Casino training programs prepare students to work in a multi-billion dollar
industry. Dealers are just one card in the deck of available careers. Possible
careers go far beyond the casino floor to include sales, marketing, finance,
human resources, facilities management, community relations, security and
Because there are so many different career paths, there are just as many
educational paths. Game-specific dealer training is usually short term and
intensive. Some courses are a couple of days of training, while others take
a couple of months. Some jobs in casinos will require a bachelor's degree.
Students will need to research their career options carefully and find
a good match for training.
"Programs, classes and degrees all provide students with opportunities
to improve their knowledge and skills," says Joseph B. Shapiro. He is the
dean of professional development at the College of Extended Studies at San
Diego State University.
If you want a long-term management position, Shapiro advises you to put
your money on a university degree program. Training programs open to the general
public are a good bet if you're looking for a job or changing careers.
If you have a job in the industry, you can up the stakes by taking any
corporate training classes offered by your employer.
A usual industry regulation is that gaming workers are legal age. Legal
age differs from state to state, but is usually between 18 and 21 years old.
A lot of training in the casino industry happens after you are hired. Once
you land a job, the casino will provide you with specialized training to upgrade
Often, a casino provides in-house training. They want to make sure the
employee knows the house procedures about gaming and dealing. Also, they
want to make sure you know all the regulations.
If you are going to get a job first and train later, it will be important
to find a casino that supports professional growth. See if the casino
offers tuition reimbursement to help cover future educational costs, recommends
Tamara McLeod. She is the executive director of professional development
at the College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University.
In more competitive markets, casinos want to hire staff with a solid background.
In this case, a college certificate in a gaming specialty is a good idea.
"If a potential employee has an actual certificate verifying their training,
and can demonstrate their skills during a table test, the only remaining criteria
for a job offer would involve a review of any desired personal attributes
(interpersonal communication skills, knowledge of a second language, etc.)
as well as the required police clearance for licensing purposes," says Shirley
Tomovic, who works in continuing education.
Math and second language conversational skills are good to build in
"Exercises involving manual dexterity are recommended in the development
of the necessary skills of gaming card manipulation and casino chip handling,"
Start to get some experience working with people and build communication
"Finding part-time employment, attending recruiting meetings, volunteering,
or simply walking around and observing operations, can not only help students
understand what it is like to work in the industry, but they can also enable
students to develop practical skills that will serve them well on the job,"
There are often no additional expenses beyond tuition. Some programs may
have additional reading material that is not included in the tuition. Tuition
is often lower than average due to the short nature of many training courses.
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