Do you daydream in fields of hops? Wonder if you could wander through Napa like a pro? Feel like turning that side-gig bartending job into a career? There are several paths which can lead you to become a beverage superstar, but getting certified by an industry expert will boost your chances of landing a dream job down each one.

Consider training for one (or several!) of the certifications below if you’re looking to get serious about your sipping. (Check out our Continuing Ed Resource Section for a list of organizations that can help connect you to classes, scholarships, and additional assistance.)

Organization Name Certification Offered Training Offered

Spirits and Wine Knowledge for Beginners
Comprehensive Bartenders Spirits Training

Cicerone Certification Program

Master Cicerone

The Culinary Institute of America Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate *
American Sommelier Association American Sommelier V & V Certificate *
Court of Master Sommeliers Master Sommelier Diploma *
Institute of Masters of Wine Master of Wine *
International Wine Guild Guild Senior Wine Master *
The Society of Wine Educators CSS - Certified Specialist of Spirits
CSW - Certified Specialist of Wine
CWE - Certified Wine Educator
United States Sommelier Association Sommelier Certification *
ServSafe ServSafe Alcohol *


Certifications & Training Programs:

Note: This list of resources is a small sampling (and a work-in-progress!) of the options that are currently available. If you'd like us to add one that you and/or your team have benefited from, please email us at [email protected]!