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Dwight Schrute’s Top 10 Skills & Where To Obtain Them

Posted By: on February 3, 2010


10. Playing the Recorder


From various episodes we know he is a seasoned Recorder artist and we have seen him play such hits as Mambo No. 5, Greensleeves, The Longest Time, On the Wings of Love and You Give Love a Bad Name.

Where to obtain skill?

While your best bet is the local music shop or a teacher on Craigslist, you can always get a start online. Head to Amazon to pick yourself up a cheap recorder and then hop over to 8notes to find sheet music and beginning lessons.

9. Licensed Notary Public


Angela hints to Dwight’s designation as a licensed notary in the episode “Launch Party” when she mentions she wants to end it with him but questions how to do it. “How do you tell someone it’s over? You send them a notarized letter, right? Well, what if the recipient is your notary?” she asks.

Where to obtain skill?

For only $49 you can enroll at Notary Class Online and become a commissioned notary public in as little as 6 hours of online study. You will, however, still need to pass the state administered test but they reassure that you need only answer 21 of the 30 questions correctly.

8. Beet Farmer and Innkeeper

Dwight lives on the 60 acre Schrute farm with his cousin Mose. Along with offering rooms at his bed & breakfast he has many different activities available to guests including lessons and techniques vital to all who are interested in becoming a beet farmer.

Where to obtain skill?

The Angelic Organics Learning Center’s Farmer Training Initiative will assist you in all the necessary training involved to become an avid farmer. Their State Farm Beginnings course will take you from knowing nothing to becoming a sustainable farmer with theory, practical field work and also a mentoring program.

The Bed & Breakfast Innstitute (see what they did there?) offers workshops, apprenticeships and consulting to help you become the independent B&B owner you’ve always wanted to be. The course covers such essentials as front office procedures, food service, housekeeping and business issues.The fee for the workshop begins at $525 but includes tuition, workbook materials, lodging and meals (2 days worth).

7. Purple Belt in Goju-Ryu Karate


During the episode “The Fight” we learn that Dwight has garnered a purple belt in the martial art of Goju-Ryu Karate. Goju-Ryu Karate is one of the four original Okinawan styles of Karate, and was founded by Chojun Miyagi. The main theory of this style of karate is to use a soft blocking technique to block a hard strike or to deflect the strike rather than to meet force with force and likewise when attacking.

Where to obtain skill?

The official website of the Goju-Ryu technique has a thorough list of both US and international dojos for you to train at. The US headquarters is located in Toledo, Ohio and is chaired by “Shihan” Motto Yamakura “Hanshi”, Hachi Dan an 8th Degree Black Belt and can be reached at (419) 475-1499.

6. Interrogation


Dwight has professed skills in interrogation including the ability to identify someone who is lying, identify a communist and indentify a homosexual.

Where to obtain skill?

John E. Reid & Associates offer many courses in various interrogation tactics. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish they have the program for you. From basic interviewing and interrogation to advanced techniques including courses that emphasize corporate security or crimes against children you will be able to spot the criminal in no time.

5. German


Dwight’s grandfather was German and we learn throughout the series that he is a fluent speaker of his ancestor’s language.

Where to obtain skill?

While you can purchase such programs as Rosetta Stones for $539 you can also find various classes online for free. A good option is located at Deutsch-Lernen where they offer a beginners course including 10 separate lessons covering basic grammar rules and exercises to help you practice and better grasp the German language. You’ll be saying “Ich liebe das Büro” in no time!

4. Volunteer Sheriff


Although no longer, Dwight was formerly a volunteer sheriff of the Lackawanna County department.

Where to obtain skill?

You will need to contact your local police department to inquire about positions and what is required of volunteers but a good place to start would be a certification in both First Aid and CPR. CPRToday offers online courses that will get you certified for a full 2 years and is accredited in all 50 states. The course takes only about an hours time and starts at $24.95.

3. Crossbow and Paintball


In “The Christmas Party” we learn that Dwight is an accomplished paintballer as he offers his services as an instructor as his Secret Santa gift. He professes in “Office Olympics” that he has his own crossbow range (at the same time mentioning that he has only one bathroom, under the porch, for his entire 9-bedroom farmhouse).

Where to obtain skill?

Although an online course can be found at Acrhery Lessons Online, I would highly recommend contacting your local instructor rather than going the online route. The USA Archery team is a good place to start with coaching in all age groups starting with the Camp Archery Program that covers techniques and skills to become a seasoned archer.

Train Hard Paintball is a series of clinics offered by World renowned professional paintball players Dirty Dave Pastore and Philly Americans Pro Star Gant MacLellan. They have courses for novices and and advanced players alike. Depending on your skill level and desired training pricing will vary. They can be reached at (678) 200-3376.

2. Escape From a Straitjacket


In “Cocktails” we learn that Dwight has the skills necessary to escape from a straightjacket. We find this out as Michael attempts to pull of this feat which he learned at magic camp but fails miserably squirming on the floor attempting to free himself.

Where to obtain skill?

Professional escapologist Mark Cannon has many resources available to your inner Houdini. Along with detailed books covering basic and advanced techniques he also offers one-on-one training and consulting. He holds an annual three day Cannon Great Escapes Convention in Ontario, CA which would be a great opportunity to “get away” for a couple of days.

1. Table Tennis


Several times throughout the series we hear of Dwight’s skills and love for table tennis. He states that many of his heroes are in fact table tennis players including Zoran Primorac, Jan-Ove Waldner, Wang Tao, Jorg Rosskopf and of course Ashraf Helmy.

Where to obtain skill?

The best available resource by far is Power Pong lead by Former US Men’s National Champion Attila Malek and 8 time Sri Lanka’s National Champion Thilina Piyadasa. They offer a wide range of classes and programs to get you on your way to table tennis supremacy. You can purchase monthly or yearly memberships depending on your desires. They also offer school programs with a full 15-lesson course where available. They can be reached at (714) 677-0048.

18 Responses to “Dwight Schrute’s Top 10 Skills & Where To Obtain Them”

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  10. Bill says:

    Dwight is actually only fluent in religious & ceremonial German

  11. TTScanner says:

    Steve Carrel can leave the show, but Dwight must stay!! He makes this show. Oh, and Jim and Pam. lol

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  14. Ruben Major says:

    What a hillarious post. I love Dwight! This is some funny stuff! :)

  15. Website Optimizer says:

    I'd love to become a Notary Public. Wonder if i could really make money from people needing to sign stuff.

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  17. Amr Boghdady says:

    Great post Kurt!

    Dwight has always been the man!

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