Introductory Exam Details

The Introductory Sommelier Course requires two full days commitment. ItÔÇÖs intense and fast paced - covering a lot of information, and by no means all, about the world of wine and other beverages. Beginning at 8:00 am and finishing around 6:00 pm both days.

At the end of day two we will invite you to take a theory examination. The good news is that all questions are multiple choice reflecting the content of the preceding two days. The pass mark for this examination and to earn the CMS Introductory Sommelier Course Certificate and lapel pin is a strict minimum 60%.

After passing the Introductory Sommelier Course Examination, you are eligible to sit the Certified Sommelier Examinations (Theory, Tasting and Service).

Please note the following Court of Master Sommeliers Americas policy: Sommeliers holding an Introductory Sommelier Course credential have three years after passing the Introductory Examination to sit the Certified Sommelier Examinations. If this opportunity is not undertaken within the three-year window then the Introductory Sommelier Course & Examination must be re-taken. There is a $100 discount off the registration fee should this situation arise. Pricing subject to change without notice.