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SCAA Certified Teaching Laboratories exist to fulfill the SCAA mission to recognize, promote, and develop specialty coffee.
  • They are the home of continuous offerings of SCAA education programs such as the Roaster, Coffee Taster, and Barista Certificate programs, as well as the CQI Q Grader Tests, as well as the industry standard for quality professional development and consistent evaluation of coffee throughout the world.
  • Objective, calibrated, consistent teaching environments ensure global compliance with SCAA standards and protocols and are an integral component of ensuring high quality training for coffee professionals worldwide.




How to Acquire SCAA Teaching Lab Certification:


1. Complete Inquiry Form:


Click HERE to do so. The first step in the process. Connect with an SCAA staff member and discuss the certification process.

Here are some helpful links: Any questions? Submit the form above and we will be happy to answer questions!


2. Ready to Start?


Submit the Application Process Fee. Click HERE to do so. This is the official start of the lab certification process allowing for direct access and support from SCAA staff during the entire process.

3. Ready for your Inspection?


  • Fill out the Laboratory Inspection form by clicking HERE.
  • Pay the Inspection Fee by clicking HERE.
  • Tell Me More About the Inspection Process.
    Be inspected by a SCAA Teaching Laboratory Inspector, who then compiles a report with photos and supporting evidence and submits results to the SCAA Science Department. If any remaining items must be resolved, the certification is not issued until the SCAA Science Department follows up with the lab to ensure compliance. Please note all costs of this inspection are the responsibility of the Candidate Lab, as stated in the Inspection Procedures document above. Upon passing inspection and attaining certification, all SCAA Labs may host SCAA education classes.


4. Maintaining Certification


Each Lab is expected to satisfy all of the Lab certification requirements listed on the SCAA web site at all times during the four-year tenure of its certification. These requirements are subject to periodic review and revision in the sole discretion of SCAA. SCAA depends on the involvement of its members and all other users of the Labs as de facto monitors of these facilities. Any Lab's failure at any time to follow these requirements, whether small or large, accidental or deliberate, is important to SCAA.

Please click HERE to view the Protocol for Noncompliance (includes how and where to report noncompliance issues).

Each lab is required to submit certain items and documentation at the Two Year Checkpoint. Click HERE for more information on this requirement.

How to HOST SCAA CLASSES at your certified teaching lab.


If you are a certified lab and would like to conduct classes, please click HERE to learn more about how to host these classes.