Offering a “hands on” approach to refinishing, the class costs $495 per person and requires a $100 non-refundable advance deposit. Registration is now open.
“For the past decade, people from all over the world have come here to Jacksonville, Florida to attend our class,” says Tub King’s Operations Manager, Mike Turner, who teaches the class. Previous participants have come from Colombia, Germany, Canada, and Spain, and from throughout the US. The class usually runs Friday and Saturday, unless the class size is larger, in which case it can run into Sunday. Class time runs about eight hours per day. Free lunch is included.
During the class, each participant learns the necessary skills and then is able to practice under Turner’s expert tutelage on how to refinish several different types of clawfoot bathtubs, sinks, countertops, etc. At the end of the class, participants receive a Certificate of Completion as a trained refinishing professional.
Offering a hands-on approach to finishing, the class costs $495 per person and requires a $100 non-refundable advance deposit. The highly detailed curriculum includes:
Overview of the Refinishing Industry
Choosing the right equipment
Understanding the most reliable coating products
Refinishing Porcelain (tubs and sinks)
Striking Gold in Antique Clawfoot Bathtubs
Most Effective Cleaners
Refinishing Kitchen Countertops
Refinishing Ceramic Tile
Offering Multi-speck Patterns
Bedliners for trucks (a separate business all in itself)
Bathtub Conversion for senior citizens
Proper Business Set Up
Best Marketing & Advertising Strategies
Key strategy to obtain months of work
“We go through the entire refinishing process, starting with worse-case scenarios, repairing damaged tubs, spraying the tubs to make them look new, refinishing countertops to look new, and more,” says Turner, who has been teaching the class for over a year. Turner joined Tub King three years ago, refinishing tubs, working in the warehouse, and “helping run the business.”
In addition to offering expert hands-on training, the class also addresses marketing techniques that will help get someone’s refinishing business started, and offers advertising assistance in the form of brochures, advertisements, flyers and referrals. “Every student who receives his or her certificate is then added to our database. When someone from another state contacts us to inquire whom we recommend for their various refinishing needs, we facilitate them getting in touch with our graduates. We’re not successful as teachers if our students aren’t successful in the real world.”
For Turner, one of the most enjoyable aspects about teaching the class is facilitating people’s ability to achieve the dream their dream of successful self-employment. “I really like helping people go to work for themselves and therefore help them change and improve their lives as a certified refinisher.”
Many of the students who attend Tub King’s one-of-a-kind Bath & Kitchen Refinishing class are already independent contractors who take the class in order “expand their toolbox.” Or some participants take the class to help them launch a new business because they’re tired of what they’ve been doing. “I have somebody attending this upcoming class who’s currently unemployed and who’s looking for something where he can control his own fate,” Turner adds.
Turner admits the curriculum is very thorough, and ― once completed ― an individual is ready to begin work as certified refinisher. As with most things in life, Turner says his graduates still need to practice their craft on a regular basis. “We teach basic techniques and an understanding of the chemicals that are used. Every person who graduates from our class is taught exactly what they need to do to achieve what we expect out of our own award-winning technicians.”
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Brothers Alan and Kerry Knight founded Tub King Inc (http://www.tubking.com/
Tub King also sells bathtub fixtures (faucets, water supply lines, drains, overflow protections, tub caddies, and classic Victorian sinks). One division of Tub King specializes in restoring and refinishing antique porcelain and other surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen, such as fiberglass, countertops, ceramic tile, appliances and cabinets. Tub King also offers classes in bathroom and kitchen restoration (including cabinets, appliances, ceramic tile and more).