Tobacconist University
Code of Ethics & Standards

Code of Ethics & Standards

Tobacconist University offers four Certified Tobacconist designations, each with its own Code of Ethics & Standards:

Certified Consumer Tobacconist (CCT)
 This certification is designed for avid consumer enthusiasts who is not employed within the cigar or pipe industry.

Certified Retail Tobacconist (CRT)
 This certification is designed for people who are employed at a retail tobacco shop.

Certified Salesforce Tobacconist (CST)
 This certification is designed for people who are employed directly or indirectly as a sales representative for a particular brand or company within the cigar or pipe industry.

Certified Master Tobacconist (CMT)
 This certification is the highest level one can achieve as a Certified Tobacconist and is open to anyone who qualifies.


1. Accept The Code of Ethics & Standards and fill out Apprentice Application

2. You will receive an email when your Apprentice Listing is created: please check it for accuracy.

3. Study online in our Campus or with The Tobacconist Handbook and take the final exam at your convenience: via a CST or CMT with a Final Exam (free) or via (see Campus Store for details).

A 90% score is required to pass the final exam and become a TU Certified Tobacconist.* Once you pass the exam, you will be listed as a Certified Tobacconist on the TU website. CRTs will have the additional benefit of their listing rotating on the TU homepage, above the fold. As a Certified Tobacconist, you will have access to TU Certified Accoutrements (Lapel Pin, Diploma, and more!), and CRTs will have earned the right to sell R&D Cigars and other TU Certified Products.

* TU Certification is a privilege you earn, but it can be rescinded without notice for any violation of the Code of Ethics & Standards. TU reserves the right to change the terms and privileges associated with certification at any time and without notice.

Tobacconist Tip
Due to the unique handmade nature of cigars and their natural leaf composition, a fair tasting should include more than one cigar.  In fact, your knowledge and appreciation of a particular cigar will grow with each one you smoke.  Customers should be aware that tasting a cigar just once is probably not enough to make an educated decision.  Smoke a box!


Certfied Consumer Tobacconist (CCT)
Certified Retail Tobacconist (CRT)
Certified Salesforce Tobacconist (CST)
Certified Master Tobacconist (CMT)
Certified Cigar Sommelier Tobacconist (CCST)

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