The International Tea Masters Association, now in its 11th year of operation, is coming to picturesque Alexandria, VA, with its ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ for becoming a Certified Tea Sommelier™, one of the most prestigious titles in the tea industry. Alexandria features an eclectic downtown, quality art galleries, a burgeoning culinary scene, and of course, Southern Hospitality.
The training starts with the 2-Day ITMA Comprehensive Tea Sommelier Course™ held on-site on October 19th & 20th, from 9am to 5pm each day, at a hotel venue to be announced. The 8-Week ITMA Tea Sommelier Tasting Course™ starts the following week involving home study, tasting and evaluating 18 specialty teas. 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™ Frankee Muller, who recently moved to Oriental, NC, from Montana after selling her bed & breakfast. She is a life-long tea aficionado and promises to make this an especially memorable, life changing experience for everyone.
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, dissertation, and final examination are successfully completed.
Registrants will experience some of the most exquisite and often rarest 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 training program is $1,475 for association members ($1,725 for nonmembers). To register, post a $250 non-refundable tuition-deposit using the button below. The tuition balance will be invoiced to registrants by e-mail and must be paid by October 1, 2019.
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.