, lack of marketing techniques and tools, high licensing fees, and zero ongoing support.
"How could this happen?" "I thought I was making the best decision for my budget and goals." "What should I do now?" These are the statements that individuals share over and over again.
The Etiquette industry is an unregulated industry. There are no standards, rules or restrictions in place. Unfortunately, the industry is not controlled and directed by any fixed government rules or laws.
When you are part of an unregulated industry the door is constantly open to new companies and unfounded claims that they are the leader and provide the best information and latest "correct" behaviors. However, without a standard to regulate the quality of material and information, it is easy for companies to claim anything.
Many of you have heard our President, Peggy Newfield say, "A bicycle and a car both have tires, but the tires are vastly different even though both are called tires. Eventually each one will get you to your destination, but the journey will be slower, not as comfortable and very different."
We encourage anyone who is interested in starting a new career in the etiquette field to research their etiquette education as they would any other form of education.
Our company has combined a few questions that we believe are important when choosing where to get your certification.
How long has the company been in business? This is a great indicator of the business and their credentials. Ask how many individuals have been certified and see if you can speak with graduates who have attended the training. We are always happy to provide references and with more than 550+ Certified ASP graduates, we have a long list of graduates who would be happy to share their experiences.
What are you getting for your money? Make a list of your top priorities and check to see if you are able to receive all these items through the program. If you are planning to start a new business, then you want to make sure information on building a business, creating a business plan, selecting a name, providing pictures for your brochures and a solid curriculum are included. At ASP we help you focus on launching your career, building your brand and marketing. These areas along with the intensive etiquette background, hands-on training and teaching manuals that you receive, will help propel you into the etiquette arena.
What do you receive after certification (ongoing support, updated materials, etc,)? Ongoing support after you receive your certification is critical in your journey. The lack of support and mentorship from other companies, is what sets ASP apart. We honor our promise that we will always be here to assist you and provide mentorship as you begin your journey and in the years to follow. We are only a call or an email away and our team is eager to respond.
What is guaranteed? "Guaranteed" is a strong word, but when you are investing in your education and future, you want to feel assured that a successful outcome will occur. Peggy Newfield's background and expertise in etiquette, our tested state of the art curriculum, shared business policies, teaching tools and our 900 page manuals will lead you down a road of success.
What is your learning style? 65% of people are visual learners. An online course or instructional manuals may not suit your learning needs. Hands-on training is always optimal, but we understand that there are often budget restraints. Think about your preferred learning style before committing to a program.
Before enrolling in an etiquette school, do your research. Compile your needs along with your budget. It is hard to determine where to go and which company provides the best value, but if you do your research, you will be less disappointed with the outcome. The best value rarely is the cheapest price.
This article is written in hopes of educating those who are interested in entering the etiquette field and to deter those serious professionals from investing in a company and program that will limit their success. If you have any questions, please call us. We are happy to provide our advice and answer any questions you may have.
If you have been considering joining ASP and you are ready to make a difference in the lives of others, now is the time to make it a reality. We invite you to join us!
I found ASP through a magazine and once I spoke with Peggy, I never looked at another company. I have been asked to teach etiquette at an inner city school and thought certification would be a good idea. I really didn’t know what to expect other than receiving instructional material to take home.
There aren’t enough words to describe how great the training was. I was shocked at how fast the children learned each day. Now I have a mentor to follow and I don’t have to reinvent the “teaching etiquette wheel.” Hold on to your seat. I’m getting ready to BLAST OFF!
Nancy Smith, Alabama