As an update to a previous post, the AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) is about to announce plans for formal barista accreditation and licensing. According to today’s The Australian, AASCA barista licensing in Australia is set to launch next month at the 2006 AASCA conference: Certified baristas, crema of the crop | The Nation | The Australian.

Licensing is often a mixed bag for many skill-based professions. Although it provides some standards for café owners who might not otherwise be able to verify a candidate barista’s credentials, accreditation programs are frequently subject to skewed, if not sometimes outdated, standards.