Private Service Schools


The Charles MacPherson Academy for Butlers and Household Managers is located in Toronto, Canada and is associated with Charles MacPherson Associates Inc., a firm that has been providing discerning solutions to the luxury residential and hospitality markets since 1996.

The school is a registered private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 and is the only butler and household management school of its kind in North America. The curricular mandate of the school’s program is to turn out skilled professionals who meet the service demands of the 21st Century.

Critical Skills Taught in a Classroom and Laboratory Setting

At the school individuals who seek to enter the world of service either in a private household or as a hotel butler are taught the critical skills that they will require for their vocation. This includes such subjects as household management, etiquette and protocol, clothing and valet care, butler skills, table setting and service, event planning, housekeeping, security, wine and mixology, first aid, household mechanicals, human resources and so much more.

The Only Butler and Household Management School with a Proprietary Textbook

We are the only butler and household management school to use proprietary student and teacher’s textbooks that ensure consistency of educational standards as well as teaching methodologies from class to class. The student textbook contains 700 pages and 1100 illustrative drawings and has been prepared so as to equip students with the information they need to succeed in the program and optimize their potential for success upon graduation.

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We are a highly sophisticated Service Management education corporation teaching the art form of Private Service. We are a state-approved vocational institute. We are also a seasoned Placement Corporation, placing our new and veteran Service Graduates with a 90% success rate. Our Publishing Company has penned five Service Management Publications for our Students and our Employer Clientele, along with our state of the art HQ Service Management Software. We house Starkey in a classical and registered historical mansion, built in 1901. This 13,000 square foot high-end private residence, in the heart of Denver, is where students are invited to reside while in training and where we conduct our Household and Service Management Programs.

Starkey Schedule of Courses 2016

Certified Estate Manager Program
255 Hours, Four Weeks

  • August 22 – September 16, 2016 (Class 157)
  • October 24th – November 18th, 2016 (Class 158)

Certified Household Management Program
360 Hours, Eight Weeks

  • July 11th – September 2, 2016 (Class 156)

Housekeeping Laundry Course
40 Hours, One Week

  •  Housekeeping Course, December 8th – December 10th, 2016


Peak Technical Institute’s Professional Household Management & Hospitality and Professional Service Seminars

Peak Technical Institute’s hospitality and professional service seminars and signature Professional Household Management program – approved and regulated by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission – is designed to prepare participants for the expectations of today’s business, housekeeping and professional service worlds by combining lecture and real-world experience at the hands of seasoned professionals.

Peak Technical Institute’s Signature Professional Household Management 
With current needs and expectations more vital than ever in estate management, the Professional Household Management (PHM) program is designed with the student in mind by utilizing the expertise of the finest world-class service professionals. This course includes household and travel protocols as well as international etiquette, event planning and security in addition to building leadership skills and sharpening decision-making proficiency. Additional topics are household administration, security and medical, wardrobe, property and grounds, personal care, entertaining and global etiquette to round out a top-rated education. The four week, course provides graduates with a solid education and the necessary experience to provide world-class service and management.


EstateJobs Statement on Private Service Education

There are several schools to train you in private service. This is a path for the truly committed, whether exploring a career transition or seeking professional development. Schools do not guarantee placement upon graduation, but certainly the knowledge, experience, and dedication it takes to complete the courses is a step in the right direction. Also consider each school's placement services and resources for your career path. Consult with the different programs out there to see if it makes sense for you based on your goals and your finances.

The main question we are asked about private service schools is “Are they worth it?” There is no short answer to the question, as every individual case needs to be considered in detail, but we have developed some very concise statements in response to those inquiries: 1. If you are enrolling in any educational program for the sole purpose of getting hired in a new job, DON’T DO IT. No matter what anyone says in their sales pitch, there are NO guarantees of employment upon graduation. 2. If you have the time and money, take every course available! Career related education is a hallmark of professionals in any industry, and the quality of available private service education is excellent. We highly recommend continuing your education in your chosen profession at every opportunity.

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