WDCM Sommelier Certificate

Go back to school… …Wine School!

Earn your Sommelier Certificate in just one weekend!

What is the Sommelier Certificate?

The certificate program is a full-day workshop followed by a half-day exam. Successful completion of the exam will earn you a Sommelier certificate that recognizes you as a dedicated hospitality professional with a high standard of service, theory and blind tasting. It is also grounding for the CAPS/ACSP Professional Sommelier Diploma.

What is the training?

The one-day training course includes interactive study sessions to reinforce your knowledge of world wine regions and wine styles; distillation, spirits and classic cocktails; and Sommelier trade and hospitality. Tasting sessions throughout the day will focus on assessing classic wines in relation to style, quality, regionality and typicity. Service training will focus on wine and sparkling wine service, decanting, and food and beverage pairing.

What should I expect in the half-day exam?

The one-hour theory exam focuses on the topics covered in the one-day training through short-answer and multiple choice. A blind tasting will consist of written and oral sections and will tests candidates’ ability to describe competently and identify accurately 5 wines (white, red and either sparkling or fortified). The service exam will simulate a restaurant setting and will test service and pairing skills.

Are there any prerequisite courses?

Strongly recommended is WSET Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits (or the new WSET Level 3 Award in Wines).  We expect that candidates will hold an advanced level of theory and practice in wine, spirits and beverages before entering the certificate program.  WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is also recommended.

Dates: TBA

Professional Sommelier Program

CAPS and ASI Certified.

Our Sommelier Diploma prepares you for the demands of the Sommelier profession.  The Diploma is a modular set of comprehensive programs of instruction—not just an exam—that provides a professional grounding in wine and drinks theory, tasting and service.  CAPS/ACSP certified Sommeliers are recognized internationally in the 55 countries of the ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale).

Prerequisite:  WSET Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits (or the new WSET Level 3 Award in Wines), or WDCM Sommelier Certificate, or an equivalent in education and experience, determined by WDCM.  The Province of Manitoba Smart Choices/ Serving it Safe certificate will also be required as either pre-requisite or co-requisite.

The modules will include:

  • Core studies: Sommelier Tasting Toolbox sensory analysis), wine production, and wine styles
  • Classic Europe: Study Old World wines on a backdrop of important classic wines and the cultures, influences and rules that helped form them
  • The New World: North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and beyond
  • Beer, Spirits and other beverages
  • Sommelier management: the business of being a sommelier

Duration: 8 classroom contact hours, per week over 12 months (non-consecutive), plus a work-placement stage and project work.

For more information about upcoming Professional Sommelier Program classes, please email bjwi@banvilleandjones.com.

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