Built on foundations of openness, inclusivity, and the power of shared knowledge, the SCA fosters a global coffee community and supports activity to make specialty coffee a thriving, equitable, and sustainable activity for the entire value chain.
Specialty coffee is a diverse industry and the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) wants to help you develop your passion and sharpen your skills. The Coffee Skills Program (CSP) allows you to choose the education path that suits your interests and needs.
The program consists of six different modules: Introduction to Coffee, which is available at one level, and five specialist modules; Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Roasting and Sensory Skills. Each of the specialist modules are available at three different levels with points attached at every stage. Once you have achieved 100 points, you will be awarded the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma; one of the most recognised diplomas for coffee professionals.
CSP courses are taught by Authorized SCA Trainers (ASTs) in our experience labs and branch offices. We work with some of the best ASTs in the industry to ensure the training is delivered to the highest standards, with the latest research and materials. The courses are often taught in our SCA certified Premier Training Campuses. These facilities are accredited as training campuses with the best standards for teaching coffee professionals. ASTs deliver course content and assess the written and practical examinations required to pass each module, audited by the SCA. Courses are booked directly with your courses AST.
The Foundation level provides a first taste of a specific coffee discipline and is a great way to get insight into a module to help you decide if you want to go on to learn more. The Foundation level requires no previous experience. Courses at this level usually take 1 day.
The Intermediate level is suitable if you are already part of the industry, working in the field covered by the module, and have a firm knowledge of the basic skills. Experience working in the field is recommended for this level. Courses at the Intermediate level usually take a minimum of 2 days.
The Professional level is suitable if you want to pursue specialist knowledge at a high level in your subject. Success at this level should indicate to employers you have competence to work in the field. Extensive relevant experience is recommended before attempting this level. Candidates must hold the Intermediate qualification in the module. Courses at this level would be expected to take a minimum of 3 days.
Develop your passion and sharpen your coffee skill across a broad range of coffee skills with the SCA Coffee Skills Program.
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