CQI Lecturers

Lecturers extend the CQI family and play a critical new role in helping to expand our global reach to coffee communities.

They support CQI Education by creating a new opportunity in our community by leveraging local subject matter experts to spread trusted CQI knowledge.

CQI classes are built to supplement and support our rigorous and widely known certificate courses. Classes build knowledge at a novice and practitioner level. They do not typically include testing, and students will be given a participation award upon completion.

 Who is a CQI Lecturer?

CQI Lecturers are subject matter experts in either Quality Evaluation or Post-Harvest Processing who have experience teaching and are trained by CQI. They are already working in their communities to help improve coffee quality and the livelihood of coffee producers.

What does a Lecturer do?

Lecturers do more than just lecture! A CQI Lecturer teaches CQI classes. Some classes will be online, others in the classroom, lab, or field. It all depends on the class and the students.

Why “Lecture” for CQI?

CQI education is high quality, scientifically founded, and recognized by the coffee community as valuable and practical training. Becoming a Lecturer is a way for you to utilize your existing skills to engage with CQI and have access to our new selection of classes. CQI Lecturers will be critical to the growth of CQI education programs and serve our mission to improve the quality of coffee worldwide.

As a Lecturer, you will have the flexibility to deliver classes according to your schedule in a variety of locations and delivery methods. You will be responsible for using the CQI database to list classes, make sure students are registered, and paying student & educator royalty fees associated with specific classes. You are able to set your own structure and business model for holding classes. CQI will provide Lecturers support with everything you need to train & teach CQI classes.

What classes will Lecturers teach?

CQI Lecturers will be eligible to teach novice and practitioner level (100-200) CQI classes.

Classes planned to launch in 2021 include (by program):

Post-Harvest Processing

  • Introduction to Post-harvest Processing
  • Good Processing Practices
  • Good Practices in the Field
  • Survey of Supply Chains
  • Wet Mill Finance
  • Introduction to Fermentation
  • Introduction to Fermentation in the Field

Quality Evaluation

  • Introduction to CQI Cupping
  • Discovering Aroma
  • Discovering Taste
  • Introduction to Fine and Specialty Coffee


What is the first step to becoming a Lecturer?

If you feel the CQI Lecturer system could be a good fit for you and your career, you should start by filling out the application. If you are accepted, you will be required to complete a live, online training before being approved to teach classes. This training is currently expected to take place in October of 2021. You will also have to review training materials for each class in your subject area that you would like to teach before you plan and list a class.

With your Lecturer application, CQI is looking for candidates to demonstrate:

1) Their teaching experience

2) Their subject matter expertise in either Quality Evaluation or Post-Harvest processing


Those accepted into the Lecturer system must attend a mandatory online training in October of 2021.

  • The Lecturer Development Course is online and will cost $250 in 2021.

The Lecturer License with CQI will cover a two-year period, at the end of which Lecturers must attend a CQI-organized Lecturer renewal training, for a fee, in order to keep their license and therefore continue to teach CQI classes.

Each time a Lecturer holds a CQI class, they must pay class-specific royalties per student and educator. These fees will be invoiced through the CQI database and will be due within 5 business days of the class completion.


  1. Submit application
  2. Submit one letter of recommendation regarding teaching experience
  3. CQI reviews application and notifies applicant of acceptance status

If application is rejected, applicant may apply yearly, pending additions to resume and experience.

  1. Accepted applicants will be notified and placed in a queue for the next Lecture Development course.
  2. Lecturer candidate takes and passes Lecturer development course.
  3. Following the successful completion of the course, the candidate enters into the CQI Lecturer Agreement.
  4. Lecturers review class training materials
  5. CQI verifies training and authorizes Lecturer to teach that specific class.
  6. Lecturers may list, publish, and teach CQI eligible classes!