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Offering the Finest, Most Complete Training in the Tea Industry.

Recognized throughout the world, the International Tea Masters Association is the Gold Standard in tea education. It was founded in 2007 to provide Mastery Level training, education, and professional certification to individuals desiring to become an ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™, an ITMA Certified Tea Blender™, an ITMA Certified Tea Taster™, or an ITMA Certified Tea Master™. Its superior faculty and outstanding curriculum are unmatched in the entire tea industry.

The association is respected as meeting superior educational standards by offering its ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ for achieving the ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ designation, its ITMA Certified Tea Blending Course™ for achieving the ITMA Certified Tea Blender™ designation, and for its ITMA Certified Tea Master Course™ for achieving the ITMA Certified Tea Master™ or ITMA Certified Tea Taster™ designation, the most respected titles in the tea industry.

Our Tea Masterclass: How to Start a Successful Tea Business™, which is an exceptional learning endeavor for anyone starting a new tea business, is available online via Skype..


Select one of our available course options for ITMA Members (price in USA Dlls) :

IMPORTANT:  Please note that until further notice, all in-person courses are suspended. However, all courses are available online and will be held remotely via Zoom or via Skype.  (listed at the lower section).

Students must register at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for material to reach them prior to class beginning.

Corporate and group training dates to be set with instructor based on circumstances and availability.

Please note the price tag below are for none members.  All prices are in US Dlls..

ITMA Certified Tea Blending Course – $2,325.00 US Dlls.

ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course – $1,725.00 US Dlls.

ITMA Certified Tea Master Course – $3,225.00 US Dlls.

ITMA Certified Tea Master Course via Skype –  $3,225.00 US Dlls.

ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course via Skype– $1,725.00 US Dlls.

ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course in person with Tea Master Parag Hatibarua in India– $980.00 US Dlls.

ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course with Rocel Leoncio via Skype/Zoom– $995.00 US Dlls.

ITMA Tea Sommelier Final Examination- $95.00 Dlls.

ITMA Tea Master Final Examination- $95.00 US Dlls.

For none members but interested in joining ITMA, please click on this link 


Courses via Skype and Zoom

Certified Tea Blending Course Via Skype or via Zoom by Appointment. Online without leaving your home of office.  Available trainers: Tea Master Melissa Salazar and Tea Master Stijn Van Schoonlandt.

Certified Tea Sommelier Course Via Zoom by Appointment. Online without leaving your home or office. Trainer; Tea Master Philip Parda

Certified Tea Master Course Via Zoom by Appointment. Online without leaving your home or office. Trainer; Tea Master Philip Parda

If You want to reserve your spot for any of the programmed courses, please make a deposit through the lower section.

Cursos via Skype o via Zoom en Español

ITMA Curso de Certificación para “Tea Sommelier” en español via Skype o via Zoom con cita programada. Curso en linea sin tener que dejar la comodidad de tu casa ú oficina.  Entrenador: Tea Master  Claudia Zarate.

Si desea reservar su lugar para cualquiera de los cursos programados, haga un depósito a través de la sección en la parte inferior.



The Coronavirus pandemic is creating a global crisis of unprecedented magnitude.  Shelter-in-place is the latest mandate. Our hope and prayer is that a vaccine will be created very soon to save the lives of those afflicted.

The virus is causing major problems for businesses throughout the world, including ours.   However, one of the bright spots in our organization structure is our ability to offer on-line tea training courses over the Internet which are available without your traveling to a formal meeting location like a hotel.  Our on-line courses can be taken on computer in the safe space of your home or office.

Our international staff of 10 highly skilled and competent certified tea masters stand ready to implement our courses with those with the advanced foresight who register.  Best of all, we are offering our on-line tea sommelier and tea master courses from March 23th. Details are available on our website at, choose your Master trainer in the area where you are like Melissa Salazar in San Francisco, CA, Rocel Leoncio in Philippines, Stijn De Koffieliefhebber in Europe, Frankee Muller in NC, Philip Parda in Madison, CT, Claudia Zarate in Spanish.

Finally, pray for all those people and family affected by this virus.


Claudia Zárate K,

ITMA Executive Director

Be sure to read our registration and refund policy:

Refund Policy: 2 weeks prior to the course: full refund of the course fee. 1 week prior to the course: 50% refund. Less than a week (7 days prior to the course): no refund. No show: no refund.

Early registration is strongly advised to secure your place in the course of your choice. While every attempt will be made to adhere to the published venue and posted dates, we reserve the right to make adjustments, which may include class cancellation, transfer to a larger meeting room, or transfer to another venue. All registered students will be notified of any changes or cancellations. If your course is cancelled or rescheduled, you may request transfer to another course or a tuition refund, less the nonrefundable tuition deposit of $250. If you completed the training and were certified with a credential by the Association, you must surrender your Certificate of Completion and agree not to use the Title under any circumstances. You will receive email notification of acceptance of your registration as soon as it is processed, usually within 24 hours.

Current U.S. tax law permits certain deductions for tuition, books, supplies and similar expenses incurred to maintain and improve professional skills. Tuition payments may also be eligible for Lifetime Learning tax credits. For current tax information, consult your local tax professional.

Important Consideration:  Any Certification Course has to be completed in a period of maximum 24 months with a minimum passing grade of the Final Examination of 70.

Obtain a certification with one of our courses taught by our ITMA™ Certified Tea Masters.
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Please note: If You want to reserve your spot for any of the programmed courses, please make a deposit through the lower section.
Standard Membership is available to all individuals other than students and those who qualify for complimentary membership. 
The ITMA annual Standard Membership has a cost of $79.0 dollars.
If you reserve one of the courses without being an active member of ITMA, the courses will have an extra cost of $250.0 dollars each.

Secure your place and make a security deposit selecting your Instructor and the Certified Course. (At the CART once you proceed to checkout, please include at the "Additional Information" section the dates of the course you wish to attend)

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