Court of Master Sommeliers/English Course

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Court of Master Sommeliers/English Course


The Introductory Sommelier Certificate is the first level at which all prospective Master Sommeliers should begin. The course is run over two days with the examinations held on the morning of the third day.

The lectures are presented by Master Sommeliers using a power-point format interspersed with wine tastings, plus a practical service demonstration. The examination comprises a multiple-choice theoretical paper plus a short elementary practical service test.

The pass mark for each part of this examination is 60%. The fee for the Introductory Sommelier Certificate course includes a copy of the course book – Sales and Service for the Wine Professional 3rd edition, by Brian K Julyan (published by Cengage Learning).

Candidates successfully passing the examination will receive Certification and a lapel pin.

The Certified Sommelier qualification is the primary certification for wine and beverage professionals in the Hospitality Industry and is intended to provide a meaningful qualification for the working Sommelier. The examination will recognize beverage professionals whose knowledge, skills and demeanor are worthy of the title – Certified Sommelier.

The pre-requisite for this examination is the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier Certificate. Candidates who wish to take the Certified Sommelier Certificate must do so within two years of passing the Introductory Certificate.

The Certified Sommelier Qualification is the pre-requisite for entry to the Advanced Sommelier Certificate course.

The Certified Sommelier Examination comprises three parts:

  1. Short written theory paper of 40 multiple choice and short answer questions.

  2. Tasting test consisting of two wines tasted blind, and answered on a Tasting Grid. (Click on this link to download the Tasting grid and Instructions.)

  3. Practical service test.

The pass mark is 60% in each section. All three sections must be passed together.

The theory paper is at a higher level than the Introductory Sommelier Certificate exam.