Advanced Leather Solutions Training

To become an effective leather technician requires knowledge and the right products. The market offers choices:

  1. Purchase a franchise for a ridiculous amount of money, so that you can then pay royalties for the "privilege" of both purchasing a set minimum amount of product from your franchisor, and staying confined to a ridgidly defined territory of operation.
  2. Attend a one day “Training Program” in a class room with a few dozen other people and see a sales pitch.
  3. Join our program where we teach the basics first so you are armed with the ability to think through each leather repair and restoration project your client presents. Our program is not just theory or a sales pitch. It’s founded on the real world experiences of over 26 years and tens of thousands of repair and restoration projects under our belt.

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.

There are two training options: Full hands-on, and Custom.The class is scheduled on as needed basis at our Hayward, CA (San Francisco Bay Area) facility.

Hands-On Training

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:

  1. Course Objective
  2. Sample Lesson from the Training Guide
  3. A detailed Course Synopsis, including fee structure, and accommodations for our out-of-town guests.
  4. Course Outline

THE BASICS OF LEATHER REPAIR

Course Objective

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 Includes:

  1. 5 days of hands-on training with each attendee working from his/her personal kit. The lead trainer has been repairing leather furniture for over 26 years, having successfully repaired thousands of damaged leather furniture pieces. The course takes that deep practical experience and brings it to each attendee.
  2. 200 page Leather Technician Field Guide that covers the course material. It is written in an organized, easy-to-read fashion. The attendee can focus on the hands-on activities without the need to take notes as the specific techniques are all well documented in the training guide.
  3. Access to our DVD library of “How-To” instructions and access to our technical library of on-line video instructions.
  4. Toll-free telephone support for three full years. Our technical support team is ready to answer any questions and assist in any way possible in solving the problems faced by the attendee when back on the job.
  5. Addition to our Web-site with a link to you in your market as a lead referral source.
  6. Certification by Advanced Leather Solutions as a trained professional leather technician.
  7. An attendee can bring to the class specific leather problems they may have encountered and see how our technicians solve them.

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).

Also included:

  1. A fully outfitted, professional-level mobile kit with electrical wiring built in to support the included compressor, top-of-the-line airbrushing equipment, professional quality heat gun, etc. Additionally the kit contains all the other necessary tools and chemistry for repairing damaged leather. This is the same kit our service technicians use. It has evolved over the last 26 years of field repairs by our technicians to be as reliable, efficient and complete a repair kit as possible.
  2. Business Development Plan for starting a leather repair business which identifies markets, recommends pricing and offers samples for marketing materials. Customer relations issues are discussed so the repair technician is guided with effective answers to the difficult questions the consumer may be asking. Marketing support going forward is included.

Sample Lesson

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.

Course Synopsis

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:

  1. The nature and types of leather
  2. How to assess the damage and develop a repair strategy
  3. The repair processes for typical damage to leather
  4. The compounds and chemistry necessary to affect a repair
  5. leather finish color matching
  6. Finish application techniques to conceal and disguise the repair

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.

Course Materials

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.

Location

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.

Course Outline

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.

Custom

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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