Event Details

SCAA Lab Inspector Credential Training & Testing | Santa Fe Springs, CA | February 24, 2014

Feb 24, 2014 08:30am - Feb 24, 2014 04:30pm
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Tijuana

Event Type: Education: North America
Category: Education & Training: North Am


Apffels Fine Coffee

Apffels Fine Coffee Lab
12115 Pacific Street
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-2989

February 24, 2014
8:30am - 4:30-pm

The growing reputation of the SCAA Certified Teaching Lab program creates a need for a high quality network of lab inspectors who will expand the scope and distribution of the program. The SCAA has responded to this need by developing a new credential for those qualified individuals who can demonstrate mastery of the certified lab inspection requirements and rationale behind them. This new program consists of a day-long training and testing by experts in the field, at which candidate lab inspectors must demonstrate skill competencies and follow up their training with job-shadow field training.

The purpose of the SCAA Laboratory Inspector Credential is to build a network of qualified individuals worldwide who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and affective competencies necessary to inspect candidate SCAA Certified Teaching Laboratories. These individuals will be trained, empowered representatives of the SCAA and its mission to recognize, develop, and promote specialty coffee.

Coffee and breakfast snacks, drinking water, and lunch will be provided.

* Please note that attending this class does not automatically ensure that you will become a lab inspector; additional requirements include passing a series of tests and completing a shadow inspection prior to being certified.

Information About This Credential including the full program handbook, is located here.

Eligibility Requirements:
Minimum Requirements for participating in the SCAA Lab Inspector Credential Training & Testing:
1. At least five years in the coffee industry
2. Q grader and/or Coffee Tasters Certificate complete through Module 2
3. Not affiliated with a currently or previously certified SCAA Teaching Laboratory

The Training & Testing:
Training & testing will be administered by Emma Bladyka, SCAA Coffee Science Manager, and Skip Finley, SCAA board member and experienced lab inspector. The day will be broken into two parts, the first for training, which will be administered in the form of a class. This class will go over the program, its scope, competencies, practical applications, and questions. The second half of the day will consist of the testing, where each student takes the written and practical exams.

Emma Bladyka, SCAA Coffee Science Manager, and Skip Finley, SCAA board member and experienced lab inspector.

Event price includes: the class, written test, and practical test

Early Bird Pricing- ENDS January 25, 2014:
--RG/BGA/SCAA Members: $265
--Nonmember: $350
Regular Registration Pricing- BEGINS January 26, 2014 and ENDS February 20, 2014:
--RG/BGA/SCAA Members: $315
--Nonmember: $400


Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Address: 1311 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650
Rate: $109 Single/Double
Reservations: Online - CLICK HERE
Distance to event venue: Approximately 3 miles
Transportation provided: NO
Cancellation Policy: Once reservations are made, no refunds will be given under any circumstances (hotel Policy)

CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration is non-refundable. The SCAA has the right to change and/or cancel the event at any time.

For questions about the event or to inquire whether you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact Emma Bladyka at SCAA

Interested to join RG, BGA or SCAA? Contact our membership team at or 562-624-4100 to sign up. RG and BGA memberships are for individuals only. SCAA memberships start at $195 and there are several options available per business type. SCAA Memberships are for companies. Our membership team is available to help you pick the best membership option! Contact us before you proceed to register to ensure savings.

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If you need help with your login or need help registering online, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 562-624-4100.

Early registration ends on Jan 25, 2014.
Regular registration starts on Jan 26, 2014 and ends on Feb 19, 2014.
Late registration starts on Feb 20, 2014.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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