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, 2019.
    • 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. 

2020 Advanced Programming Application:

  • Open:  Application opens on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Close:  Application closes on Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • 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

  • A three-day examination testing 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 1, 2019.
    • 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. 
  • Passing requirement: must achieve a minimum of 60% on each section within one sitting.
  • Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing the Advanced Sommelier Examination after three successive attempts, despite passing one or more sections, are required to wait one full year from the time of their examination before reapplying.

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.
  • The application consists of the following:
    • Work & Wine Survey: a survey of work and industry experience.
    • Sommelier Knowledge Assessment
    • a written assessment that is designed to measure a candidate’s aptitude in all three areas of our curriculum: theory, tasting, and practical. The Sommelier Knowledge Assessment expands on the concept of the online Knowledge Survey used in previous applications, while providing a clearer picture of a candidate’s preparedness in a much more secure setting. The Sommelier Knowledge Assessment is composed of a timed, randomized set of questions. The Sommelier Knowledge Assessment must be taken in-person at one of the 5,300 Pearson VUE Testing Centers (https://home.pearsonvue.com/) worldwide. The Sommelier Knowledge Assessment will be available at Pearson VUE centers Monday, November 25 - Friday, December 13 ONLY, by appointment. Candidates can schedule their appointment at a Preason VUE testing center once they receive the email confirmation letter from Pearson VUE, normally within three business days of submitting the Court's advanced application. Candidates need to schedule their appointment directly with Pearson VUE; it is strongly recommended you make an appointment no later than November 25th to get your preferred time slot.  
    • Letters of recommendation: No longer applicable.

2020 Advanced Dates & Application

TThe Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas will offer one Advanced Sommelier Course and three Advanced Sommelier Examinations in 2020.

Advanced Sommelier Course: $1499 USD  
April 20-22, 2020 Irving, TX

Advanced Sommelier Examinations: $1195 USD
March 9-11, 2020 Portland, OR
July 13-15, 2020 Phoenix, AZ
October 26-28, 2020 St. Louis, MO
 

  • Eligibility to apply for the 2020 course:
    • Applicant has passed the Certified Sommelier Examination prior to October 1, 2019.
    • 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. 
  • Eligibility to apply for the 2020 exam:
    • Applicant has attended the three-day Advanced Sommelier Course prior to October 1, 2019.
    • 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. 
2020 US Advanced application period: October 1, 2019 - November 13, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. 2021 application will post in October 2020.

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.