had this problem too (but with the martok guy)
turns out you have to be lvl 11, get your specialty quest, and complete it before you can get amateur status. after you get lvl 11, your outfitter instructor will give you specialty options. make some easy items for him to complete the quest then go see the other guy. he should ask you to make some things (this one was a lot harder to make than the specialty quest). afterwards, go back with the items and you'll be an amateur. your recipes will come from the outfitter instructor tho, not the amateur quest guy.
hope this helps.