The final TAC TEA SOMMELIER® certification exam is made up of the following parts:

    1. Tea Preparation (30%): Prepare a serving of tea for your examiners – white, green, oolong , pu-erh or black (examiner’s choice) –10 minutesJudging will be based on: explanation of the tea selected, equipment used, the method used for brewing and how the student interacts through dialogue with examiner
    2. Oral Presentation (10%): Answer a question posed by your examiners on any of the following 6 topics: tea regions, tea history, types of tea and processing methods, health of tea, preparing tea or menu suggestion —10 minutesJudging will be based on: introduction, remaining on topic, clarity, engaging and interesting
    3. Multiple Choice Questions (30%) — 30 minutes
    4. Blind Tasting (30%): Examine a series of 10 teas and identify: style, type and country of origin (depending on country, what region) —30 minutesJudging will be based on: If the tea is a white tea the student must specify if it is White Silver Needle or Pai Mu Tan. If the tea is from India, is it from Assam, Darjeeling or Nilgiri. If the tea is green is it pan-fired or steamed and if it is an oolong is it light or long oxidized. *A tea will only be re-cupped if it runs out

Students must pass the blind cupping with a minimum of 75% AND an overall score of 75% to pass. If a student fails only one portion, they need to only re- take the failed portion.

Expectation to Achieve TAC TEA SOMMELIERTM/SM CertificationA TAC TEA SOMMELIER® professional should, in view of their training and/or experience, be knowledgeable in all aspects of tea as it affects vendors, serving establishments and consumers. S/he should have a thorough understanding of tea, including its history, cultural significance, cultivation, processing, storage, preparation and consumption. A TEA SOMMELIER® professional should be able to interact easily with anyone on the subject of tea and make recommendations based on their needs in an approachable and easy manner. These requirements mean that a candidate for TAC TEA SOMMELIER® certification must be able to demonstrate in an examination setting satisfactory knowledge relating to all pertinent subject matter, including for example:

➢ full knowledge of tea processing methods, history, regions
➢ ability to design a comprehensive tea menu for a retail or food service environment
➢ understand and apply the principals behind tea and food pairings
➢ understand and articulate the tasting notes associated with different teas

COST $250 (+HST)

Next Exam

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
9:00AM-1:30 PM
Where: The Coffee and Tea Show – International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8
Registration deadline: Friday, September 9

Registration form

To register please download and fill out the form then scan and email it to Adi Baker at adi.baker@tea.ca


This session is designed to provide students with an overview of the Program’s eight modules and to prepare them for the certification examination.
Enroll now