What is World Tea Academy?
Introducing the Future of Global Tea Education
World Tea Academy is Your Solution to Professional Tea Education
World Tea Academy focuses your financial investment in education – not travel. We are here to help you meet your specific Career Goals through 22 classes and unrivaled advanced certifications. Our classes and certification programs were developed by an unprecedented group of tea industry experts and luminaries. WTA is led by well-respected and accomplished tea educator Lisa Boalt Richardson with the support and oversight of our Strategic Technical Advisors. Like a college experience, students will need to complete 7 classes in their desired designation to earn their certification.
Our Core Curriculum to earn a WTA Certified Tea Specialist title consists of: Six CORE classes and One ADV class
Our Advanced Curriculum is divided into FIVE separate higher-level designations all with a required seven classes per certification:
WTA Certified Tea Professional
WTA Certified Tea Sommelier
WTA Certified Tea Health Expert
WTA Certified Tea Blender
WTA Certified Tea Aroma Expert (Our newest track)
All of our classes are delivered online to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Our proven platform creates a classroom-like environment for dynamic student-to-student interaction from all over the world. Since launching in 2013, World Tea Academy has over 1,000 students enrolled and has spanned over 60 countries, 6 of the 7 continents, and 47 of the 50 United States plus the District of Columbia.
Students register online in the month prior to the course being held. Class kits will need to be ordered before no later than one week before your class starts from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. Please check each class for specifics on ordering a class kit and other materials that may be needed. Then on the first Monday of each month, students can log in online to start learning.
• Individual assignments
• Group assignments
• Sensory evaluations
• Key vocabulary definitions
• Additional learning materials
• A test (for most classes)
What are Students Saying About World Tea Academy?
“Enjoyed the professional classes...information was thorough and the assignments helped solidify all of the lessons. You have inspired me to continue to learn about tea.” – Alex A.
“…informative and educational. I’ve learned a lot and it has helped me on the pursuit of running a tea business. I’ll continue checking out more courses for sure.” – Phoebe L.
"I have completed all the available classes at WTA and I just wanted to thank you for all your help and tell you how much I have enjoyed the courses. I have a lot of new knowledge to share with others. I appreciate all the work to develop such extraordinary learning opportunities. I loved the videos, the hands on assignments and the thoughtful feedback. Thank you for sharing your expertise." – Judy S