Originally posted by ThePlunger
I have been bartending for three years. As far as I've seen, the course is absolutely useless. Almost every bar in Toronto makes their drinks different ways, and with different amounts of liquor. There is no standard. Most of the drinks you will learn are also almost never ordered. Planter's punch, mai tai, blue lagoon, etc., you may have to make once in a blue moon. The 'diploma' will not get you a job, unless you're applying at Swiss Chalet.
The best way to get a bartending job, or learn how to bartend, is to get a job in a restaurant as a busboy. Most restaurant's promote busser's and server's to bartender from within.