Learn to be a barista!

Nationally Recognised Training

The Barista @ BROWNS course has been developed to better meet the needs of students who want to increase their chances of employment and improve their intercultural competence and English Language skills.

This course is ideal for international students on Student and Working Holiday visas who intend to improve their language and workplace skills to a point where they can function effectively as baristas and thus sustain themselves during their temporary visit to Australia or while studying full-time.

Visitor visa holders are welcome to join this course, however they are not eligible to work in Australia.

Duration: 5 weeks

Course Start dates (Brisbane & Gold Coast):

28th May 2018
Course Finishes 29th June 2018
11th March 2019
Course Finishes 12th April 2019
9th July 2018
Course Finishes 10th August 2018
29th April 2019
Course Finishes 31st May 2019
27th August 2018
Course Finishes 28th September 2018
17th June 2019
Course Finishes 19th July 2019
15th October 2018
Course Finishes 16th November 2018
29th July 2019
Course Finishes 30th August 2019
19th November 2018
Course Finishes 21 December 2018
16th September 2019
Course Finishes 18th October 2019
21st January 2019
Course Finishes 22nd February 2019
4th November 2019
Course Finishes 6th December 2019

Campus: This course is available at our Brisbane (Level 1 & 4 Adelaide Street) and Gold Coast (Marshall Lane) campus

Mode of Study: On-campus

Course Description:

  • 30 hours per week: 20 hours of hospitality-specific English including 3 hours of focused research and group work, and 10 hours of practical training in:
    • SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practice for food safety
    • SITHFAB005 – Prepare and serve espresso coffee
    • SITHFAB002 – Provide responsible service of alcohol
  • Specialist BaristaBoost Training in cold pour coffee, tray service and tea preparation.
  • Receive a Statement of Attainment for the above three competencies from the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality training package which are nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
  • BROWNS Barista uniform provided
  • Develop skills to become more employable in the Australian hospitality industry
  • Develop hospitality-specific English language vocabulary
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol included

Entry requirements:


CRICOS Code:080399J

RTO Code:31998


Sample Timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
(5 hours + 1 hour Accelerate) (5 hours + 1 hour Accelerate) (5 hours + 1 hour Accelerate) Practical
Vocational (5 hrs per day)
Speaking (1 hr per day)
Machine parts and familiarisation;
Setting up the machine;
Correct dosing and extraction;
Texturing milk;
Coffee styles;
Order taking;
Tray service to customers;
Clean up and close down.
8.20 – 10.20 Review Session
Week 1 vocabulary review

Session 1
Functional Language

Determining customers’ preferences and offering suitable beverages
Session 4 – Listening
Understanding connected speech 1 – Dean Merlo

Session 5 – Listening
Understanding connected speech 2 – Di Bella
Preparation for Excursion to Roaster:
Asking appropriate Questions

Session 7 – Excursion
Visit to Merlo roaster, Bowen Hills
10.20 – 10.40 Break
10.40 – 12.40 Session 2
Reading & Speaking

Di Bella & Merlo
“A film about Coffee”
Excursion debrief

Session 8
Reading & Speaking

‘Juan Valdez cafes poised to expand’
12:40 1.40 Lunch
1.40 – 2.40 Session 3

Session 6
Market Research Project

Coffee culture
Review Sessions:

Hygiene 5 + Espresso machine features
3.30 – 4.30
Research and Communication
English Tasks
Excursion task
Students to research milk and coffee at local supermarkets
Preparation for Excursion to Roaster:
Asking appropriate Questions
Review Vocabulary Week 1 and Week 2


Barista Testimonial
Mijin, Korea

“Hi, I am Mijin from Korea. I had a great experience and made many valuable friends in the Barista@BROWNS program.

I learnt about Australian coffee culture, hospitality, hygiene and improved my English. Everything I learnt at BROWNS was very helpful when I was looking for work.

I also promise my teachers are so great. Thanks to them, I could improve my English and get the coffee knowledge and skills. They always said ‘Don’t give up!’.

Now, I am working at a café in Brisbane, so I am super happy because my dream came true.”

Barista Testimonial
Natsu, Japan

"Hi, I'm Natsu from Japan. I came to Australia to become a barista and learn about Australian culture and the coffee industry. Lucky I got a job right after graduating from Barista@BROWNS. I had some experience at a cafe in Japan but soon I realised that it's totally different from Australia to Japan.

BROWNS focuses on hospitality English. For me, taking orders is the hardest part working at the cafe. There are so many options in Australia (milk, beans strength...) Our teacher told us how to take the order and write in short hand. This helped a lot. In the Barista@BROWNS program, my favourite activity is the Live Customer Service days. I learned to organise coffee sections and also good teamwork. The best thing is the wonderful teachers and friends that I met. They are great and I will treasure them forever.

So now I am happy to work at a local cafe. I saw a lot of trials, then I think don't worry about previous work experience. More importantly you need the skills for the job, and personality and passion about coffee. Skills and knowledge you can learn at BROWNS. Just bring your passion."

Barista Testimonial
Victor, France



Barista Testimonial
Ken, Macau

"I get paid per week about AUD$400.
The BROWNS Barista course was fantastic. I learnt the history about coffee, I learnt the art of making cofee.

I worked as a team with my class mates. Also, we had a visit to a coffee factory which was very beautiful to me.

The BROWNS Barista course helped me to improve my English for working in hospitality. Now, I feel I have the confidence to communicate with the customers easily. That really helped me a lot.

It's a great experience for me."

Barista Testimonial
Carolina Agudelo, Colombia

"Hi, I'm Carolina from Colombia.

I would like to share my great experience in Barista@BROWNS.

It was absolutely fantastic and I really enjoyed learning all about coffee and food safety. BROWNS teachers are fun and very knowledgeable.

I got a lot of enjoyments out of this course and it was an amazing experience."

Barista Testimonial

Yu-Ta Lin, Taiwan

"I have always had an interest in coffee and wanted to get a job in Australia as a Barista.
Barista @ BROWNS helped me get the knowledge and skills to be able to this.

I now work for Ocean on Omeros on the Gold Coast as a Barista/Bartender and I am so happy.

I appreciate that the Barista@BROWNS taught me the coffee skills I needed to help me get the job.
The professional vocabulary I learnt in English makes it faster to understand and learn while at work."


On successful completion of the course you will receive:
  • A 'Barista@BROWNS' Certificate of Achievement showing your language abilities specific to work as a barista
  • SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practice for food safety
  • SITHFAB005 – Prepare and serve espresso coffee
  • SITHFAB002 – Provide responsible service of alcohol
These skills will help make you more competitive when you are looking for a job. The statement shows an employer that you have some knowledge and experience of making coffee, and the ability to interact effectively with colleagues and customers.
Yes. The course is challenging and engaging so you will learn a lot of vocabulary and do lots of speaking and listening practice. However, you should have at least some interest in coffee!

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