Recognized throughout the world, the non-profit International Tea Masters Association, with its worldwide training locations, is acknowledged as the Gold Standard in tea education. It was founded in 2007 in San Diego, California, to provide mastery level education, training, and certification to aspiring tea sommeliers, tea blenders, and tea masters. Its superior faculty and outstanding curriculum are unmatched in the entire tea industry.
The association meets superior educational standards by offering its ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ for achieving the respected ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ designation. The home page on its web site, teamasters.org, features a number of worldwide locations where the course is offered. Tuition for this training course is $975 to $1,475. It is a prerequisite for enrolling in its advanced ITMA Certified Tea Master Course™ for achieving the prestigious ITMA Certified Tea Master™ designation, the most prominent title in the tea industry. Tuition for the blending course is $1,975 and $2,975 for the tea master training.
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The organization is managed by ITMA Certified Tea Master Chas Kroll, a former tea business owner and an astute, knowledgeable individual in the tea world. He is held in high esteem by all of the men and women he personally trained and certified. The association is privileged to have ITMA Certified Grand Tea Master Roy Fong as its Director of Education. Fong, with his 30 years of tea experience, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on Chinese and Taiwanese teas. Kroll and Fong head the training faculty for the ITMA Certified Tea Master Course™ held three times a year in San Diego.
With trainers in the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Spain, and Sweden, all of whom are ITMA Certified Tea Masters, personally trained by Kroll, the association has embarked on a new program designed to attract ITMA Affiliate Trainers to foster its continued growth and expansion. The successful program has already attracted fifteen experienced tea aficionados with more to follow.