General information about the International Montreal Butler Academy (IMBA)

Winter of 2019, a thirteen-week training session will start from mid February until mid May.

The session will last thirteen weeks total (with eight weeks in Montreal) beginning on February 13th 2019, and ending on the 12th of May.

The thirteen weeks of the program will be divided into two parts:

- the first five week-long segment will involve an online course focusing on the study of wines and spirits, and will be carried out as of February 16th from the student's place of residence. During these five weeks, the student will also have to undertake a first reading of the reference material that will be the subject of the classroom courses starting on March 24th.

-the second eight week-long segment will take place in the classroom in Montreal, starting March 24th.  It will involve the acquisition of skills related to butler work and will be enriched by a deepening knowledge about wine, beverages and spirits. Graduation will be held on the 11 th of May.


Class size: a group of students comprising twelve to fifteen candidates will participate in the eight weeks of training in Montreal.

End of March 2018 Examination:

1- at the beginning of the session in Montreal:

1.1- in the first week of in-class training (from 25th of March in Montreal), a time slot will be reserved to review the online course and write the theoretical examination required to pass the WSET Level 2 course begun on 17th of February 2018.

May 2018 Examination:

2- at the end of the program (during the second week of May 2018), 2 examinations will be held:

2.1- an examination by the IMBA concerning the acquisition of the skills taught during the course,

2.2- an official examination by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in two parts, theory and tasting, which will lead to the WSET Level 3 certificate.

In total, 3 exams plus a final work session on a professional project will be requested from IMBA students.

Required work:

Students will be required to work on an independent butler project that meets the professional aspirations and profiles of each individual. A supervisor assigned to each student will help them in framing and developing their individual projects. Come exam time, the project will be presented and defended by the student in front of a jury. The project will deal with a situation related to the butler profession and will be assigned at the beginning of the course session in Montreal.

Formative work and tests to prepare for the final examination will be conducted throughout the program.


In addition to academic achievement, general attire, how the student conducts him/herself and presents a professional attitude will be observed throughout the session and will be noted in the final evaluation.


Punctuality is a must.

In order to obtain the IMBA diploma, the student must be present at each course and must show active participation, sustained attention and submit the required work on time.


- the wearing of the uniform is compulsory at all times.

Cell Phone use:

- students will need to pay close attention in class. No telephone or internet use will be permitted except during designated periods reserved for online work.

Diploma plus certificates = three

A diploma and two certificates will be issued to the student at the end of the program:

1-WSET Level 2 success certificate, 2- WSET Level 3 success certificate (see example)

3- Butler Diploma of the International Montreal Butler Academy (see example).


The graduation ceremony will be held on the 12th of May, 2018.

Admissions requirements for the IMBA:

- no prerequisites or work experience related to the butler profession will be required for admission to the IMBA program. There is no maximum age limit for enrollment; the minimum age to apply is twenty-one years old.

desired profile: candidates will be selected and accepted on the basis of their motivation, maturity, enthusiasm and willingness to excel.

-an in-person interview - or by Skype - will be conducted by IMBA to validate the candidates aspirations and guide them in their career choices.

About the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET): the concentration of studies on wines and spirits is particularly important. At the academy we wish to train the elite of the profession and augment the Diploma we issue by the addition of WSET certificates with the mention: “Pass with Distinction”. WSET certificates are recognized as the quality standard worldwide.

The language of instruction will be English.

The courses will be held in Montreal, Canada in a bilingual context (French-English).

Interested? The First step is to contact us by email:

Overall cost of the IMBA program:

The cost of the Butler Diploma Program leading to graduation as a:

Certified Butler of the International Montreal Butler Academy, including the

WSET Level 2 and WSET Level 3 Certificates, is:

Sixteen thousand US dollars (US $ 16,000).

This includes all fees and costs, including registration, as well as:

-a complete butler uniform and a tunic to attend classes and for practical work,

-WSET program costs, educational materials, all wines and accessories

(gloves, etc.),

- accommodation and full board for the eight weeks in Montreal including

planned outings and trips.

The only other expenses incurred by the students will be their transportation costs to come to Montreal and their accommodation expenses if they arrive before October 1st.


Upon acceptance of a student's application, a deposit of US $ 1,000 will be requested and the balance of the program costs (US $ 15,000) must reach us no later than forty-five days before the beginning of the session. The deposit is not refundable for any reason but may be deferred to another course if the student becomes ill or if a personal situation prevents him/her from starting on the date initially agreed.

If you would like more information about tuition fees, please contact us by e-mail and we will be pleased to send you our policy on this matter. Otherwise, we assume that you have read the foregoing and fully understand the terms of this paragraph.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to answer them.

We also invite you to view the videos about the IMBA training offer and topics related to the butler profession on our YouTube channel.

NB: The above conditions are subject to change without notice. IMBA reserves the right to accept or reject applications.