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SCAA Announces Digital Opportunities to Complete Knowledge Tests for Certificate Programs.

LONG BEACH, Calif. U.S.A. (April 26, 2013) — As of June 1, 2013, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) will be conducting all knowledge tests for their Certificate programs in a secure online format. This exciting new digital system will allow for easier participant access to tests as well as faster turnaround times for reporting of results and awarding of credits and Certificates. The new online format will also allow participants all over the world, even those that cannot attend events, to take SCAA knowledge tests when it is convenient for them in the comfort of their own home or business. The tests will automatically be available in 39 languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, French, Russian, and Italian to better serve our growing international student base.

Participants will be required to have access to a computer that has internet and a working webcam. All tests will be monitored by a live remote professional proctor. A webcam is required to allow the proctor to monitor participants during testing. Skills tests requiring practical assessment on equipment will not be affected. Practical tests will be delivered on-site at future SCAA events and trainings.  Please see www.scaa.org/events for the most up-to-date offering of practical tests.

Ellie Matuszak, SCAA’s Director of Professional Development, commented, “SCAA professional development programs depend on member feedback and continuous innovation in order to provide the most relevant and impactful programs that help our members advance individual company goals, creating a more vibrant and healthy industry. This initiative represents the culmination of years of member feedback, research, and negotiation. SCAA is thrilled to take this very important step.”

About SCAA

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), is a non-profit trade organization and the world recognized leader in coffee knowledge development. With over 9,000 members located in more than 40 countries, including member companies and their employees, SCAA members represent every segment of the specialty coffee industry, including producers, roasters, importers/exporters, retailers, manufacturers, baristas and other industry professionals.  For over 30 years, the SCAA has been dedicated to creating a vibrant specialty coffee community, recognizing, developing and promoting specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research on coffee consumption, brewing and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for its members.  Visit www.scaa.org.

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