He should go out to Dave Bart's shop this Saturday and introduce himself to the Brethren, learn who is who there and start to learn from Dave. He can learn enough from the guys like Dave and John, who needs to pay.
That being said, the Butcher's BBQ class is what I mean by, there are some well known folks in CA, that would be well worth the time and money to learn from. If Thom, Ryan and Scott (shares) all say it is good, that is the class I would go to.
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
"perhaps...but then again...maybe not..."