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The Certified Coffee Specialist (CCS) designation is the coffee service industry's Mark of Distinction awarded by NAMA. It provides those professionals who are actively involved in refreshment services the opportunity to take their skills and knowledge to the next level. Be recognized as an industry leader and prove your expertise.

Who should earn the CCS Certification?

  • Sales people
  • Sales managers
  • Owners
  • Route drivers with the potential to move into sales
  • Customer service people with advancement potential

In order to qualify to sit for the CCS examination, you must have completed the NAMA Coffee 101 program, which consists of two sessions: Coffee Fundamentals and Brewing Fundamentals.

Once the application is submitted, you will be contacted for further instructions.  You must be a NAMA member in good standing to sit for the CCS exam. The exam is administered and graded by an outside company not directly affiliated with NAMA. A $150 fee is required to take the online exam.

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact the Education Department at

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