This post is sponsored by Patrón Tequila

Register now for a free tequila course and certification with Patrón on September 21 and 22.

Fancy scrubbing up your tequila knowledge or new to the category? Patrón Tequila has teamed up with The Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) – the organisation that enforces the laws that govern the tequila industry – to bring to you their education program called the Award T Diploma certification. So far, Patrón Tequila has delivered this course over 65 times across more than 30 cities, educating over 4000 people.

When is it?
With most travel at a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Patrón Tequila are offering bar industry professionals the chance to gain the CRT Award T Diploma for free on the mornings of September 21 and 22, 2020.

The four hour course is split over two days, with two hours on each day. See bottom of the article for timings across Asia.

How to register
To register, visit and fill in your details. You will then receive an email with unique login credentials that will give you access to the CRT online learning platform, as well as the Academia Patrón online learning course which takes around 45 minutes to an hour, and must be completed prior to attending the CRT session. Registration will close at midnight on Friday, September 18. For any issues with registration, please contact Nick Cox from Patrón at

What will the course cover?
The course will be delivered by Shanghai-based Alba Avilés Fernández, who joined the CRT in 2014 as International Representative for Asia and Oceania to promote the culture of tequila across Asia.

After completing the course, attendees will then sit a multiple choice exam, which requires a pass to qualify for the CRT Award T certification which will be delivered by email.

The course will cover the below topics:

  1. The nature and characteristics of the protection of Tequila as an appellation of origin.
  2. The CRT’s role in certifying the authenticity of Tequila.
  3. The agave plant.
  4. History and evolution of Tequila.
  5. The manufacturing process of Tequila.
  6. Tasting guidelines.

Jay Khan, owner of agave bar COA in Hong Kong which ranks on both Asia and the World’s 50 Best Bars at two and 49 respectively, has completed the course and says: “Tequila is one of the most misunderstood spirits and the Award T certification teaches bar industry professionals the fundamentals of tequila from certification to production, making it informative for beginners or a great refresher for those who already have awareness. Though I have spent years educating myself on tequila, it was great to refresh my knowledge and even learn some new things along the way.”

Timings across Asia
The course will be conducted online on Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22, and times vary according to time zones listed below:

10am-12pm: HK/China/Malaysia/Singapore/Philippines/Taiwan

9-11am: Thailand/Vietnam/Indonesia/Cambodia

11am-1pm: Japan/Korea

7.30-9.30am: India

8.30-10.30am: Myanmar