First Crack’s personnel double as SCA-certified instructors, providing SCA accredited classes for those wanting to deepen their knowledge via the SCA’s educational framework. We’ve offered the most online courses, we’ve taught tons of future ASTs, and we conveniently can teach you in-person in any of our facilities or your own!

As with all First Crack courses, First Crack’s SCA courses have two components: theoretical principles and practical skills. Students receive comprehensive coursebooks (enhanced eBooks) with fully-cited text, lecture videos, study guides, practice tests, appendices and more. Download a free copy of our Intro to Coffee coursebook to get a feel!

Online courses can be taken at the student’s pace and thus aren’t on our schedule. Online students schedule their course dates and times directly with their teacher. Online students can schedule their testing date and location (when applicable) directly with their instructor. Prices listed on the schedule do not include SCA certification fees. Email us for more information.

Want to teach SCA courses? We’re happy to help! We have an AST mentoring course ($1,000 – travel expenses may apply) that includes a letter of recommendation, AST entrance exam test prep assistance, video instruction on creating course materials (course books, lesson plans, prep instructions, etc.), and a co-teaching opportunity. Contact us for details!
Want to license our SCA course materials? Let’s talk!


  • Make a course private for you or your group: $1,000.
  • Group discounts: 5% if your group is two people; 10% for three; 15% for four; 20% for five or more.
  • Intermediate- and Professional-level online/combination classes have a required in-person practical test.
  • Want to add to, subtract from, or customize a scheduled in-person course bundle? Email us.
  • Want extra practice? First Crack offers long-form versions of courses. Add an extra day for $1000.

Terms and Policies:

  • Bundles and discounts cannot be applied retroactively.
  • Bundles and discounts cannot be mixed or combined.
  • Payment due in full one week prior to the start of in-person classes (so that students can receive course books ahead of class). Payment for bundles due in full prior to the start of the first course.
  • Payment for full-track bundles is as follows: at-purchase, 100% due for the courses through Intermediate, 50% non-refundable deposit for Pro-level courses; remainder due one week prior to Pro-level courses.
  • Rescheduling fee: 10% the price of the course(s). Courses may only be rescheduled once. Reschedule requests received within a week of class are at the discretion of First Crack.
  • Sales are non-refundable and final, but can be applied to other courses in the event of a rescheduling.
  • Prices and policies subject to change.
  • The SCA sets certification fees. Pricing is subject to change.
  • Coursework must be completed within a year of purchase.