Calibration and retake update

The Coffee Quality Institute’s mission continues to move forward during these global pandemic challenges, and the education department has made some allowances to ensure that the CQI community doesn't experience undue concern over retakes or calibration.

A reminder as to the Q Program Policy for calibrations and retakes:

Calibration – Q Graders have 6 months before and after their certificate expiry date to calibrate.

Retakes – Students have 18 months and 2 opportunities from the date of your original Q course to present retakes.

Anyone concerned over the status of their certificate should log into the CQI database, where they can check certificate expiration dates or the date of the original Q Combo course (for retakes).  Any issues can be forwarded to

Those with calibration or retake tests that were due in 2021 should note that many courses are now being scheduled and should enroll in a course if possible. Classes are being added on a daily basis.

Although we have seen many improvements since the start of COVID19, we understand that many of you are still affected and that finding a course and traveling may still be a challenge. CQI’s education team is providing a final extension date of June 30th, 2022, to present calibration or retake exams. This means individuals who were unable to present their exams in 2020 and 2021 should enroll in a course and complete their exam as soon as possible. No further action is needed to update your extension. If you have already enrolled in a course, do plan to attend that course.