Hi PD, TAFE Colleges usually have a Barista course that will provide the keen beginner with the opportunity to get some basics.* I did one myself and because I had done a bit of reading and generally prepared myself for it, I found it very valuable.* Mine was about 12 hours spread over several evenings. IMHO you need to do a bit of reading so that you have a grasp of the background issues so you can just enjoy working on the machine.* Im not suggesting this will make you a Barista but it should give you a good idea of what further training or experience you need to acquire.* Try the link below.