The Court's intensive educational program guides aspiring Master Sommeliers through four increasingly rigorous levels of coursework and examination, culminating in the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination.
2023 Programming: New dates for Introductory and Certified programs are posted on Mondays, generally about three months before scheduled programs. Program transfers cannot be made from one calendar year to the next.
Vaccination Policy for In-Person Program (October 6, 2022): Vaccinations or a negative PCR test are recommended, but not required for CMS-A programs, pending any local regulations that would supersede this policy. We will continue to monitor CDC recommendations.
Intro Exam Time Elapse: The CMS-A no longer requires that students take the Certified Sommelier Examination within three years of the Introductory Sommelier Examination. We encourage students to move to the next level when best prepared.
CMS-A Recusal Policy: The CMS-A wants you to feel your most comfortable come exam time. Therefore, candidates are able to request that specific Master Sommelier examiners are recused from adjudicating their efforts.
To request recusal(s), log into your account at www.mastersommeliers.org, click on My Account in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Scroll down to the My Recusal Requests section of the page and use the Add Recusal Request button. Begin typing in the Master Sommelier's first name then select their full name from the drop down list. Please submit all recusal requests no later than two weeks prior to you exam.