The ITMA Tea Sommelier Certification Course™ for becoming an ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ starts with the 2-Day ITMA Comprehensive Tea Sommelier Course™ held on-site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 6th & 7th, from 9am to 5pm each day. The 8-Week ITMA Tea Sommelier Tasting Course™ starts 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 by ITMA Certified Tea Master™ Daniel Johnson. With a strong background in tea, herbs, yoga, and Chinese medicine, he promises to make this an especially memorable, life-changing experience for everyone.
Accommodations are available at the Hyatt House (5335 Baum Boulevard Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 15224). Discounted King Den room rate of $125 is available. Please call the hotel’s reservation line at 1-412-621-9900 and identify yourself with the International Tea Masters Association to receive the discounted rate. The 2-Day Comprehensive Tea Sommelier Course™ will be held in a Corner King Suite featuring a full kitchen and casual teaching space. This room accommodates up to 7 registrants. Seating is extremely 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 15, 2017.