How To Be Officially Accredited As A Barista

So you’ve been working at Sal’s Espresso House for ten years, your customers line up around the corner every morning, and your double choc latte is considered an official tourist attraction in your hometown. So how do you now become an officially accredited Barista and confirm your caffeine dominance?

Well, you could just start calling yourself a Barista. After all, it’s not like anyone in line will care if you have a certificate or not that proves it. Heck, the kids at Starbucks call themselves baristas, and they’d be lost without their ‘how to make a mocha’ manual.

But if you want to do it right, you need to talk to the body that handles specialty coffee making around the world. The Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe are the two major coffee making bodies who gauge what is considered quality in the coffee making business and what is considered substandard. They run the annual World Barista Championships and have done since 2000. Membership to the SCAA brings you access to a network of 2500 coffee professional, market research, training and education, cupping workshops, brewing seminars, roaster training, and an annual conference. They also offer a membership directory containing qualified suppliers, vendors and customers, small business start-up resources, affordable health insurance, and member discounts on insurance products, freight services, market research, conferences, training labs, classes, and directory advertising.

But what makes the SCAA really worth joining if you’re a coffee pro is their certification programs that bring real credentials to brewing technicians and baristas.

No matter where you are in the world, the SCAA and its affiliates have a local person who can give you more information.

Qualified Baristas and Endorsed Bodies:

ASIA/PACIFIC REGION

AUSTRALIA
Endorsing Body
AASCA (Australasian Specialty Coffee Association) www.aasca.com
CHINA
Endorsing Body
Shanghai CMP Sinexpo International Exhibition Co. Ltd www.cmpasia.com
INDIA
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JAPAN
Endorsing Body
Specialty Coffee Association of Japan www.scaj.org
KOREA
Endorsing Body
Specialty Coffee Association of Korea – song-lee @ m2.dion.ne.jp
NEW ZEALAND
Endorsing Body
AASCA (see Australia)
THAILAND
Endorsing Body
WBC Hemisphere Co-ordinator Emily Oak (with Milan Crosse Partners Thailand) – mcpl @ ksc.th.com

EUROPE/AFRICA

AUSTRIA
Endorsing Body
BOSNIA HERTZOGOVENA
Endorsing Body
SCAE Italian Chapter (see Italy)
BULGARIA
Endorsing Body
SCAE National Coordinator – youroukov @ spetema.com
CZECH REPUBLIC
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CROATIA
Endorsing Body
SCAE National Coordinator – + 385 1 2409-369
DENMARK
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ESTONIA
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FINLAND
Endorsing Body
Speciality Coffee Association of Finland – www.seko.fi
FRANCE
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GERMANY
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GREECE
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ICELAND
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IRELAND
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ISRAEL
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ITALY
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KENYA
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LEBANON
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LUXEMBURG
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NETHERLANDS
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NORWAY
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POLAND
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ROMANIA
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RUSSIA
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SERBIA
Endorsing Body
Jens Heinrik Thomsen WBC Hemisphere Co-ordinator
SLOVAKIA
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SLOVENIA
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SWEDEN
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SWITZERLAND
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UKRAINE
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UNITED KINGDOM
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YUGOSLAVIA
Endorsing Body
SCAE National Coordinator – +381 11 30 40 300

AMERICAS (NTH AND STH)

BRAZIL
Endorsing BodySpecialty Coffee Association of Brazil – www.bsca.com.brCANADA
Endorsing BodyCindy Chang WBC Hemisphere CoordinatorCOSTA RICA
Endorsing BodySpeciality Coffee Association of Costa Rica – [email protected]EL SALVADOR
Endorsing BodySCAE National Coordinator – [email protected]MEXICO
Endorsing BodyCOSCAFE – [email protected]GUATEMALA
Endorsing BodyAnacafe – [email protected]PUERTO RICO
Endorsing BodyAsociacion de Baristas de Puerto Rico, Inc. – [email protected]UNITED STATES
Endorsing BodySCAA Specialty Coffee Association of America – www.scaa.org