What is a Master in general terms
A person who possesses exceptional skills, a superior degree of talent and dedication, deep knowledge and recognized expertise in his field, and is likely to teach and to be taken as a model.
ITEI Tea Mastery scholars must complete the nine mandatory base modules and choose one tea mastery major from the list below:
9 BASE MANDATORY MODULES 63 hours (9 Modules x 7 hours studies)
- Tea Agriculture and Manufacture
- Mastery Level Tea cupping/ Tasting
- China Teas & “ Terroirs” Masterclass
- Taiwan Teas & “ Terroirs” Masterclass
- Japan Teas & “ Terroirs” Masterclass
- India Teas & “ Terroirs” Masterclass
- Sri Lanka Teas & “ Terroirs” Masterclass
- China and Japan Tea Rituals & Etiquette
- The culture of Tea in China - Tea Beyond Tea
TEA MAJOR (Choose 1) 50 hours
The Major is chosen after the compulsory modules completion. A student may also propose a different topic.
- Vietnam/ Korea Teas & “ Terroirs” Masterclass
- Kenya Teas & “Terroirs” Masterclass
- Tea, Health & Science
- Tea trade challenges
- Chinese Traditional Medicine & Tea
- Russian Tea Culture
- Tea History: China, Taiwan, India
-Thailand Teas & “Terroirs" Masterclass
- English Afternoon Tea and Etiquette
During the International Tea Education Institute ITEI Certified Tea Master training, students will learn at an advanced level, how tea is steeped in history, the different ways of tea manufacturing/ processing to create different tea types, the diverse variations of colour and flavour between different teas and their health benefits. Students will also learn about the various tea regions and « terroirs,» the fascinating culture of tea in various countries, the art of tea, various tea ceremonies.
During the training, students will be taught the essentials of advanced sensory tea evaluation, to professional taste (or 'cup') world teas and understand the various tasting characteristics of each tea's liquor. Students will also learn the tea tasting lexicon/ vocabulary in the professional industry and be able to speak confidently about tea and « terroirs,» as well as serve it with the acquired knowledge, expertise passion, and integrity.
An ITEI Certified Tea Master has a deep understanding and respect for tea, the evergreen plant camellia sinensis and the drink’s social and cultural significance. This deep understanding and respect for tea will develop from studying, close attention to each tea-cup taste and quality assessment. Students will understand that their commitment to tea and its spiritual and social significance is a life-long adventure.
Following the completion of this rich content and expertise course, students will be able to actively enter the tea industry, to pursue a professional tea career in the tea world, using their acquired knowledge and confidence. Some of the possibilities include opening a tea shop or a tea café, a tea house, becoming an ITEI tea consultant, an ITEI Tea sommelier expert, working for a tea company, being involved with tea as a hobby, as a tea Connoisseur, developing tea menus for various establishments.
The training requires minimum 2 hours a week with the teachers for Online tutored classes via Skype or Webinars. Students will also have home studies, reading, research and some essays.
At the completion of this training, students will have their Final practical skills and blind tasting Exam in persona at a predetermined ITEI Accredited Education Centre next to you.
Duration of the exam: 3 Hours
Students must obtain passing grades in all exams to complete the Certification. Successful graduates will be honored with ITEI Certified Tea Master™ qualification and a certificate of completion that includes the graduate's Major.