The SCA Coffee Diploma System is the most comprehensive coffee education system available and the most extensively awarded coffee certification in the world. If you are a barista wanting to advance your skills, want to become a roaster, trade in green coffee, perfect your sensory skills, or just brew great coffee then the diploma has a module for you.

How does it work?

The Coffee Diploma System offers an introductory module followed by modules in five core areas of coffee:

  • Introduction to Coffee (10 points)
  • Green Coffee
  • Sensory Skills
  • Roasting
  • Brewing
  • Barista Skills

Each of the five core modules offers qualifications at three levels:

  • Foundation (5 points)
  • Intermediate (10 points)
  • Professional (25 points)

FOUNDATION

  • The Foundation level provides the first taste of a particular coffee discipline. It offers an initial insight into the basic skills in an area and help you decide if you want to go on to learn more.
  • The Foundation level requires no previous experience.
  • Courses at this level would be expected to take 1/2 - 1 day.

INTERMEDIATE

  • Suitable for those already working in the area with a firm knowledge of the basic skills.
  • Experience working in the field is recommended before attempting this level.
  • It is not mandatory to hold the Foundation qualification in order to be able to participate in the Intermediate courses, but strongly recommended.
  • Courses at this level would be expected to take at least 2 days (including exams).

PROFESSIONAL

  • The Professional level is suitable for those wanting to pursue specialist knowledge at a high level in their field.
  • Success at this level should indicate to employers’ competence to work in this field.
  • Extensive experience working in the field is recommended before attempting this level.  Candidates must hold the Intermediate qualification to be able to participate in the Professional courses.
  • Courses at this level would be expected to take at least 3 days (including exams).

Students will receive a certificate for each examination they pass and points are awarded towards their Coffee Diploma. When they earn 100 points they will automatically be awarded with the Coffee Diploma certificate.

More Information

Students may find that they just want education in one specific area and follow that path through to a Professional Level, but they may want to supplement this core skill with an awareness of other areas.

SCAE charges a fee for administering the exam and awarding the certificates. Fees are available on application.