Wine Certification Courses

The School has traditionally offered one or more of the wine certification courses listed below. We will not be offering any this semester.  If interested, you are encouraged to explore the web sites of these accrediting organizations and to take their online courses.

The Wine Scholar Guild gives both French and Italian wine certifications:

The Society of Wine Educators offers courses to become a Certified Specialist of Wine and a Certified Wine Educator:

Italian Wine Central offers a certification as an Italian Wine Professional:


wine glassCertified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Training Course

Society of Wine EducatorsThe CSW credential signifies a mastery of the core principles and fundamentals of wine and is recognized world widewithin the wine industry. The course is for current and future wine industry employees seeking
• Increased knowledge and self confidence on the job
• Career enhancement and resume building.

It is also for wine enthusiasts who want
• More knowledge and understanding of wine and the wine industry
• Satisfaction in having a professionally certified level of wine knowledge.

The Course prepares participants for the CSW Exam, given under the auspices of the Society of Wine Educators, the premier professional U.S. wine society to provide knowledge-based wine exams and certifications. The exam covers core principles and fundamentals of wine including viticulture, vinification, grape varieties, wine regions, labeling laws, wine tasting and faults. Passing the exam qualifies one as a Certified Specialist of Wine. Successful candidates are entitled to add the CSW post-nominal to their professional signature. All successful candidates receive a Certificate and a Certified Specialist of Wine pin. 


wine glassFrench Wine Scholar

French Wine SocietyTheFrench Wine Scholar Study and Certification program provides French Wine Scholar Study Manualcurrent, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of France.

Developed and administrated by the French Wine Society with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.

Students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal and become one of the 400+ French Wine Scholars around the world!

wine glassItalian Wine Professional (IWP)

Logo: Italian Wine ProfessionalThe Italian Wine Professional™ (IWP) is a training and certification program designed to help students of wine become comfortable with the complex world of Italian wine. It has been created specifically to give those who have experience with wine but have not dealt much with Italian wine—and even those who are quite familiar with certain categories of Italian wine but want to broaden their scope to less familiar territory—the confidence needed to discuss, sell, and buy Italian wine.

This program is geared toward those who work in retail, restaurant, import, and distribution roles, but is also ideal for wine writers, educators, and avid wine-lovers who wish to increase their knowledge of Italian wine. Anyone who likes Italian wine but wants some help in understanding Italian wine labels, expanding their horizons in choosing wines on a wine list, or appreciating the differences between the myriad Italian wine styles can enjoy and benefit from the IWP course.