World Coffee Events (WCE) has licensed the workshop model for its Judges Certification Workshops (JCW) to its two parent organisations, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE). “This allows more opportunities to become certified as a judge in our world competitions,” said the 2013 Chair of the WCE Advisory Board, Carl Sara, in a statement. “The partnership with our parents will increase the frequency and accessibility to the certification workshop. During the 2013-2014 event season, the SCAA and SCAE will organise, manage and produce judges workshops worldwide either directly or through their global education partners. Certification will still be officially authorised and issued by World Coffee Events.
In order to make these workshops as widely available as possible, SCAA and SCAE have started on plans for a series of Judge Certification Workshops within various geographies worldwide.
The JCW is a certification program only. For aspiring future judges who are not yet prepared to apply for certification, a new series of education-focused modules are planned to be offered in early 2014.