get certified by the Coffee Quality Institute
Q Grader Course
Want to become a licensed Q grader? Take this highly intensive prep course followed by the challenging Q exam. Unless indicated differently, all Q courses and exams are presented and administered by Q Arabica Instructor Willem Boot.
The Q certification program consists of a 3-day course, followed by a 3-day examination marathon comprising of 19 tests which feature the following elements:
The Q grader certification is valid for 3 years, after which the Q grader is required to pass a calibration to extend their certification for another 3 years. The calibration consists of 3 cupping trials.
Completing the Q is a challenging but very rewarding experience! If you fail one or more tests, you do not need to retake the entire course but you can retake those tests only. Usually you can take up to 2 retakes per failed test during the examination course. Subsequently, there’s the opportunity to take retakes at later Q courses.
This intensive program consists of 3 days training and 3 days examination. Each day will commence at 8:30 AM and will finish around 5:00 PM.
The majority of the sixth day is reserved for taking retakes of tests as necessary.
What is a q grader?
When the CQI (Coffee Quality Institute) created the most renowned certification for coffee cuppers, Q Graders, it created a demanding professional certification that filled a vacuum in the market when it launched in 2003.
The Q grader certification program was launched in 2003 by The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI). Since the inception of this intensive training and examination program, thousands of coffee professionals around the world have become certified as Q grader.
Since its introduction, grading and cupping protocols around the world have become much more standardized.
The professional accreditation of Q graders has created a league of coffee cuppers around the world who apply uniform procedures to the evaluation of physical and sensory attributes of coffee samples.
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Take the SCA Sensory course the week before the intensive Q Grader course. Not only you improve your chances to pass the Q grader exam, but also you get certified by the SCA.
This package includes:
Get one year of access to the most comprehensive online course package in the coffee industry.
Price is valid only when purchased as an add-on to the campus course.
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Your safety is paramount to us.
To attend our courses, we will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID 19 PCR test result within 72 hours of the course date.
All courses will follow adjusted cupping protocols; masks and social distancing will be required.
In line with Marin County guidelines, we will adjust our policy as the situation changes.
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