Advanced Leather Solutions Training
To become an effective leather technician requires knowledge and the right products. The market offers choices:
Our training program offers options tailored to the needs of the individual.
This is not a franchise offering yet has all of the essential ingredients of a business opportunity. Our program has:
Our program is not a sales presentation with demonstrations at the front of the room.
Our program is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
Ours is an in-depth immersion where you learn the “how” but more importantly the “why” as well. The goal is to teach the underlying fundamentals so you can think for yourself, not simply do by rote.
We offer a complete hands-on training program and a full Leather Repair and Restoration business starter kit.
The class is scheduled on an as-needed basis at our Hayward, CA (San Francisco Bay Area) facility.
The following is a general overview and some additional information that includes:
THE BASICS OF LEATHER REPAIR
This course is intended for people who repair leather. The candidates include leather service technicians, automobile detailers, leather furniture manufacturers, leather supply houses, transit companies, warranty companies, and retailers (to name a few). At the conclusion of this course, the attendee will have a basic grasp of how to assess a problem, develop a strategy for repair, and execute the appropriate steps to apply the most viable solution.
Course Fee: $25,000. If another attendee from the same entity (like a business partner, or husband-and-wife team), the second person can attend at ½ price ($10,000).
The sample lesson demonstrates our pedagogical approach to adult training that follows the principles defined by Malcolm Knowles, who is the father of andragogy. Andragogy is the art and science of helping adults learn. To see the construct of a sample lesson online, click this link. To download it, click this link, and choose "Save target as", or "Save link as" from the menu. Adobe Reader must be installed on your computer to view this .pdf file.
This course is intended for those who desire a fundamental understanding of the leather repair process. The goal is to impart sufficient knowledge for an individual to accomplish simple repairs to damaged leather. This includes a basic grasp of key principles and concepts including:
It is important to note that this training program is based on the real-world experiences of our field technicians who garnered this knowledge through 26 years of leather repair and restoration. Its focus is solutions to common problems encountered on leather furniture. It is not an academic exercise. Nor is it a sales pitch for a franchise. Rather, it’s a practical, solutions-oriented program dedicated to sharing the hard-fought knowledge, tricks and short-cuts that only experience teaches.
When completed, each participant will be able to create strong, invisible and long lasting repairs to damaged leather. However, we believe that the practical training process is on-going and will continue well after the formal training is concluded. The true test of your skills will come when you are in the field faced with real-world challenges under the harsh lights and discerning eye of a client. In that regard, we commit to have our technicians available to answer questions and help guide you through difficult repairs as you encounter them. Thus the training continues after the formal training ends, boosting your confidence and improving your effectiveness.
Each participant that successfully completes the formal training program, followed with three months of direct field experience, will be certified as a competent leather repair technician, as well as be eligible for a return for a two-day refresher course at no additional cost. The participant will be added to our qualified professional resource base, and this list will be posted to our web-site so those in need in your area can find you easily and have confidence that you are appropriately trained, using state-of-the-art materials, and backed by a leader in the industry.
Attendees receive the Leather Technician Field Guide. The guide is complete with all the pertinent concepts and procedures defined and outlined, with ample room for notes. Its structure follows the course outline. This document will be your “Bible” of leather repair. It is to be used as your field reference guide.
The Training Process
This 5 day program consists of two primary methodologies. The first is instructor-led concept workshops, and the second is hands-on, direct application of concepts and procedures.
Each day contains both instructor-led and hands-on training. We believe in as much one-on-one training as is practical, therefore each session will have limited attendance.
All hands-on training will be conducted at our shop facility in Hayward, CA. Hayward is centered within the beautiful San Francisco Bay area, a highly desirable travel destination for people from all over the world. Stay an extra few days and enjoy the Bay area.
Travel and Accomodations
Hayward - From outside the bay area, Oakland International Airport is the closest air travel access. Oakland airport is a hub for Southwest airlines. The airport is 15 minutes from the training site. Additionally, San Francisco International Airport is only 30 minutes away and San Jose International Airport is a 40 minute trip. The closest accomodations to our Hayward facility is the Fairfield Inn and Suites Hotel, which is about a quarter mile to the north.
To view the course outline online, click this link. To download it, click this link, and choose "Save target as", or "Save link as" from the menu. Adobe Reader must be installed on your computer to view this .pdf file.
You define for us what you want to learn and we’ll create a training structure to accommodate your needs. While the fee may vary based on your requirements, our typical fee is $2500/day. If you are a franchisor or perhaps a major corporation with many locations throughout the world and want to pick up a fully mature training program that is tailored to your specific needs, we’re happy to offer a solution, including an in depth “Train-the-Trainer” program.
Please call (800) 541-5982, or e-mail with any specific questions.
page last updated 05/14/2015
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