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Certified Coffee Professional   

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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.


Certificate Requirements

  1. All of these courses are required:

***Summer 2021: Students must enroll in both HOST 128 & HOST 131 and register for the classes at the same time. If you try to register for only one class, the registration system will not allow it. Both classes are online, asynchronous, from August 2nd to September 10th. They are hybrid classes, with in-person days on August 31st and September 2nd, 7th, and 9th from 10:00a-12:00P.

  • HOST 128 – Barista & Coffeehouse Operations (3 cr)
  • HOST 131 – Sustainability and the Food Supply Chain (3 cr)
  • HOST 166 – Global Excellence (1 cr)


  1. Complete two of these five courses:

  • HOST 104 – The Art of Negotiation (5 cr)
  • HOST 106 – Banquets and Conference (3 cr)
  • HOST 129 – Menu Design (3 cr)
  • HOST 130 – F&B Operations (4 cr)
  • HOST 132 – Coffee Roasting Fundamentals (4 cr)


  1. Complete one of these two courses:

  • HOST 139 – Career Planning and Preparation (2 cr)
  • HOST 145 – Planning and Preparation for Supervisors (3 cr)


Total Course Credits: 19-25 credits


Funding Eligibility (optional):

The WES department at Highline College can provide tuition assistance and support services for some CE short-term certificates and professional/technical AAS programs if a student meets funding and program eligibility criteria. Please visit Start Next Quarter to see if you pre-qualify for an invitation to attend Highline’s free education planning workshop through the WES department. If invited, it will be determined at the workshop whether you are eligible for funding. For general information, please visit WES online or call 206-592-3802. 

Many companies offer generous reimbursement and some even pay upfront for your tuition. Please contact your HR department for more information about your company’s unique reimbursement plan.


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When can I start?

Students can begin the program any quarter.


How do I register? 

Step 1 

Step 2  

  • Once you have completed the Application for Admission and received your ctcLink ID number, please activate your myHighline account.  

Step 3



Learning Outcomes

  • Learners will utilize the fundamental vocabulary and operating principles of the coffee industry.
  • Learners will conduct themselves in accordance with the 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.