Sommelier certification
Sommelier Certifications in America

Sommelier Exams are run by several major certification bodies. For an overview of standardized sommelier certifications, please review The Guide to Wine Certifications in America.  At the end of the day,  what type of wine certification you earn is less important than the school you attend. For information and reviews of wine schools, check out our Reviews of Wine Schools in America.

Each program listed here is rated on a 100 point scale. Ratings are based on several key factors: accreditation, industry acceptance, educational standards, and transparency. New ratings will be added on a weekly basis.

All wine certification bodies will be reviewed, and all will be updated on a quarterly basis. This includes  The Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, The Institute of Masters of Wine, The National Wine School, Society of Wine Educators, North American Sommelier Association, International Sommelier Guild, and the International Wine Guild.

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Sommelier Certifications in America

Want to work in the wine trade? A sommelier certification is a step in the right direction. Sommeliers no longer just work in restaurants. They work in all facets of the wine industry, from winemaker to wine marketer. There has... Read Full Review »

National Wine School

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Society of Wine Educators

Website: The Society of Wine Educators is a membership-based nonprofit organization focused on providing wine and spirits education along with the conferral of several certifications. The Society is internationally recognized, and its programs are highly regarded both for their quality... Read Full Review »

Wine & Spirit Education Trust

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is a British organisation which arranges courses and exams in the trade of wine and spirits. WSET was founded in 1969, and  is headquartered in London. Commonly referred to as WSET, it commonly regarded as one of... Read Full Review »

Court of Master Sommeliers

Website: The Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) is an organization established in April 1977 to sponsor improved standards of service, especially wine and cuisine pairing, in hotels and restaurants. The first Master Sommelier examination was held in the britain in... Read Full Review »

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