SCA Courses and Certification

The Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) is a nonprofit, membership-based association which works to make coffee better by raising standards worldwide. As part of their organisation, the SCA offers accredited training programs aimed to meet the needs of coffee professionals everywhere. The programs are administered by the SCA and taught by Authorised SCA Trainers (ASTs) around the globe, and offers education for every stage of your career.
The SCA Coffee Skills Program
The SCA Coffee Skills Programme (CSP) is focusing on key specialties within the coffee industry. Students can choose between six modules and three levels of certifications, finding courses that are perfect for your interests and needs. Upon completion of each course, you have the option of taking the SCA Accredited Exam, and if you pass you will receive an SCA Certificate for this course and also collect the associated points. Exams are based on both theoretical knowledge and practical examinations.

Each course module and level has points attached to them, with the overall SCA Coffee Skills Diploma being awarded when a student has collected a total of 100 points.

The Coffee Skills Program consists of 6 modules
  • Introduction to Coffee
  • Barista Skills
  • Brewing
  • Sensory
  • Green Coffee
  • Roasting
Levels and associated points

Introduction To Coffee ( 10 points )
Perfect for a coffee novice wanting to learn the theoretical basics of all modules (available at one level).

Foundation ( 5 points )
Perfect for those wanting to get a taste of a new area of coffee knowledge with no prior experience.

Intermediate ( 10 points )
Suitable for those with a firm knowledge of the modules basics, or working in the area already wanting to consolidate their key skills.

Professional ( 25 points )
Suitable for those with specialist knowledge of the module area who have worked in the area for some time and want to push their knowledge and skills to a higher level.

    Here at Prufrock we offer the following modules:

    Introduction to Coffee Barista Skills Brewing
    Introduction to Coffee

    If you’re thinking about a career change, are a coffee enthusiast or just interested to learn more about coffee's journey from farm to cup, this is the place to start. Based on the SCA Modules of Green Coffee, Sensory, Roasting, Brewing and Barista Skills.

    Barista Skills
    Greatly accelerating students’ learning curve and skill set, this module covers key skills for a successful career as a Speciality Barista. This module is available across all three levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Professional

    Brewing

    The objective of this module is to advance students’ tasting and evaluation skills as well as brewing techniques. This module is available across all three levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Professional

    SCA Accredited Exams

    If you choose to take the SCA Accredited Exam, we conduct the formal examination process at the conclusion of our SCA courses. The exam consists of a written exam for Introduction to Coffee and Foundation level Barista Skills and Brewing, and both practical and written exams for Intermediate and Professional level Barista Skills and Brewing. The written exams will be taken online*, and you can find out more information about the Exam process here.

    *The Professional Written Exam is due to go online in the last half of 2020, at the moment they are still paper based and taken in our Training Centre in conjunction with the Practical Exam.

    SCA Certification Fees

    There is a Certification Fee from the SCA, in addition to the cost of the course. Fees for SCA Members are considerably reduced when you take Intermediate and Professional levels, so you may find it worthwhile to become a member as you work through the Diploma system.

    Becoming an SCA Learner or Member

    Before you take the SCA Accredited Exam, you need to sign up as Learner with the SCA. This is free of charge and you can register on the SCA website, just pick "Become a Learner" from the drop-down menu.

    If you wish to become a member of the SCA, we suggest you read more about the available membership options on the SCA website, or contact them for advice about the best membership for you.

    More information

    To read more about the SCA and the Coffee Skills Program, please head to the SCA website. If you have any question about the courses we offer, or need advice in choosing your level, please get in touch via training@prufrockconsulting.com and we are happy to help.