The WEI Certified and Certified Advanced Sommelier are designed for those individuals that have already proven their knowledge of wine and wine styles through successful completion of the internationally recognized Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET) or Society of Wine Educators study programs but are desiring to also obtain a sommelier certification.
Applicants will be required to show additional proficiency specific to restaurant operations in the areas of food and wine pairing; wine list creation and management; service standards and serving temperature adjustment. The proficiency will involve a practical demonstration of service (video submission) and passing a timed, online exam consisting of questions on those topics. All topics are taught through our online classroom.
By adding wine list creation and management; wine and food pairing; and wine service standards to the foundations provided by the WSET and SWE, the WEI Sommelier certifications will be a proven sign of a solid and well rounded industry foundation. Certainly the Certified and Certified Advanced Sommelier Certifications will be the most respected first and second level sommelier certifications available anywhere.
The Wine Education Institute's Certified Sommelier program is only available to successful graduates of the WSET Level 2 Wine, WSET Level 2 Wine & Spirits or the Society of Wine Educators Certified Specialist of Wine programs. If you have not completed either of these you will not be able to take the Certified Sommelier Exam. Please acquire proof of completion of the above programs before registering for the exam unless you are a graduate of WEI whereas we are aware of your credentials.
The Wine Education Institute’s Certified Advanced Sommelier program is only available to successful graduates of the WSET Level 3 Wine, WSET Level 3 Wine & Spirits or the Society of Wine Educators Certified Wine Educator programs. If you have not completed either of these you will not be able to take the Advanced Sommelier Exam. Please acquire proof of completion of the above programs before registering for the exam unless you are a graduate of WEI whereas we are aware of your credentials.. The Wine Education Institute Certified Sommelier Exam is NOT a prerequisite for the Advanced Sommelier Certification.
We have made the following content excerpted from our online course freely available to those in the industry with interest in these topics. We hope you enjoy and appreciate the information regardless of whether you choose to certify with the Wine Education Institute. View Pricing.
- What is a sommelier
- Why to certify
- Prerequisites and Testing Criteria
- Wine List Creation
- Wine List Training
- Storage and Service Temperatures
- Introduction to Pairing and Components
- Pairing Concepts
- Service Intro and Presentation
- Service Opening the Bottle
- Sample and Pouring Order
- Sommelier Standards Sparkling Wine
- Sommelier Standards Beer Service
- Sommelier Certification Registration