World Coffee Events (WCE) will host a WCE Judge Certification in São Paulo, Brazil, from 2 to 3 November.
Participants will demonstrate their skill and knowledge during a two-day test. WCE Committee Leadership will guide participants through a series of performance-based and written tests that measure a judge’s ability to perform successfully in a WCE competition.
Qualified participants who pass all written and practical tests in any world championship assessment will be authorised to judge in that world championship. This includes the World Barista Championship, World Latte Art Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, World Roasters Championship, and the Cezve/Ibrik Championship.
A participant may certify for any or all of these championships over the course of the certification. Participants may only certify for technical or sensory judging, and cannot test for both at a single Judge Certification.
Once achieved, WCE Judge Certification is valid for three years. For certifications starting in 2015 and later, a certified judge may renew their certification for an additional three years by passing calibration and judging in a world championship event in the final year of their original certification. A judge may only renew their certification one time without re-testing.
To attend a WCE Judge Certification, participants must meet one of the following prerequisites:
- Possess judging experience in one world championship: World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Brewers Cup, World Barista Championship.
- Two years of judging experience at a national-level competition for Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits, Brewers Cup, or Barista Championships,
- One year of judging experience at a national-level WCE sanctioned competition and one fully completed World Competitions Education Program for the specific competition.
Judging experience must be within the last 5 years to maintain eligibility. Participants must agree to abide by the WCE Judges Code of Conductand pay all test fees.
Another WCE Judge Certification will be held Athens, Greece from 24 to 25 November.
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