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The Barista Certificate Programs are for people focusing on the skillsets required for accurately and efficiently calibrating your grinder, preparing espressos and foaming and texturing milk for cappuccinos. These certificate programs enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the coffee itself and build the practical skills for milk technique and latte art. You will also gain health and safety knowledge, customer service knowledge and some basic business skills.

The Academy of Coffee Excellence's SCA Premier Training Campus has espresso training stations from La Marzocco and Dalla Corte with Grind on Demand, doserless and traditional doser grinders for your use and training. There are barista training stations for up to 12 candidates. Also available to Barista Certificate Candidates are the assets of our Roasting, Brewing, Green Coffee and Sensory Labs.

 Barista has 3 Certificate Levels:

  1. Foundation is for people new to the coffee industry and focuses on the basic skillset of adjusting your grinder to make an espresso to a standard and foam and texture milk for cappuccinos. No previous barista experience is required to enroll in the Foundation Certificate Program. As a matter of fact, it is the ideal place to start.
  2. Intermediate provides a deeper understanding of the coffee itself and builds on the skillset developed at the Foundation Level. Milk techniques, including Latte Art, are introduced as well as health and safety considerations, customer service and business basics. This certificate program is suitable for currently working baristas or candidates that have completed the Foundation Certifcate.
  3. Professional is suitable for baristas with considerable experience and who have completed the Intermediate Certificate. The Professional Certificate Program takes both a scientific and managerial perspective to coffee, espresso and espresso based drinks.