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Tea Sommelier

Train to become a Tea Sommelier – a knowledgeable tea professional with a specialty in tea service. Learn tea procurement and storage, developing tea lists/menus, delivery of tea service, and training of staff. Tea Sommeliers prepare and suggest tea menus/lists to best complement food items while also working on the floor with customers. Ethical duties include working within the taste preference and budget parameters of customers. The course is approximately 150 hours in length. Each student will be required to complete each course before they are eligible to participate in a final exam, which is administered by the Tea Association of Canada.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January, April Varies Tea Sommelier Certificate from Tea Association Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, register now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [map & business hours]

Program Description

Program Description


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

These courses do not have additional admission requirements and are open to individuals who wish to take one or more courses.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

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Program Coordinator: Donna Hawrelko, VCC Sommelier, 604.871.7000, ext. 8694
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC Sommelier, 604.871.7000, ext. 8428

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2017 (201792)

(TSOM 1110) Intensive Tea Sommelier Certificate 0.0 credits    $2,915.50



Train to become a Tea Sommelier! In collaboration with the Tea Association of Canada, Vancouver Community College provides training for students to become a knowledgeable tea professional well versed in all aspects of tea as it relates to the consumer. Learn tea procurement and storage, developing tea lists/menus, delivery of tea service, and training of staff. Tea Sommeliers prepare and suggest tea menus/lists to best complement food items while also working on the floor with customers. Ethical duties include working within the taste preference and budget parameters of customers. After completing this intensive course students are prepared for the Tea Sommelier Certification Exam. This intensive program covers all materials covered in the part time courses. (approx. 120 hours)

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20501 DTN Rm. 210
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1630
05-Jun-2017
to 11-Jul-2017
Tamborini, Del
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Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2017 (201793)

(TSOM 1101) Tea Sommelier - Introduction 0.0 credits    $268.85



Discover the history and origin of tea. Differentiate types of tea as well as tea grading standards. This introductory course is designed for the novice tea enthusiast seeking a career in the hospitality industry or to enhance their enjoyment of tea. Tuition fee includes Tea Association membership fee. Students are required to purchase a book and a cupping set at the DTN Bookstore before the first class. (12 hours)

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30289 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
13-Sep-2017
to 04-Oct-2017
Nasooti, Mahmood
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(TSOM 1103) Tea Sensory Development and Evaluation 0.0 credits    $383.30



Prerequisite: TSOM 1101. Discover how we taste, including what we rely on and what errors we should be aware of. Learn to identify and understand the science of taste by examining the tea taster’s vocabulary as well as tastings of various products such as chocolate, water, and more. Tuition fee includes Tea Association membership fee. (18 hours)

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30290 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
12-Sep-2017
to 17-Oct-2017
Tamborini, Del
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(TSOM 1105) From the Bush to the Cup 0.0 credits    $383.30



Prerequisite: TSOM 1101. Discover advanced cultivation and processing practices used in the production of tea. Gain an essential perspective of modern tea garden management practices currently used in world production including the importance of various processing decisions for the finished product. Tuition fee includes Tea Association membership fee. (18 hours)

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30292 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
11-Oct-2017
to 15-Nov-2017
Tamborini, Del
Register


From the Bush to the Cup (TSOM 1105)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $383.30
Intensive Tea Sommelier Certificate (TSOM 1110)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $2,915.50
Menu Design - Pairing and Cooking (TSOM 1108)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $373.49
Tea Preparation and Consumption (TSOM 1106)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $373.49
Tea Regions of the World (TSOM 1107)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $417.00
Tea Sensory Development and Evaluation (TSOM 1103)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $383.30
Tea Sommelier - Introduction (TSOM 1101)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $256.55
Tea Types (TSOM 1104)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $373.49
The Business of Tea (TSOM 1109)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $373.49


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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