Hospitality and Tourism Management Certified Coffee Professional, Certificate

Highline College
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Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
Des Moines

About this program

Hospitality and Tourism Management Certified Coffee Professional, Certificate

Coffee is more than a drink. It is an integral part of the world s most highly-traded global commodity: food. In fact, coffee is the world s most traded food. This is a complex industry with a long and storied history in Seattle. This certificate includes learnings in all five areas of coffee education that the Specialty Coffee Association deems necessary to become a coffee professional: barista skills, coffee roasting, management skills, cupping, and coffee buying. Furthermore, the program delves into the history, societal and cultural impacts, and economics of the global coffee industry. Learners completing this selection of coursework will be ready to own, manage, and/or work in the global professional coffee industry depending on their career pathway.

  • Learners will utilize the fundamental vocabulary and operating principles of the coffee industry.
  • Learners will conduct themselves in accordance to professional ethics and values of the coffee industry, including comprehending the juxtaposition of social, cultural, and economic impacts in the industry.
  • Learners will identify suitable employment opportunities by matching personal and professional interests and abilities with positions within the coffee industry.
  • Learners will be able to explain the supply chain process, roasting process, barista skills, and general supervisory skills necessary in the coffee industry.

Admission requirements

  • This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
  • Students must achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in each core course to attain a certificate or AAS.
  • Not all classes are offered every quarter, at night, online, or on the weekends.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Professional-Technical Core Courses

  • Barista Coffeehouse Operations
  • Sustainability and the Food Supply Chain
  • Global Excellence in Customer Service
  • Banquet and Conference Operations
  • Menu Design
  • Food and Beverage Operations (Front of House)
  • Coffee Roasting Fundamentals
  • Career Planning and Preparation
  • Planning and Preparation for Supervisors

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


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About this institute

Highline College

Highline College prides itself as being the 5th most diverse college in the entire USA. It is located in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, which is home to renowned national parks, a stunning coastline and peninsula, a rainforest, the North Cascade...

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Why study at Highline College

  • Award-winning college (ranked in the top 150 community colleges in the USA in 2021)
  • Individual advising to help you meet your goals
  • New on campus student housing
  • University Transfer Pathways with many four-year university partners
  • Over 120 programs, certificates and degrees and still growing
  • U.S. high school diploma awarded after completing a 2-year degree with no additional requirements.
  • Active student life with many activities, programming, communities and leadership opportunities
  • Beautiful location just next to Seattle and the Puget Sound waterway
  • Internship &, scholarships opportunities
  • Unique OPT, CPT and internship opportunities

Contact info

Highline College

2400 S 240th St
98198 Des Moines WA
United States of America

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