The ITMA Tea Sommelier Certification Course™ for becoming an ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ starts at the Hotel Binnenhof Leuven on May 6th & 7th, from 9am to 5pm each day. The hotel is a symbol of European nostalgia and is located in the city-center of bustling Leuven.
The 8-Week ITMA Tea Sommelier Tasting Course™ begins the following week involving home study, tasting and evaluating 18 different teas, and periodic online teleconferences to share experiences and ask questions. This will be followed by tasting and evaluating a Mystery Tea, a Report (oral or written) on a topic assigned by ITMA, and a Final Examination ($95 Examination Fee).
The training will be led in English by ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ and ITMA Certified Tea Blender™ Stijn Van Schoonlandt. With a strong background in tea and blending, and proprietor of his own coffee and tea establishment in Belgium, he promises to make this an especially memorable, life-changing experience for everyone.
Accommodations are available at the Hotel Binnenhof Leuven (Maria Theresiastraat 65, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium Phone: +32 (0)16 20 55 92 | Fax: +32 (0)16 23 69 26 | Email: email@example.com). Standard Single Rate with breakfast included: € 99.00 (US$105.00). The 2-Day Comprehensive Tea Sommelier Course™ will be held in a meeting room at the hotel. Seating is limited.
The training contains all the educational requirements an individual needs for achieving the association’s prestigious ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ designation once the program, blind tea tasting, oral (5 minute) or written (4 page) dissertation with a subject assigned by the ITMA, and 100+ question final examination are successfully completed.
Registrants will experience some of the most exquisite loose-leaf teas from around the world. The training will also include: Health Benefits of Tea and Valuable Guest Service Skills.
Tuition for the complete program is $1,475 for ITMA Members ($1,975 for Non-Members). To register, post a $250 non-refundable tuition deposit using the button below. Registrants will receive an invoice by email for the balance, which is not due until April 20, 2017.