Certified Barista (CB)

The Certified Barista (CB) program is a specialized training designed for individuals who are passionate about the art and science of coffee preparation and want to become experts in the field of barista craftsmanship. Being a barista is not just about making coffee; it’s about mastering the craft of brewing, understanding the nuances of different coffee beans, and providing an exceptional coffee experience to customers. In a world where coffee culture is thriving, the role of a skilled barista has become increasingly vital. The CB program aims to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of the coffee industry, from bean to cup, and develop the skills necessary to create consistently outstanding coffee beverages.

This comprehensive program is structured to cover all aspects of being a barista, from the basics of espresso preparation to advanced latte art techniques. It delves into the world of coffee sourcing, roasting, and grinding, ensuring participants have a deep appreciation for the coffee they work with. The curriculum combines theory and hands-on practice, enabling students to learn about the science behind coffee extraction, understand the various brewing methods, and master the art of milk frothing and coffee presentation. Additionally, the CB program emphasizes the importance of customer service and communication, as baristas often serve as the face of the coffee establishment, enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Certification Program Objectives:

Upon completing the Certified Barista (CB) program, participants will be able to:

  • Master Coffee Brewing: Expertly prepare a variety of coffee and espresso beverages, understanding the nuances of coffee beans, grind size, and brewing methods.
  • Elevate Customer Experience: Create a warm and inviting cafe atmosphere, providing exceptional customer service and ensuring customer satisfaction.
  • Equipment Proficiency: Skillfully operate and maintain coffee machines and equipment, ensuring consistent quality and efficiency.
  • Coffee Knowledge: Develop a deep understanding of coffee origins, flavor profiles, and the art of latte art to enhance the coffee experience.
  • Hygiene and Safety: Adhere to strict hygiene and safety standards to ensure the well-being of customers and compliance with industry regulations.
  • Stay Current: Stay up-to-date with the latest coffee trends, techniques, and innovations to remain competitive and relevant in the ever-evolving coffee industry.

Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • 2 – 5 years of relevant work experience

Certifying Examination:

  • To be certified as CB, student should take up a 1.5 hours online exam conducted by AIHHM.
  • The qualifying exam would consist of 50 multiple choice questions, testing core certification modules.
  • Professionals with relevant experience and other qualifying criteria may be exempted from the examination.

Certification Modules:

Module 1: Coffee Brewing Techniques
Module 2: Espresso Preparation and Latte Art
Module 3: Customer Service Excellence
Module 4: Equipment Operation and Maintenance
Module 5: Coffee Origins and Flavor Profiles
Module 6: Hygiene and Safety in Coffee Service
Module 7: Coffee Industry Trends and Innovations

Please note that the modules of the certification are subject to periodic updates and changes.

Who Should Do This Certification:

The Certified Barista (CB) certification is ideal for individuals who aspire to or currently hold barista positions within the coffee industry, including:

  • Aspiring Baristas: Individuals looking to start a career in the coffee industry and want to build a strong foundation in coffee preparation.
  • Experienced Baristas: Seasoned baristas who wish to enhance their skills, knowledge, and career prospects by earning a recognized certification.
  • Coffee Shop Owners: Entrepreneurs and business owners in the coffee industry who want to ensure their baristas meet the highest standards of coffee preparation and customer service.
  • Coffee Enthusiasts: Coffee lovers who want to deepen their understanding of coffee and its preparation, whether for personal enjoyment or to host coffee tastings and events.
  • Hospitality Professionals: Those working in hotels, restaurants, and cafes where coffee service is an integral part of the guest experience.
  • Culinary Students: Aspiring chefs and culinary students who want to add coffee expertise to their culinary repertoire.
  • Event Planners: Professionals involved in organizing events, conferences, and weddings where high-quality coffee service is desired.
  • Coffee Trainers: Individuals interested in becoming certified barista trainers, sharing their expertise with aspiring baristas.

Embark on the journey to become a Certified Barista to advance your career in the coffee industry, contribute to exceptional coffee experiences, and excel in this vibrant and flavorful field.