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Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Sommelier Certificate

The Court of Master Sommeliers offers four levels of accreditation for sommeliers and beverage professionals, beginning with the Introductory Sommelier Certificate course and examination. Students must pass each level of accreditation before proceeding onto higher levels, culminating in the highly prestigious Master Sommelier Diploma.

The Introductory Sommelier Certificate and Certified Sommelier may be applied for at the same course location and intake, whilst a 12-month break is required between passing Certified and applying for Advanced. A 2-year break is required between passing Advanced and applying for the Master Sommelier Diploma.

The Advanced Sommelier Certificate course and examination is intended for persons with extensive wine service experience, who wish to develop their knowledge and service skills to a higher level. Prospective candidates should be aware that the level is significantly higher than the Certified Sommelier examination and that it is, therefore, necessary to carry out considerable study in preparation for this course.

The Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania have announced changes to the application process for the Advanced Sommelier Certificate in 2020. Due to overwhelming demand admissions to the 2020 program will be offered via invitation only. All information on application deadlines, eligibility criteria and how to apply may be viewed on page 6 of this document.

Applications for the Advanced Sommelier Certificate are offered via invitation only. Applicants who are aged 18+, are working and residing within the Asia Pacific region and have attained the Introductory Sommelier Certificate and Certified Sommelier are welcome to apply. Applicants must hold a valid Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) which is valid in New South Wales. For further information please contact Liquor and Gaming NSW.

Students who successfully secure a place for the Advanced Sommelier Certificate gain access to the course web portal, which should be used in conjunction with the theory syllabus, service standards, grape markers and certified tasting grids which are downloadable via our website.

The Advanced program is conducted over 5 days, with the first 2.5 days devoted to course work and the remaining days allocated to examinations. The lectures are presented by Master Sommeliers using PowerPoint presentations combined with wine tastings, plus a practical service demonstration.

The Advanced Sommelier Certificate examinations are held on the final 2.5 days of the Advanced program.

The examination is comprised of three parts which must be passed together:
1. One-hour Theory paper of 24 multiple choice questions and 60 short answer questions - totalling 150 marks.
2. Practical tasting of 6 wines tasted blind in 25 minutes. 3. 45-minute Practical Service test


Sunday 16 - Thursday 20 August 2020 Fees - $2030 AUD (includes BF) Applications via Invitation Only

To register your interest complete the online form via: There is no fee to register your interest.

Expressions of interest open Monday 25 November 2019 at 0800 AEST Expressions of interest close Friday 13 December 2019 at 1700 AEST Successful applicants notified via email Monday 6 - Thursday 9 January 2020 Waitlisted applicants notified via email Monday 13 - Thursday 16 January 2020