Advanced Sommelier Programming

Advanced Sommelier Course

  • A three-day educational program exploring the Court of Master Sommeliers standards in beverage sales and service in greater depth. Presentation of specific topics designed to give candidates a template for upper-level exam study and a clear understanding of expectations at both the Advanced Sommelier Examination and Master Sommelier Diploma Examination.
  • Recommendations prior to applying:
    • Wait at least one calendar year after passing the Certified Sommelier Examination in order to adequately prepare for the Advanced Sommelier Course.
  • Course Eligibility:
    • Applicant has passed the Certified Sommelier Examination prior to October 1, 2021.
    • Applicant must have a minimum two years of restaurant experience in a service/sales position within nine years of the date the application is submitted. Current employment must be in the restaurant/hospitality or beverage industry. (Due to COVID, restaurant experience extended from seven to nine years for 2022 application).
    • Applicant has NOT previously attended the three-day Advanced Sommelier Course. 
    • Advanced Sommelier Course is a prerequisite to the Advanced Sommelier Examination.
    • Applicant cannot apply for the Course and Examination in the same year.

2022 Advanced Sommelier Course and Advanced Sommelier Examination Programming Application

  • Opens: October 1, 2021
  • Closes:  November 1, 2021
  • No Late Applications will be accepted

NOTE: The Court of Master Sommeliers Europe continues to offer a five-day Advanced Course and Examination. Please see the Examination Site Policy that defines where a candidate may sit depending on geographic location and exam history. The respective Boards of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas and the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe work together to ensure that the level of qualifications remains the same no matter where candidates sit. The only difference is the format in which they are offered.

Advanced Sommelier Examination

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas (CMS-A) is excited to announce the launch of a modified format for the Advanced Sommelier Examination beginning in 2022. This evolution will provide candidates with greater access to the examination and improved feedback. The new format, which is outlined below, mirrors the format of the Master Sommelier exam in which the Theory portion of the exam is decoupled from the Practical and Tasting portions of the exam.

Theory
Beginning with the 2022 exams, candidates pursuing the Advanced Sommelier Certification will be required to successfully complete the Theory portion of the exam first. The Theory portion remains a written exam, that will now be administered at a local-to-you, industry-leading Pearson VUE testing center.

  • Upon passing the Theory portion, candidates will be invited to sit the Practical and Tasting portions later in the year.
  • Candidates that do not pass the Theory portion must wait until the next calendar year to re-take it.
  • Candidates are still required to pass all three portions of the examination within a calendar year; if a candidate passes Theory but does not pass the Practical and/or Tasting portions, they must begin again with Theory the following year.

Practical and Tasting
There is no change to the Practical and Tasting Portions of the exam. These will continue to be administered in-person by a team of experienced Master Sommelier examiners at appropriate hospitality venues.

About the Examination and Eligibility

  • The Advanced Sommelier Examination tests the Court of Master Sommeliers standards in beverage sales and service. Represents a significant increase over the Certified Sommelier Examination in required experience, knowledge, and skill level.
  • The examination consists of three sections:
    • Theory (written)
    • Tasting (verbal)
    • Service/Salesmanship (practical)
  • Examination Eligibility:
    • Applicant has attended the three-day Advanced Sommelier Course prior to October of the application year.
    • Applicant must have a minimum three years of restaurant experience in a service/sales position within nine years of the date the application is submitted. Current employment must be in the restaurant/hospitality or beverage industry. (Due to COVID, restaurant experience extended from seven to nine years for 2022 application).
  • Passing requirement: must achieve a minimum of 60% on each section within one calendar year.

Advanced Application Process:

The application process is designed to select candidates with the greatest potential for success. Entrance into the Advanced Sommelier Course or Advanced Sommelier Examination is via a selection process conducted by the Examination Committee and the Examination Director. Applications are carefully reviewed for relevant experience and qualifications.

  • Applicants can only apply for the course or exam, not both
  • Application fee of $100.00 due at time of  application submission
  • The CMS-A will be posting additional information about the application process for 2023
  • Letters of recommendation: Not applicable for Advanced Programming Application

2022 Advanced Dates & Application

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas will offer one Advanced Sommelier Course, two Advanced Sommelier Theory Exams and two Advanced Sommelier Practical and Tasting Examinations in 2022. 

Advanced Sommelier Course: $1499 USD
March 30-April 1, 2022 Irving, TX

Advanced Sommelier Theory Examinations: $299 USD
April 26, 2022 at a Pearson VUE Testing Center
May 3, 2022 at a Pearson VUE Testing Center

Advanced Sommelier Practical and Tasting Examinations: $899 USD
October 17-18, 2022 St. Louis, MO
Candidates who pass the 2022 Theory Examination are invited to sit the Practical and Tasting portions

 

Eligibility

  • To apply for the 2022 course:
    • Applicant has passed the Certified Sommelier Examination prior to October 1, 2021.
    • Applicant must have a minimum two years of restaurant experience in a service/sales position within seven years of the date the application is submitted. Current employment must be in the restaurant/hospitality or beverage industry.
    • Applicant has NOT previously attended the three-day Advanced Sommelier Course. 
  • To apply for the 2022 exam:
    • Applicant has attended the three-day Advanced Sommelier Course prior to October 1, 2021.
    • Applicant must have a minimum three years of restaurant experience in a service/sales position within seven years of the date the application is submitted. Current employment must be in the restaurant/hospitality or beverage industry. 

2022 US Advanced application period
Opened: October 1, 2021 / Closed: November 1, 2021
Late applications will not be accepted.

Scholarship Info

SommFoundation provides scholarships for the Advanced Sommelier Course & Examination and Master Sommelier Diploma Examination. Please visit their website at www.sommfoundation.com/scholarships for more information.