Barista Guild Certification | The Barista Guild of America offers certification courses at regional SCAA Skill-Building Workshops throughout the year and at our annual Exposition. To see a list of upcoming courses, visit our events page. To learn more about Barista Guild Certification and view the list of certified baristas, visit the BGA website.

Level 1

SCAA Class Code

Class Title


Introduction to Espresso Part 1


Introduction to Espresso Part 2


Introduction to Cupping


Introduction to Coffee Brewing & Extraction


Introduction to Customer Service


Level 1 Certification Test

* Please note: experienced baristas can choose to pursue and obtain Level 1 Certification by achieving a passing score in CP190 AND attending CP103 (may test out of all other requirements).
To view details on Level 1 Certification, please click here.

Level 2

SCAA Class Code Class Title
CP203 Milk & Latte Art
CP201 Grind, Dose, Tamp, Extract 201
CP202 Espresso Bar Efficiency & Workflow
CB204 Exploring Espresso Equipment
CP290 Level 2 Barista Certification Exit Exam
Plus one of the following:
RP206 Intro to Coffee Farming
LECTURE "Seed to Roaster" Lecture or Webinar
CB101 The Coffee Seed to Cup Supply Chain: Webinar (coming soon)
ORIGIN Attend an SCAA Origin Trip

To view details on Level 2 Certification, please click here.

Level 3

Coming Soon

Governance & Administration Information

The BGA Certification Program is governed and administered by the Barista Guild of America and the Specialty Coffee Association of America. All coursework and tests are property of SCAA. Coursework and Tests are designed by the BGA and the SCAA Professional Development Committee. All tests and test scores are subject to SCAA's confidentiality policy.

Education Tracking and Test Scores: Tests will be graded and candidates will be notified of scores and pass/fail information within two weeks of testing. Education credits including test scores will be applied to the student's online profile at within 4-6 weeks of each class or test taken. All education credits and test scores as well as Certifications completed/earned are tracked in each individual student's online profile at Students are tracked using an individual email address, which can be updated by the student anytime online. Education tracking will not be provided to students who do not have an online profile at

Appeals: Candidate complaints/disputes can be directed to any member of the BGA Executive Council or any SCAA Staff Liaison to the BGA. All appeals will be handled by a task force comprised minimally of 3 BGA Executive Council members and the SCAA Director of Professional Development, on a case-by-case basis as needed.