The educational core of Barista Camp is based on industry standards provided by SCA’s Coffee Skills Program. Attendees have a choice of 5 different tracks with optional certification. The tracks are composed of a variety of modules to cater for baristas with diverse skill levels and interests.

You have the opportunity to select one intermediate module or two foundation modules. During the registration process you'll be asked to choose one of these options - so please consider carefully which track is right for you. We urge you to read through the curricula below for each module to help you make an informed decision.

New for 2018! Camp attendees have the option to take the Authorised SCA Trainer course as part of the Barista Camp program. The application details are below.

SCA Coffee Skills Program Courses


  • Barista Foundation will provide you with the basic practical skills you need behind the espresso bar: learn how to set your grinder, milk techniques and pouring a range of drinks.
  • Barista Intermediate is designed to test key core and more advanced skills and understanding, expected from a competent barista (for example, from someone working as a barista for 6months or more). Successful candidates should be able to dial in a brew recipe, make a full range of drinks with quality and speed, as well as understand the basic requirements for customer service and maintenance. Barista Foundation is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module.


  • Brewing Foundation introduces you to the core skills required to brew great coffee, using different equipment, from Chemex and siphon to clever dripper and French press.
  • Brewing Intermediate is designed to test key core and more advanced skills and understanding, it is very much a hands-on workshop where you will learn to analyse your grind profile, match your grind to your brewing method and to scientifically measure coffee strength and chart a coffee’s extraction.


Green Intermediate will equip with knowledge of key concepts surrounding green coffee: production, processing, grading, shipping, storage, arrival at destination, as well as coffee contracts and portfolio management.


Sensory Intermediate is ideal for someone with cupping experience who wants to develop their knowledge of sensory skills. It is broken down into three areas: 'how we taste, perceive and interpret', 'running a cupping session and tasting the diversity of coffee' and 'how to set up sensory skills in your business'. Sensory Foundation is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module.

Becoming an AST will give you the unique opportunity to teach the Coffee Skills Program (CSP) curriculum at your own Authorized Training Venue or Premium Training Campus.

The Coffee Skills Program is also offered at SCA events around the world. Lead trainer positions as well as assistant trainer positions (station instructors) for CSP courses are selected via an application and review process.

We’ll provide you with all the necessary training on our AST course as well as support from SCA staff to help guide you as you begin teaching your own courses.


AST Course: €1500 + €200 per certifier licence + €295 shared / €345 single room at Barista Camp.

In order to take the AST course at Barista Camp you must complete the application form above and be approved by the SCA Education department before we can share the link to register for Camp.

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