About the City & Guilds Barista Training Courses

A company can become a training centre only if they fulfil a number of criteria assessed by a City & Guild Verifier. An external Verifier visited us to make sure that we have the means to do deliver courses, from the equipment required and the teaching skills, through to the administration requirements and quality assurance - there are financial implications too.

About The Beverage Standards Association (BSA)


The Beverage Standards Association and City & Guilds have worked together to make this Qualification available to all those in or hoping to join the beverage and hospitality industry. The BSA is the Trade Association for the beverage industry and represents equipment suppliers, product suppliers, distributors and associated businesses covering the full range of non alcoholic drinks.

Objectives of the BSA

The BSA is dedicated to fostering the growth of the UK out-of-home beverage market and to raise the quality of beverages produced and the standard of service provided.

City & Guilds is the most respected and widely known qualification awarding body in the UK for vocational skills and as such has very strict criteria for those who offer and assess the course.

  • A VRQ is similar to a GCSE but is directly workplace related
  • The qualification involves both classroom-based learning as well as the craft skills required for a Professional Barista
  • Anyone can take this qualification – there are no minimum standards required but it is an advantage if you have some experience of making espresso based drinks
  • The course is a minimum of 20 hours classroom time plus practice in the workplace, before a practical and written assessment

What People
Say About Us

Coffee in an environment
where you learn
from some amazing passionate people!

What People
Say About Us

Since the barista training
all the staff including myself
are more confident in making coffee
and the feedback has all been positive from our customers.

Grastar Restaurant, Havant

What People
Say About Us

Lovely to have the training in a
working coffee environment
with amazing trainers.

Staff from Waitrose

What People
Say About Us

I would like to pass on
positive feedback for Garry
who did our Barista training
with myself and the rest of the staff at Grastar.

Grastar Restaurant, Havant

What People
Say About Us

A big thank you to Garry
for providing such informative training...
the team were discussing coffee
most of the drive back!

Lanes Hotel

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