NAJTIA Bamboo Certification Course

NAJTIANAJTIA (North American Japanese Tea Instructors Association) is a non profit organization representing the Japanese Tea industry and the traditions around Japanese Tea in North America.

Before NAJTIA, you could only study the material from the Nihoncha Instructor Association in the Japanese language.

It’s a big step forward for Japanese tea culture worldwide.

There are currently two online courses available: a free Introduction Course, and the Bamboo Certification Course.

The Bamboo Certification Course

This online course is essentially the contents of the book Nihoncha no Subete ga Wakaru Hon (日本茶のすべてがわかる本), writtten by the Nihoncha Instructor Association.

This book hadn’t been translated to English until now. I actually have a copy of the Japanese version.

The course has nine chapters, and most of them talk about Japanese tea only.

Each chapter is further divided into different topics. While the content is fairly advanced, it’s not difficult nor boring to read.

As support, there are pictures and charts. I would have liked some video as an extra material, though.

When you finish a chapter, you can take an online quiz. You need to obtain a passing grade in order to complete the course.

At the end, you will receive the certification diploma. I think that I’m one of the first people to obtain this diploma 🙂

Note however, that this course is not the most advanced one. That is, it’s not the equivalent of being a Japanese tea instructor in Japan.

They are working on the next course. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

If you want to dive deeper into Japanese tea, this course is a good start. I plan to take the following course once it’s available.

You can contact NAJTIA at this email address:

Use the code ricardo417 and get $10 off the Bamboo certification course.

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7 Responses to NAJTIA Bamboo Certification Course

  1. Thanks for the information. I was looking into it a few months ago, but wondered how it compared to the actual course in Japanese. It’s good to hear a review from someone who has completed both. Thanks again!

  2. Mei says:

    Ooh I have the Japanese book. Is the English book available outside America? Also, is the course open to people outside America?

    • Hi Mei

      As far as I know, the physical book is only available in Japanese, and its translation is in the online course.

      Yes, people from outside America can take the course.

      Nice tea blog, by the way 🙂

  3. Valeria says:

    Thank you, Ricardo! I think I’m going to take the Bamboo course – and now looking through the free one…

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