The Certified Sommelier qualification is the basic certificate for professionals in the wine and spirits field for those working in the Hospitality industry. The aim of the programme is to offer the working Sommelier a recognised qualification The examinations will distinguish those professionals whose knowledge, skills and attitude make them worthy of the title of Certified Sommelier.
The prerequisite for the exam is the successful completion of the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier Certificate. Candidates for the title of Certified Sommelier should give their exams within a maximum of two years from the date of successfully completing the Introductory Certificate.
A Certificate of Certified Sommelier is a prerequisite for admission to the Advanced Sommelier Certificate Programme.
The examinations for the Certificate of Certified Sommelier consist of three parts:
- Theoretical exam of 40 short-answer and multiple choice questions.
- Blind tasting of two wines using a wine tasting form (Click the link to download the Form Tasting and Instructions )
- Practical test in the service of wines.
The pass mark is 60% for each module. Students must pass all three modules simultaneously.
The theory exam is of a higher level of difficulty than the exam of the Introductory Sommelier Certificate.