Specialty Coffee Association launches new diploma program

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The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has announced the launch of the SCA Skills Diplomas, which aims to recognise job readiness in the specialty coffee industry.

“Our aim with the introduction of the SCA Skills Diplomas is to offer a recognition that clearly connects to specific jobs on the market,” says SCA Education Officer Dorit Lessard. “Each diploma’s prescribed set of courses were specifically chosen so holders of the diplomas are ready for success in several predominate roles in the consumer sector of the specialty coffee industry.”

The SCA offers four diplomas that give learners in-depth knowledge and practical experiences that can be applied in an industry setting.

The SCA Skills Diplomas are as follows:

  • Café Diploma: Hands-on learning to help you create, prepare, communicate, and promote specialty coffee experiences.
  • Coffee Trade Diploma: Learn about handling, evaluation, sensory analysis, and trade of green coffee.
  • Roastery Diploma: Deep dive into the development, production, quality assurance, and communication of roasted coffee.
  • Sustainable Coffee Diploma: Expand your knowledge about the development and implementation of best practices and projects that promote a more sustainable coffee industry.

Each diploma requires a combination of advanced level learning and foundational coursework from all three of the SCA Certificate Programs: Coffee Skills Program, Coffee Sustainability Program, and Coffee Technicians Program.

“If you are new to coffee, or want to grow your career in coffee, pursuing one or more of the SCA Skills Diplomas is a great next step,” says Lessard.

Participants will be able to print off their diplomas as well as receive a digital badge, which can be embedded into social media bios, email signatures, websites, and more.

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