Become a Tea Professional

A TEA SOMMELIER is a trained and knowledgeable tea professional who has successfully completed the eight modules in the TAC TEA SOMMELIER™/℠ course at a college or online, and passed the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada certification examination.

This certification was critical to my success in the industry. Learning to evaluate teas properly, and to understand the subtle nuances that can be coaxed from each terroir and processing style are skills I use daily in my interactions with suppliers and customers alike. 
-Jennifer Commins, Certified TAC Tea Sommelier, Founder and CEO of Pluck Tea

My TAC Certification was a major turning point for me at a time when I needed to find a new career path for myself. In addition to giving me a foundation in the history, production, classification, identification, traditions, and preparation of tea, it also showed me that I could, in fact, make a move into the industry and turn my personal passion into something more.
 -David Pasieka, Certified TAC Tea Sommelier Professional

Becoming a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier® Professional is exciting for so many reasons and can lead to a successful career in hospitality and commerce.
-Sheena Brady, Certified TAC Tea Sommelier Professional, Program Instructor and CEO Tease Tea

Graduates will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of tea and its history, processing methods and preparation.
  • 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.
  • Have the ability to design a comprehensive tea menu for retail or any food service environment.
  • Understand and apply the principals behind tea and food pairings.
  • Understand and articulate the tasting notes associated with different teas.

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