SCA Barista Skills - Professional Course


  • SCA Barista Skills - Professional Course
  • SCA Barista Skills - Professional Course
  • SCA Barista Skills - Professional Course
  • SCA Barista Skills - Professional Course

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This is built for baristas who have already achieved Intermediate certification. Designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind processes used, expected from a professional barista - for example, from someone working as a barista for 12 months or more, with some management responsibilities.

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SCA Barista Skills - Professional

Join us for three days of in-depth coffee training for baristas who want to succeed in the specialty coffee industry.

Successful candidates should have a detailed understanding of their ingredients and of the techniques available to maximise the quality of the drinks made. They should be able to manage the skills of others to provide quality drinks and excellent

customer service. They should be able to maintain their equipment to ensure continued quality.

What's Covered?

  • What is specialty coffee
  • Coffee history
  • Understanding coffee at farm level
  • Basics of roasting
  • Coffee freshness
  • Basic brewing
  • Drinks menu

SCA Certification

25 points earned towards the SCA Coffee Skills Programme

Comprised of 5 practical tests (a pass rate of 80% is required) and a written exam (35 questions with a pass rate of 80% required). 

SCA Introduction to Coffee and Barista Skills Foundation are recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite modules. However, SCA Intermediate Barista Skills is mandatory. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments. 

SCA certification fee: 

150 GBP for SCA members

230 GBP for SCA non-members

Please contact us at with your SCA learner number once booked. 

Further information

Maximum of 4 people on a course. No minimum number for courses to run.

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Length & Location: Training will take place at the Climpson's Academy over three days, courses will run from 0930 - 1700 with a lunch break. 

Climpson’s Academy is located opposite the roastery - Unit 5, Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

Training style: Our training has been developed to be accessible to everyone willing and eager to learn. It encompasses a wide range of learning styles, culminating in written and practical exams.

The Barista Trainer: Mr. Dan Dunne, our Head of Training, is our super experienced, qualified SCA trainer. 

Equipment & Machinery: We’re proud to be partnered with some of the best machine and equipment companies in the industry. When training with us, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice on a range of equipment; including La Marzocco PB, GS3, and Victoria Arduino Mythos Grinders. 

Food & Beverage: We will feed you lunch as lovingly prepared by the team at Climpson’s Café. If you are very good a sweet treat and as much coffee and filtered water as you can drink in a day will be provided.

See all available SCA courses and Climpson workshops here.