Tea Sommelier

Level 2


The Level 2 Tea Sommelier course provides greater detail than the Level 1 course and supports the next steps in career and business to the professional tea sommelier. This is a four-day course held in our London classroom and will help: professionals involved in sourcing tea from world origins; those who oversee the brewing and service of tea; anyone writing tea menus and press releases and needing a more in-depth understanding of teas.


Unfortunately we are as yet unable to re-open our classroom due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. But we have many online learning options, which you can browse here

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28 hours (8 modules of 3.5 hours each, in 4 full days of teaching). Each course includes a one-day break to help consolidate learning and fit around work schedules. See the booking form for further details.


The Tea Sommelier (Level 2) course includes; Academy delegate pack and pre-course information; cost of exam and certificate; four days of learning in UKTA’s London classroom with our qualified, expert tutors; tea cupping, multiple tea tastings and  sensory evaluation of different teas; lessons in creating and writing copy; and a guide to food and tea pairing.


The Tea Sommelier course takes the student on an in-depth journey of discovery in the world of tea.  Professionals working in the tea sector will further their knowledge and practical skills, positively impacting the tea business they work in and enhancing their value in this premium, fast-growing sector. This Level 2 certificate course is recognized by leading F&B groups as adding valuable practical skills and professional understanding to their staff’s knowledge of tea.

Are there any entry requirements?

Level Two is open to all UK Tea Academy Tea Champions:  trainees who have successfully passed the Level One course and been awarded the Tea Champion certificate.


* Overview of terroir and cultivation

* Sensory evaluation of tea & tea vocabulary

* Tasting and assessment of more than 70 teas from around the world

*  An insight into small-scale artisan production

* How teas are bought and sold

* The ‘how’ of tea trading

* Background to the major tea growing regions of the world

* An in-depth look at teas from major countries of origin as well as those from less well-known and newly emerging tea-growing regions.

* Different water delivery system and tea brewing machines

* Writing tea descriptions for tea menus, tea websites and packaging

* The principles of Tea and Food Pairing

* How to prepare a tasting event

* Cupping teas and cupping practise

* Tea Etiquette

EXAM AND Assessment criteria

The Tea Sommelier Exam will be taken in person and at a time to suit each trainee. The exam consists of a brewing teas, an oral test and a written test. It usually takes between 2 and 2.5 hours to complete.

The examination can only be undertaken after you have completed 28 hours of Sommelier classroom study with the UK Tea Academy.

Upon completion of the Tea Sommelier course and the achievement of satisfactory results in the exam, participants will be awarded the qualification of UK Tea Academy: TEA SOMMELIER.

If in the unlikely case that a trainee fails the exam, it may be taken again on an arranged date and upon the payment of a small fee.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming from abroad to take the course and wish to do your exam at the same time, please allow a few days extra for this when booking your return journey. 

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