Education Spotlight: Estate Management Solutions

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Estate Management solutions logoBased in Dallas but producing weekend workshops across the United States, Estate Management Solutions was started by Peter Van Ryder.  Building on his consulting business to wealthy families, The Essentials of Household & Estate Management workshop covers some of the common tools that every successful Household Manager needs.

In this Education Spotlight, Peter tells us more about his intense, 2-day program:

1. How long have you been in business? 

Estate Management Solutions was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing consulting services to the high net worth clientele of Texas.  Over the years we have noticed that there is lack of affordable and accessible education for the Private Service Professional.  The results are the courses you see today.

2. In a nutshell, what do you teach? 

Estate Management Solutions’ The Essentials of Household & Estate Management provides concrete and proven methods to help you manage your service environment and become a better professional.  Upon completion you will have the skill set and resources needed to create a Household Manual.  EMS  begins by covering intangibles that no one talks about to be successful.  You will go on to learn how to compartmentalize the estate or residence in which you work.  We will tackle the integration of this information to help with accounting, task sheets, punch-lists, administrative duties and creating the components of a Household Manual.

 3. What makes your training unique?

There are some valuable schools out there for our profession all over the world, but few can afford $10,000 – $15,000.  Some students may also struggle with taking 4-8 weeks away from their jobs to attend those longer programs.  EMS wants to bring the education to the professional, make it accessible and affordable.  Two-day classes that are below the industry average of $250 per day.

 4. How long are the courses?

The Essentials of Household & Estate Management is a two-day, 14-hour class.

5. How frequently are the programs run?

EMS runs the Essentials class as often as needed and requested.

6. Do you have an online or correspondence courses? 

No, we believe in the importance of meeting your fellow professional and sharing stories.  Part of what makes these courses so beneficial is the input and experiences of your colleagues.  Walking away from a class not only with documents and spreadsheets that will help you with your search and employment, but resources that can help you for the years to come.

7. What are the requirements to attend your school? 

A desire to learn, share and be involved with raising standards in the Private Service Industry.

8. Who is your ideal student?

Anyone that wants to improve their skill set and increase their worth.

9. Do you offer placement assistance to your graduates?  What is your placement rate? 

No, EMS is not a placement agency, but we do offer a list of preferred placement agencies as well as a list of other agencies that can help with placement.

10. Do you belong to any professional associations?

EMS is a member of the Domestic Estate Managers Association and provides a 10% discount for DEMA members in good standing as a part of the DEMA Perks Program.

11. Are you accredited?  If so, with what entity…

No, but CEU credits will be assigned to the course as we continue to develop the DEMA Institute.

12. How much does your program cost?

The Essentials of Household & Estate Management is $495, and members of the Domestic Estate Managers Association receive a 10% discount. (Please verify current costs through their website – Ed, 5-3-13.)

13. Are financial aid, scholarships or payment plans available? 

While none of these are offered as a standard, this is about the betterment of the industry.  We encourage everyone to reach out.

14. How can people contact you?

We can be reached through our website at, by emailing Peter at or by calling (214) 808-1301.

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