Originally Posted by ddog
what are the qualifications for the instructor?
They prefer you to have taken the Courses, but there isn't alot of qualifications for it.
Go to: http://www.wilton.com/instructors/screening/index.cfm
If you are interested, you go there and fill out the form. They will get back to you to let you know if there are any openings in your area or put your information on file. If there is an opening near you, then they ask you to send in some pictures of your cake that have things you would be teaching in class. If they like what they see they will let you know and set you up in the store.
As far as Course 1 Lesson 1. Yeah there is prep time, but it isn't like you spend a whole day doing it. What I have done is bought a cheap set of measuring cups and spoons. I keep everything I need for the class in a box, besides the things I use all the time. When I wash the tools I put them back in the box. The day of the class all I have to do is throw a few things in, grab the mixer and go. Yes you bake a cake, but you can bake 2 or 3 one day and freeze them, to pull out when needed.
I've had some classes were there were some icing issues. You are going to have some classes where things don't always run smooth. But there are also classes were your students are super fun, and you make friends with them. I have also learned alot of tips and tricks from various students.
It's not like a regular job where you go to work and leave everything behind. You do have to plan ahead and do some things at home. But how many jobs do you get to do where you share something you love with others. There are nights when I don't want to go teach, but usually once I get there my students make me forget about what ever bad things happened that day and we have fun.
I talked to another instructor before I started. Not only the one at my current store, but also another one from a different state. I asked questions I wanted to know, got information, and made my choice from there. It isn't a job for everyone, but what job is. If you think you might like it, do talk to a few instuctors and ask them all the questions you want to know. The good and the bad. So you have an idea what you are signing up for.