Career Certifications in California

$199 for Flight-Lesson Package for 1 Student and 2 Passengers from Learn To Fly San Diego ($592 Value)

Learn To Fly San Diego

Kearny Mesa

$592 $199

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Introductory flight lesson with necessities for beginner pilots

One- or Two-Hour Couples Massage Class at Touch To Heal Massage Center (Up to 51% Off)

Touch To Heal Massage Center

San Jose

$120 $59

Class teaches massage protocol for back, neck, and shoulders; must provide set of twin-sized sheets and pillowcase or rent them for $3

$65 for a Two-Hour Couples-Massage Class at The Love Lab ($135 Value)

The Love Lab

Cow Hollow/ Marina

$135 $65

Partners learn the fundamentals of professional back, neck, and foot massages as they munch on gourmet refreshments

$99 for an Introductory Discovery Flight Lesson at Golden State Flight Training ($199.99 Value)

Golden State Flight Training

Golden State Flight School

$199.99 $99

Learn flight basics and take the plane's controls in an introductory lesson with licensed pilot

$135 for a Private 45-Minute Beginners Helicopter Lesson from Rotor Aviation ($280 Value)

Rotor Aviation

Long Beach Municipal Airport

$280 $135

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Experienced instructors teach beginner pilots the ropes during private lessons in a professional environment

First-Aid, CPR, and AED Classes for One from Sabounchi Safety Services (Up to 59% Off)

Sabounchi Safety Services

Southwest Anaheim

$110 $55

Certified instructors teach first-aid, CPR, and AED skills during eight total hours of training

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for One Massage at American Institute of Massage Therapy (AIMT) (50% Off)

American Institute of Massage Therapy (AIMT)

Santa Ana

$30 $15

Clients can choose from Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, general relaxation, or integrated therapeutic massage; 30% off massage courses

$24 for $40 Worth of CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes — Private Security

Private Security Training Center

Downtown San Bernardino

$40 $24

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$48 for $80 Worth of CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes — Rescue Ready

Rescue Ready

Santa Rosa

$80 $48

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3, 5, or 10 Men's Haircuts at Toni&Guy Academy (Up to 58% Off)

TONI&GUY Academy

Multiple Locations

$54 $25

Under the supervision of an instructor, student hairstylists create face-flattering looks

$199 for a Two-Hour Flight-Lesson Package at Skyline Flight Training ($621 Value)

Skyline Flight Training

Carlsbad

$621 $199

Steer an aircraft high above the city while an FAA-certified instructor looks on and lends his flying wisdom

60-Minute Introductory Flight Lesson from Apus Air (53% Off)

Apus Air

El Cajon

$130 $61

The flight-instruction package includes ground training, certificate of initial flight, and 30 minutes of flight

$75 for Five-Hour CPR/AED/First-Aid Class with Full Two-Year Certification at RC Scuba Center ($150 Value)

RC Scuba Center

Multiple Locations

$150 $75

Safety experts teach students the basics of CPR/AED/first-aid and reward graduates with two-year AHA certification card

$129 for a Hands-On Discovery Flight for Two at South Coast Aeronautics ($258 Value)

South Coast Aeronautics

Marina Del Rey

$258 $129

After a 30-minute basic lesson on the ground, an instructor supervises while students take the controls of an actual aircraft

Custom Massages with Glass of Wine and Chocolate Truffles at SOMA Get Fit (Up to 67% Off). Three Options.

SOMA Get Fit

Santa Barbara

$150 $49

Custom full-body massage paired with aromatherapy, Santa Barbara wine and chocolate truffles to maximize relaxation

Bartending Courses from Professional Bartenders School (Up to 75% Off). Four Options Available.

Professional Bartenders School

Multiple Locations

$195 $69

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Work with real glassware, bottles, and soda guns while learning to mix cocktails; an online course allows at-home certification

$100 for a 40-Minute Discovery Flight in a Remos GX Aircraft at Fly Light Sport CA ($209 Value)

Fly Light Sport CA

Multiple Locations

$209 $100

Soar above the California coast in a Remos GX—one of the most advanced light aircraft in the skies today

$195 for a Licensing Course from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties ($395 Value)

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

Multiple Locations

$395 $195

Training designed to prepare students to take the state real-estate licensing exam

$195 for a Licensing Course from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties ($395 Value)

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

Multiple Locations

$395 $195

Training designed to prepare students to take the state real-estate licensing exam

$199 for a Bartending-Degree Course with Job-Placement Aid at National Bartenders School, Covina (Up to $499 Value)

National Bartenders School, Covina

Covina-Valley

$499 $199

Students learn the recipes, garnishes, and glassware for more than 200 mixed drinks through eight 60-minute classes and 40 practice hours

Three-Hour CPR Training-and-Certification Course for One or Two at Training Solutions (Up to 54% Off)

Training Solutions

Woodland Hills

$70 $35

Three-hour course trains and certifies participants to perform CPR nationwide

CPR or First-Aid Training for One or Two at South Bay CPR Training Center (Up to 55% Off)

South Bay CPR Training Center

Lawndale

$50 $25

Instructors with emergency medical experience teach CPR and first aid; students receive American Heart Association cards upon completion

$52 for $90 Worth of CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes at Public Awareness Safety Services

Public Awareness Safety Services

Jackson

$90 $52

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$90 for $200 Worth of Bar-tending Classes at Earn Money Bartending

Earn Money Bartending

Mid-Wilshire

$200 $90

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Two-Week Bartending Certification Courses at School of Spirits Bartending College (Up to 51% Off). Four Options.

School of Spirits Bartending College

San Diego

$199 $98

Professional bartenders instruct 10–30 students in mixology, free pouring, and making garnishes during two-week certification courses

Intro Mixology Cocktail-Making Class, Spirits Evolution Class, or Both at SF Mixology (Up to 75% Off)

SF Mixology

Multiple Locations

$199 $69

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A cocktail guru helms courses in a nightclub setting, teaching the history of cocktails and techniques for mixing and preparation

Intro Mixology Cocktail-Making Class, Spirits Evolution Class, or Both at SF Mixology (Up to 75% Off)

SF Mixology

Multiple Locations

$199 $69

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A cocktail guru helms courses in a nightclub setting, teaching the history of cocktails and techniques for mixing and preparation

One- or Two-Hour Introductory Flight Lesson with Briefing at JetEXE Aviation (48% Off)

JetEXE Aviation

Southwestern Sacramento

$250 $129

During introductory flights, budding pilots learn basic flying skills and maneuvering in a Remos GX with state-of-the-art technology

Intro or Professional Course at The Southern California Bartending School (Up to 59% Off). Three Options Available.

The Southern California Bartending School

Anaheim Hills

$95 $45

Intro class teaches pupils the basics of making drinks and serving patrons; professional course certifies students to work in the industry

Personal Certification from National Association for Fitness Certification (Up to 71% Off)

National Association for Fitness Certification

Online Deal

$349 $109

Online certification programs can be the first step towards becoming a professional nutritionist or fitness trainer

$95 for Online Personal-Training Certification from American Fitness Institute ($299 Value)

American Fitness Institute

Online Deal

$299 $95

Online materials allow students to set their own pace over a four-week period before testing to be certified as a personal trainer

$80 for $195 Worth of CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes — Educatevirtual

Educatevirtual

Redeem from Home

$195 $80

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$74 for One-Hour Beach Flying Lesson from San Diego Beach Flights ($149 Value)

San Diego Beach Flights

Otay Mesa

$149 $74

Flight lesson over the beach from veteran pilot with 30 years of experience as an FAA-certified flight mechanic

Online Bartending Course with or without Accessories from Bartending College Online (Up to 67% Off)

Bartending College Online

On Location

$74.99 $25

Interactive online course instructs students in masterful barkeeping through self-paced video lessons, quizzes, and professional guidance

Mixology 101 Class for One or Two from San Francisco Bartending Academy (54% Off)

San Francisco Bartending Academy

Mission Bay

$195 $89

Students learn how different flavor notes complement each other while creating eight staple cocktails and tasting exotic cordials

$29 for a 20-Hour Online Bartending Course from Express Bartender ($79.97 Value)

Express Bartender

Online Deal

$79.97 $29

Through 12 digital lessons, students learn to mix 125 different cocktails and receive post-course job assistance

$88 for $160 Worth of CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes — CPRXPERTS

Cprxperts

On Location

$160 $88

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$984 for Four Flight Lessons from Fly with Mark ($1,918.80 Value)

Fly With Mark

San Diego

$1,918.80 $984

Students climb into a four-seater plane with a pilot who has been flying for two decades and teaching for three

$549 for $999 Worth of Beauty-School Classes — Womack Salon Academy

Womack Salon Academy

Excelsior

$999 $549

Join the cosmetology field, learn to specialize in haircuts for both men and women, invest your time, and develop a new skill

$249 Sonoma Valley Helicopter Tour and Food and Wine Pairing for Up to 3 from Helico Sonoma ($465 Value)

Helico Sonoma

Santa Rosa

$465 $249

During helicopter flights, passengers soak in the view; post-flight, guests enjoy a wine and food pairing at Williamson Wines Healdsburg

$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

$1,485 $69

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

$59.99 for a Two-Hour Couples Massage Class at The Love Lab ($135 Value)

The Love Lab

Hosted inside Yoga One

$135 $59.99

Partners learn the fundamentals of professional back, neck, and foot massages as they munch on gourmet refreshments

CPR Training with Option for AED and First-Aid Training from Aikane Care (55% Off)

Aikane Care

On Location

$110 $49

Licensed instructors teach onsite safety classes

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An AT&T ad executive hangs up the phone, grabs his jacket, and heads toward the subway to Hell's Kitchen. It's the late '80s, and at the New York comedy institution The Improv, a slew of up-and-coming talent, including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, are testing jokes and honing timing. In the next few years, they'll perform on television for millions. But for now, they're changing the life of one ad executive.

The founder of LA Stand-Ups, Joe Falzarano, quit his promising advertising career because he "hated being a suit" and preferred to nurture promising young comedians. With accomplishments that include producing the CableACE Award–winning Caroline's Comedy Hour for A&E, Falzarano helped launch the performing and writing careers of entertainers including Jon Stewart and Louis C.K. Today, Falzarano imparts his more than 20 years of industry experience to aspiring joke-tellers, teaching them tactics for perfecting a punch line, calming nerves, and subduing hecklers with a marshmallow gun. Falzarano maintains a supportive atmosphere where students learn how to use who they are to connect with an audience, and even lets students try out material at the Hollywood Improv.

1312 North Wilton Place
Los Angeles,
CA
US

When Kate Danta opened P.B. Yoga & Healing Arts, she envisioned more than a simple yoga studio. Her holistic health center would offer both Pilates and yoga classes that explored different types of practice along with a range of wellness services such as massage and acupuncture. Kate is a holistic health practitioner, a massage therapist, and a yoga instructor with 30 years of experience, herself, so she was in a unique position to make her dream become reality. Rather than doing everything herself, Kate assembled a staff of certified massage therapists, naturopathic healers, and yoga instructors to add their knowledge of Svaroopa, Kripalu, and Kundalini yoga to the studio's repertoire.

Visitors to the holistic studio can choose to better their bodies and minds by choosing to attend classes or visiting one of the staff's variety of physical and spiritual healers. During yoga sessions, instructors lead students through guided relaxations, breathing techniques, and yoga poses to help clients build flexibility and relax deep spinal muscles. Pilates mat classes are taught by an experienced instructor who sold her thriving studio in order to move to San Diego and join the staff at PB Yoga and Healing Arts to challenge clients' muscles with small isometric movements, which work to improve posture and protect the back by building strength throughout the core. The studio also has a Pilates Specialist whose background includes the New York Ballet Co. She works one-on-one with the help of the Gyrotonic equipment and the Pilates Reformer. The studio's on-staff licensed acupuncturist specializes in sports medicine, and can relieve chronic pain by carefully placing needles in strategic points along the body. Clients can achieve spiritual balance with visits to a Sunday morning meditation class facilitated by an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, Tenshin; who also teaches the Tai Chi classes. The center also offers sessions with an on-staff practitioner who can deliver both psychic readings and spiritual counseling to help clients reach inner peace.

961 Turquoise St
San Diego,
CA
US

The rich history of kenpo karate stretches as far back as the second century AD, when the number two was invented and renowned surgeon Hua T?o devised defensive exercises based on animal poses. The Asian sport continued to evolve over the intervening years, and in the 20th century, Ed Parker imported kenpo to the states and became not only the senior grandmaster of American kenpo, but also the ?father of American Kenpo.? Today, Ed Parker Jr. carries on his father?s legacy as a member of the Master Council that presides over American Institute of Kenpo, along with other kenpo greats such as ninth-degree black belt Sigung Stephen LaBounty. The team of experts offers a guiding presence at the institute?Ed drops in for yearly camps and senior black-belt testing?and ensures the internationally certified instructors teach kenpo karate with the utmost attention to the principles of the sport.

Though kenpo is derived from ancient techniques, it encompasses contemporary self-defense and fitness methods. In the first lesson, students power through all the basics?the five ranges of combat and how to move swiftly?and form a sturdy foundation for increased strength, coordination, and flexibility. The center offers a wide range of programs for all ages and ability levels so that new pupils can master kenpo quickly and ascend through the belt-oriented ranks toward black.

855 Lenzen Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

During Simmer and Sear’s themed cooking classes—which won fifth place in SFGate’s 2010 Best of the Bay—chef Anna Hadley unravels the secrets and steps to creating quality cuisine. By combining choice ingredients and time-tested methods, she demonstrates that proper technique and flavor balance can transform any ordinary dish into a culinary delight or beautiful fruit hat. Working out of professional kitchens a variety of locations, including her own home in Nob Hill, as well as nearby loft spaces, converted firehouses, and suburban mansions, classes can include everything from creating swordfish kebabs from Morocco, India, and France, to culinary competitions where students design their own meals from surprise ingredients.

Chef Anna’s work at Simmer and Sear fulfills her decades-long search for the perfect career. After working for 10 years in the highly competitive world of fashion design, she merged her creative whims with her passion for cooking, eventually opening her own business where she helps others unleash their own culinary talents. Her fun, food-focused classes have even earned attention from the New York Times for their popularity among bachelorette parties, as well as other group events such as birthday parties and loosely interpreted square dances.

1451 Taylor St. Suite 12
San Francisco,
CA
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

2771 E Shaw Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.

To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.

Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.

116 N 16th St
Sacramento,
CA
US