World Coffee Events Licenses World Judges Certification Program

World Coffee Events Licenses World Judges Certification Program 

to their parent organizations, the SCAA and SCAE

Dublin, Ireland – This week, World Coffee Events licensed the workshop model for its Judges Certification Workshops (JCW) to its two parent organizations, the Specialty Coffee Association of America and Speciality Coffee Association of Europe. “This allows more opportunities to become certified as a judge in our world competitions.

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The partnership with our parents will increase the frequency and accessibility to the certification workshop,” comments Carl Sara, 2013 Chair of the WCE Advisory Board.  During the 2013-2014 event season, the SCAA and SCAE will organize, manage and produce judges workshops worldwide either directly or through their global education partners. Certification will still be officially authorized and issued by World Coffee Events.

“We are very excited to offer these Judges Certification Workshops in more locations in Europe to help grow the number of European certified judges in the world championships,” comments Annemarie Tiemes, SCAE Education Coordinator.

With a motivation to make these workshops as widely available as possible, SCAA and SCAE have started on plans for a series of Judge Certification Workshops within various geographies worldwide. To date, this list includes:

  • November 15-16, 2013 – Williamsburg, VA (organized by SCAA)
  • February 2014 – the Americas – TBD (organized by SCAA)
  • February 2014 – Dublin, Ireland (organized by SCAE)
  • March 2014 – Ancona, Italy (organized by SCAE)

Exact dates and locations will be made available on the WCE website –

You can also find the SCAA events listed at

“Our goal is to offer a clear path and training opportunity to all interested individuals in becoming a world certified judge. By licensing the judges certification program to the SCAA and SCAE, we are able to improve the facilitation, promotion, and administration of these events,” says Cindy Ludviksen, WCE Managing Director.

The JCW is a certification program only.  For aspiring, future judges who are not yet prepared to apply for certification, a new series of education-focused modules are planned to be offered in early 2014 as well.

About World Coffee Events:

WCE is an event management organization registered in Dublin, Ireland, and founded by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America. WCE is the premier producer of events for the coffee community worldwide. Our mission is to develop events that engage the specialty coffee community and promote coffee excellence. (




SCAA International Education Partnership

As of June 1, 2013, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) will be conducting all knowledge tests for their Certificate programs in a secure online format. This exciting new digital system will allow for easier participant access to tests as well as faster turnaround times for reporting of results and awarding of credits and Certificates. The new online format will also allow participants all over the world, even those that cannot attend events, to take SCAA knowledge tests when it is convenient for them in the comfort of their own home or business. The tests will automatically be available in 39 languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, French, Russian, and Italian to better serve our growing international student base.

Participants will be required to have access to a computer that has internet and a working webcam. All tests will be monitored by a live remote professional proctor. A webcam is required to allow the proctor to monitor participants during testing. Skills tests requiring practical assessment on equipment will not be affected. Practical tests will be delivered on-site at future SCAA events and trainings.  Please see for the most up-to-date offering of practical tests.

Ellie Matuszak, SCAA’s Director of Professional Development, commented, “SCAA professional development programs depend on member feedback and continuous innovation in order to provide the most relevant and impactful programs that help our members advance individual company goals, creating a more vibrant and healthy industry. This initiative represents the culmination of years of member feedback, research, and negotiation. SCAA is thrilled to take this very important step.”