Founded in 2007, the International Tea Masters Association (ITMA) is an established 501(c)3 non-profit organization currently offering four specialized courses of instruction, each with its own Certificate of Completion for graduates.
ITMA is recognized throughout the world as the Gold professional levels of tea mastery, ITMA offers education, training, and international certication for individuals who wish to become industry-leading tea sommeliers, tea blenders, tea masters, and tea business owners.
The two-part ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course, a two-month program, provides all the educational requirements for students to achieve the prestigious designation of ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier. Graduates acquire the competence and confidence to serve as professionally-trained tea sommeliers at a distinguished restaurant, hotel, or tea business. Some successful graduates start or expand their own tea enterprises.
The program is invaluable for restaurant and tea business proprietors, managers, chefs, caterers, tea aficionados, industry suppliers, as well as anyone who desires to include tea mastery skills into one’s existing hospitality profession.
Students are immersed in an environment of intense accelerated hands-on learning and training, including practice sessions to prepare and serve many kinds of tea. Students also receive the philosophy, structures, tasting protocols, and other core skills, along with valuable first-hand tea sommelier experience.
Part 2 of the course begins a week after Part 1 is completed. This segment focuses on integration and expansion of Part 1 course content. Students work from home utilizing the departments in the ITMA Tea Sommelier Tasting Course Training Manual. Each department unfolds learning for a separate variety of tea. Students are provided with two different tea samples to correspond with each chapter, and then submit their results in an online Tea Evaluation Form. Once completed, students assess a Mystery Tea, complete a dissertation, and take a final examination.
Upcoming Course of Instruction
|ITMA Tea Sommelier Certification Course
Starting May 14, 2016
San Francisco, California
Tuition Only $975 for association members ($1,225 for nonmembers)
Seating Is Limited
To register, post a US$250 non-refundable tuition-deposit using the button at the bottom of the Course Description page here.