good point T.
I am not sure I agree with the certification craze that is going on, but it is a start. For me it is just a marketing strategy, since the classes really don't teach me much. For a beginner though, it is a real eye opener, but you still will not be able to go out and clean right after the class (atleast not to high standards). I can get really fired up on this subject, but we will have to start a whole new thread to do it.
I started the same way many carpet cleaners start, with no knowledge and very little money. It took me two years to learn what I taught my friend in less than a year, working a few jobs with him here and there. If I had to do it again, you better believe I would have taken a class first, then worked with someone who knew the biz. I have been going for over eight years now, and I still learn something new all the time. That is what I love about being in this biz, you can always learn new techniques and branch out into different things.
If anyone has anymore questions about carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning etc. I will do my best to answer them!