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If I was advising someone about calibration training, I would recommend not even THINKING about going to training until you have purchased, at least, a very inexpensive meter (even if it is only $100 or so) and have gone through the whole Calibration for Dummies thread on AVS and actually calibrated at least a couple of displays before you go to any training. Everything you hear and learn in the class will mean SO MUCH MORE to you if you understand the basics before the class.
It is the age of the internet. You don't have to know anything about geography... that's what Google maps and any number or other online map sites are for.
If you are thinking of this being a way to make a living... there aren't many calibrators who can pull that off. Most calibrators are part time at best. The ones who make a living off of calibration have to be MASSIVELY committed to the effort because if is NOT easy and it takes a HUGE population of people who want calibration to support a calibrator. Those who make a living as full-time calibrators have to travel constantly to find enough calibration work to stay busy. Even if you lived in Toronto, it's unlikely you would find enough work in that metro area alone to keep you busy calibrating full-time. Then there's the issue of saturation or over-saturation in the calibration field. Every year more and more calibrators are trained... sure a lot of them never calibrate professionally, or give up when they find out how hard it is to keep up a steady flow of calibration customers. Many end up calibrating just part time, but there are still many more full-time calibrators today than there were 10 years ago. So it's not a career path that's easy or guaranteed to be something you can do full-time. Full-timers have to be EXTREMELY tenacious and very adept at marketing their service and traveling everywhere and anywhere to keep the calibration monster fed so they have steady income. You will NOT have people coming to you in great enough numbers to be able to make a living. Your success would depend ENTIRELY on your focus and commitment. This is not a field that's an easy route to a full-time career.
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