“Reverend” Mike Lohsl has successfully completed all the requirements for the designation Certified Retail Tobacconist (CRT) through Tobacconist University (TU). CRT’s are the world’s most prestigious and credentialed professional tobacconists.
Tobacconist University is the first and only organization that educates and certifies professional tobacconists. TU is the exclusive educational curriculum for the Premium Cigar Association (PCA), the industry’s oldest and most prestigious trade organization, and has been certifying consumers and professionals since 1996.
TU’s Vision is; “To build and project the credibility of the luxury tobacco industry in order to gain cultural acceptance around the world – preserving luxury tobacco for generations to come.”
The Tobacconist University (TU) Academic Curriculum is the most extensive educational tool available to consumers of luxury tobacco and professional tobacconists. The CRT Program consists of study in four areas of concentration — Tobacco, Accoutrements, Taste and Service.
To become a CRT, a tobacconist must successfully complete an extensive academic curriculum and adhere to a strict Code Of Ethics;
- Obey and enforce all local, state and federal laws regarding tobacco age/use restrictions.
- Successful completion of the academic curriculum
- Commitment to perpetual product education
- Customer commitment
- Merchandise all luxury tobacco products
- Duty to package and protect all products for customers
- Commitment to be a passionate and educated ambassador
In this day and age, with our ability to buy goods and services from just about every corner of the world with a mouse click, it’s important for consumers to know that their choice to spend their money with a local brick & mortar business is a great choice. Here at Chesapeake Pipe & Cigar, we have three pillars on which we’ve built our family owned and operated business;
This professional certification is an important part in our effort to deliver excellence in these important pillars of our business and differentiates us from other tobacconists, both locally and worldwide.