Single Semester Advanced Certification

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It’s exciting to see the opportunity to earn an Advanced Sommelier pin from attending (and I assume passing) this four course semester, but do you also have to take the examination through the Court of Master Sommeliers? If not, does the Advanced Sommelier Certification hold the same weight as passing the 5 day course/examination?

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Mark,

I am the worst person to ask this question, as I’m going to be very biased towards our programs. There are a few good resources out there that give a balanced review of programs (personally, I’d suggest checking out SOMM.us).

The NWS programs we hold have the same weight as CMS in regards to federal and international regulations. That said, there is no denying that the fame and glory (and movies and magazines) belong to the Court. For career influence, though, I think the NWS certifications and protocols go a lot further, especially for people who want to move past working in restaurants.

Hope that helps,

Keith

  • Keith,

    Thank you for your quick response and clarifying some of the differences. My lack of restaurant experience has been a deterrent from pursuing a sommelier certification and I’m glad to see there’s another route.

    Thanks again,

    Mark

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