The Advanced Options
The Advanced Wine Certificate programs on this page can be taken separately or together. The student earns an advanced wine credential for each and every program they attend. To earn the coveted Advanced Sommelier, the student must complete the Core Wine Program followed by four Advanced courses.
To earn certification, the student must opt for Certification via the National Wine School when registering for class.
An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, June 11, 2018
Classes are held from Monday, April 16th to June 11th, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. No class on May 28th. The transformation of the Spanish wine trade over the last twenty years has been astonishing. From a state of decay, it has re-invented
An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, happening 6 times
This is an accelerated summertime program. Classes run daily from August 20th to August 25th, from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. To be an International Wine Scholar, one must intimately know the great wine regions and countries, especially the ones off the beaten path.
An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, happening 4 times
The essential certification for anyone who needs to teach or talk about wine to an audience. This certification from the National Wine School is mission-critical for anyone in wine education. This program is hosted by the Wine School of Philadelphia and runs nightly
An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 21, 2019
Classes run weekly from September 17th to November 15th from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The program then resumes on January 7th – January 21st from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. There is a $100 supply fee for this program. From crushing grapes to bottling wine, this essential winemaking
Earn your Advanced Somm pin in one year. Rigorous and engaging, each semester comes with its own world-class certification at no additional charge.
- 5 Professional Certifications
- Advanced Sommelier Pin
- Top Rated on SOMM
- National Wine School
- Four Semesters
Advanced program students are eligible for one-on-one counseling from the executive director of the school. This often results in great new opportunities.
Only the top tier of Advanced Sommeliers in America are invited into the Master Wine Program. A six-month program guided by your professional mentor.
- Personal Mentorship
- Master Somm Pin
- Top Rated on SOMM
- National Wine School
- Master Thesis Required
There are five names for the same certification: Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Master Somm, Diploma Enotropae, and Level IV Sommelier.
Advanced Sommelier Certification
To earn the Advanced Sommelier pin, the student must complete four sections of the Advanced program. At the National Wine School, the Advanced Sommelier Certification is awarded along with the Baccalaureate Vigne et Vin. However, the BVV is awarded only to exemplary students who have earned a recommendation by a member of the National Wine School's Board of Directors. The honor carries with it the right to the post-nominal letters of BVV.
Each section of the Advanced program also comes with its own certification. Students are not required to complete the whole Advanced Sommelier program to earn these individual world-class certifications.
Level V Sommelier
Master-Level Sommelier certification one of the top achievements in the wine trade. At the National Wine School, the award is also known as the Diploma Oenotropae. It is only awarded to the top 1% of sommelier candidates. To achieve this award, one must earn the Advanced Sommelier award and complete the Master's Thesis. The honor carries with it the right to the post-nominal letters of DOE.
There are several agencies that certify master-level sommeliers, each has its own trademark. Master of Wine, Master SOMM, Diploma Oenotrope, and Master Sommelier all refer to the same credentials: a Level V Sommelier Certification.
California's Sommelier School
The National Wine School (NWS) is located in Los Angeles, California. The school offers the highest level of accreditation for sommeliers in America. NWS offers the same level of national and international certification as the Court of Master Sommelier and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Plus, the NWS offers professional California certification, which no other agency can offer.
Wine courses should be fun and engaging. Accreditation should be boring. It doesn't need TV shows or movies. It's about ensuring that people who earn the qualification can earn their sommelier certification, no matter where they go to school. Not only is this the right thing to do, it's the law.
The National WIne School is the highest rated sommelier school for a reason. We don't hire PR firms, and we sure don't have movies made about us. We offer industry-grade sommelier exams, accreditation, and professional certification. Our protocols are used in universities and trade schools, including some of the top wine schools in America.