International 9453-07 Level 2 VRQ Qualification

City & Guild Approved Centre

A Foundation training Program that rewards you with a Nationally recognised qualification

What is a VRQ?

For the first time Barista skills can be developed and rewarded by an internationally recognised qualification – the City & Guilds Barista Level 2 VRQ (Vocational Related Qualification).  A VRQ is a ‘Foundation’ qualification – comparable to a GCSE – but is usually workplace related. The qualification involves both classroom-based learning as well as the craft skills required for a Professional Barista.  A ‘Level 2’ qualification indicates an introductory level knowledge and more advanced skills may be covered in the future by a ‘Level 3’ qualification.

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Who can take the qualification?

Anyone can take this qualification – there are no minimum standards required. It is an advantage if you have some experience of making espresso-based drinks. If you have no experience, please let your trainer know and they will ensure where possible that you have extra time on the equipment to help you reach the required standard.

What does the qualification cover?

The qualification centres on coffee and in particular espresso, however it also incorporates filter coffee, tea, chocolate, juices and smoothies.  Four areas of learning are explored:

  • The background to the raw materials
  • How to produce the range of drinks
  • How to operate, care for and maintain the machinery
  • Customer Service

The information is passed on through a minimum of 20 hours classroom time as well as practice in the workplace, before practical and written assessments take place.  The training course usually lasts for three days.

The Beverage Standards Association developed this course as part of their objective to improve Standards in the Industry and to get formal recognition for those who wish to improve their skills and in turn give their customers a better experience.  The BSA are delighted to inform you that currently eleven of their members are trained, equipped and approved to provide the training and assessment for this qualification. They are BSA approved City & Guilds Training Centre Satellites for the VRQ level 2.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the three days including tuition, use of equipment, product cost, assessment and certification is approximately £595.00 + VAT. Some candidates such as those starting up a business or currently unemployed may get financial assistance with this cost.

Where can I take the qualification?

Our ‘Approved’ Centres are spread throughout the UK and in Dublin too. You can see the full Centre list here with dates for forthcoming City & Guilds VRQ courses. If you are interested in finding out more information or wish to book, then please contact your nearest Training Centre.