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Below you will find a comprehensive list of courses that are offered through the SCAA Professional Development program. Please use the tabs on the right of this page to display only the courses pertaining to your experience level, the subject area you are interested in, or the certificate program that you'd like to pursue.


CP000  |  Barista Code of Conduct

Upon completion of the Barista Level 1 Certificate course, participants must sign this Code of Conduct and Ethics before entitlements will be issued. Baristas must re-sign upon completion of the Barista Level 2 course.

CP201  |  Grind, Dose, Tamp, Extract

Intermediate-level baristas study in-depth techniques for use of two different types of espresso grinder, with additional practice in dosing, tamping and evaluating extraction. SCAA Instructors guide and coach baristas through class activities, testing and tasting the impact and effect on espresso shots of dosing weight, distribution, and settling. This is a required class for the Barista Level 2 Certificate. Only those with the full Barista Level 1 Certificate are permitted to register for this class.

Required Prerequisites: Barista Level 1 Certificate

CP202  |  Espresso Bar Efficiency & Workflow

Efficiency is a critical component of balancing customer service with excellence in quality. This class is designed to leverage barista skills to improve efficiency while maintaining quality of beverages and service. Participants learn techniques under the guidance and coaching of SCAA instructors, to increase drink production speed, ensure quality control through increased attention to detail , and manage a busy/clean station. This is a required class for the Barista Level 2 Certificate. Only those with the full Barista Level 1 Certificate are permitted to register for this class.

Required Prerequisites: Barista Level 1 Certificate

CP203  |  Milk Essentials & Latte Art Practices

Latte art is an extremely effective technique for drawing customers' attention and simultaneously preparing a beverage of high quality. After a short lecture on milk elements and milk substitutes, SCAA Instructors provide hands-on training and coaching on basic latte art designs, and give practice strategies for perfecting latte art techniques. This is a required class for the Barista Level 2 Certificate. Only those with the full Barista Level 1 Certificate are permitted to register for this class.

Required Prerequisites: Barista Level 1 Certificate

CP204  |  Espresso Machine Preventative Maintenance

This class covers basic handling of equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, and recognizing when service calls are warranted. Participants recognize essential tools and normal replacement items on common espresso machines. This is a required class for the Barista Level 2 Certificate. Only those with the full Barista Level 1 Certificate are permitted to register for this class.

Required Prerequisites: Barista Level 1 Certificate

EXM-BP2, EXM-BW2 (formerlyCP290)  |  Barista Level 2 Practical Exam; and Barista Level 2 Written Exam (Formerly: CP290 BGA Level 2 Certificate Test)

The Barista Level 2 Practical Exam validates practical knowledge and skills of professional baristas who have been on the job for several months or years. The exam evaluates the level to which the objectives of the Barista Certificate Level 2 curriculum have been met by the candidate. For this reason, there is a 3-month required practice period after all classes are completed before candidates may register for this test. (this rule may be appealed in very special cases under special circumstances no less than 6 weeks prior to the event without exception, and approval is NOT guaranteed).

Required Prerequisites: Barista Level 1 Certificate; CP201, CP202, CP203, CP204