Certification – Curriculum

ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ Curriculum

Part 1 (On-Site Training)

  • Introduction to the World of Tea
  • History of Tea
  • Growing regions, terroir, planting (cuttings and cloning), cultivation, harvesting, processing and grading (China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Kenya)
  • Teapots and Utensils
  • Tea Ceremonies
    • Japanese Tea Ceremony
    • Chinese Tea Ceremony
    • English-style Tea Serving
    • American Tea Ceremony
  • Chemistry of Tea
  • Mechanics of Taste
  • Tea Aroma Wheel
  • Tea Tasting Protocol
  • Tea Evaluation Form
  • Tea Tastings (8 teas)
  • Health Benefits of Tea; Caffeine-Theanine
  • Guest Service Skills
    • Listening from Service
    • Asking Key Questions
    • Educating the Guest

Part 2 (Home Study)

Tea Evaluations – Multiple Steepings (Registrants will taste and evaluate two selected teas in each of the nine categories below (18 teas total), as well as learn the history and background of each tea, and preparation instructions using the ITMA recommended tasting and evaluation protocol).

  • Japanese Green Teas
  • Chinese Green Teas
  • White Teas
  • Oolong Teas
  • English Black Teas
  • Chinese Black Teas
  • Indian Black Teas
  • Pu-erh Teas
  • Chai (registrant creates the blend)
  • Herbal Teas/Tisanes

ITMA Certified Tea Master Course™ Curriculum

Part 1 (On-Site Training)

  • Course Introduction
  • Salute to Tea Masters
  • Defining a Tea Master
  • Importance of Innovation
  • Tea Cultures Worldwide
  • Organoleptic Evaluation of Tea
  • Advanced High-End Tea Tasting & Evaluation
  • Chinese Teas
  • Taiwanese Teas
  • Japanese Teas
  • Yellow  Teas
  • Oolong Teas
  • Black Teas
  • Puerh Teas
  • Law of Attraction
  • The Art of Praying and Meditating
  • The Art of Envisioning
  • The Art of Intentioning
  • Tea Blending Techiques
  • Tea Business Planning Tools
  • Starting or Expanding a Tea Business
  • Attracting and Retaining Customers
  • Effective Use of Social Media and Press Releases
  • Web Site Concepts that Work
  • Half-day Visit to Roy Fong’s Tea Farm 

Part 2 (Home Study)

Tea Evaluations – Multiple Steepings (Registrants will taste and evaluate two selected teas in each of the nine categories below (18 teas total), as well as learn the history and background of each tea, and preparation instructions using the ITMA recommended tasting and evaluation protocol).

  • Japanese Green Teas
  • Chinese Green Teas
  • White Teas
  • Oolong Teas
  • English Black Teas
  • Chinese Black Teas
  • Indian Black Teas
  • Pu-erh Teas
  • Herbal Teas/Tisanes

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