Sommelier Certification | Sommelier Courses
The International Sommelier Guild is the professional sommelier certification body that accredits through Sommelier
courses with direct instruction.
Upon successful completion of the sommelier courses, you will become a member of the International Sommelier
Guild. We strive to support the professional development of our members including a referral program for career
opportunities and sponsorship of exclusive member tastings and events. You will not only graduate
with a certificate that designates you as a leader in wine, you will become a part of a community
that strives to help each other grow.
Intermediate Wine Certificate (IWC)Online: $500 USD; Classroom: $850 USD (Tuition includes all examinations)
Whether building on an existing career in hospitality or enhancing your enjoyment of wines; the ISG IWC curriculum will build an extensive foundation to the world of wine, food, service and management.
What you learn, what you get?
A broad foundational course designed for those interested in beginning a serious hospitality career or for those wanting to enjoy the subject.
Understanding of the most prevalent grapes used in the wine industry, based on a varietal approach.
You will study the correct and methodical approach to wine evaluation.
Acquire knowledge and experience of correct professional sensory evaluation.
Address Fortified and sparkling wine.
Learn correct wine terminology, understand label information, appellation concepts, service techniques as well as food and wine pairing theories.
Gain an appreciation for all types of wines and feel comfortable and confident when selecting and buying wine.
Structured and clear learning materials designed and build by our board of education. The ISG is the only Sommelier educational body that has its own learning materials, published books and standardized sommelier courses!
Course structure and requirements.
8 sessions totaling 24 clock hours in total, (you will need a minimum of 3 to 1-hour ratio of additional home studying to be successful) whether online or in class delivery. All sessions have a structural set-up and consist of: Lecture, Tasting, Review and Quiz to gain reinforcements of materials.
Course topics overview (Syllabus).
Advanced Wine Certificate (AWC) Online: $1,000 USD; Classroom: $1,450 USD (Tuition includes all examinations)
Advanced Wine Certificate – an advanced course designed to build on your knowledge from the ISG IWC. Based on REGIONAL approach. A broad spectrum of knowledge and understanding of wine, spirits and ales including: Viticulture, Vinification, and Regional appellation laws and more.
What you learn, what you get?
Extensive and deep knowledge of old and new world wine regions as well as sparkling, fortified wines, spirits and ales.
This course prepares you for your start as a professional in the wine business and industry.
Further develop your blind tasting skills.
Develop your service skills, food and wine pairing techniques, and proper storage and wine management practices.
Structured and clear learning materials designed and build by our board of education. The ISG is the only Sommelier educational body that has its own learning materials, published books and standardized curriculum!
You will be introduced to the most important wines and grapes from all around the world.
You will be introduced to most major and minor wine regions in the world, big countries and small.
This course advances your understanding of wine and wine making and prepares you for the Sommelier certification.
Course structure and requirements:
16 sessions totaling 48 clock hours in total, (you will need a minimum of 5 to 1-hour ratio of additional home studying to be successful) whether online or in class delivery.
All sessions have a structural set-up and consist of: Lecture, Tasting, Review and Quiz.
Exam (session 16) 5 hour, 2 theory and 1 practical exams. For more information please click here
Note: You will get ALL LEARNING MATERIALS, standardized and structured, as the ISG is the only Sommelier educational body that has its own learning materials, published books and standardized curriculum!
AWC examinations may be challenging, please read our policies for further important information.
Course topics overview (Syllabus) - click here.
ISGMSommelier Certification, Online: $5000 USD; please note 2 of the 6 examinations must be done in person. Classroom: $6000 USD (Tuition includes all examinations)
An intensive and unique program that certifies and accredits Sommeliers. The International Sommelier Guild is the only professional body that accredits Sommeliers by direct instruction (whether online or in class) with standardized published materials.
The program provides graduates with the utmost of professional tools and vocational competencies in order to climb up in the industry and become leaders.
The ISG is the only institution to have directly and uniquely developed curriculum and extensive course books published for the courses that enables you to become a highly professional Sommelier.
The sommelier certification is designed to see that a student had been able to indeed absorb the width and detail that is required to work at the highest levels of wine industry worldwide.
We teach not only wine and spirits for the hospitality industry, but also within the wine business, industry tendencies of the 21st century’s ever-changing world, marketing and new-media to ensure that our graduates are adept at their knowledge and understanding to help them to become successful. For more information on our special developed curriculum please click here
What you learn, what you get? With our personalized approach to learning, we are not only able to tell you, but also to show you how to evaluate a wine, critique it, decant it, serve, and store it.
Industry experts lead all of our lectures be it online or in class. The curriculum covers everything from viticulture, vinification, tasting techniques, cellaring, investment strategy, menu design, and regional analysis of wines, spirits, and ales.
As the ISG is the only Sommelier educational body that has developed and standardized its own learning materials, you will get:
- A unique sommelier book that was written and published by us for the strict training of sommeliers and was not attempted since 1822 on such a level. For more information about our unique book, please Click here
All sessions have a structural set-up and consist of: Lecture, Tasting, Review and Quiz regardless of online or in class delivery. The course is 300 clock hours in total. You will need a 10 to 1 ratio of additional self-study hours to complete the course successfully. Successful completion of AWC is required for admittance into ISGM diploma.
Note: You will get ALL LEARNING MATERIALS, standardized and structured, as the ISG is the only Sommelier educational body that HAS its own learning materials, published books and standardized curriculum!
Examination is composed of 6 different components.
Our grading method is standardized and consistent for each and every student.
Please remember that in order to successfully complete your diploma you must attain no less than 75% in each of your six components. For more important information about the examinations, click here
Course topics overview (Syllabus) - click here.
If you would like a general overview of the course structure and syllabus it has been provided here. For an extensive detailed breakdown of the syllabus, AWC students can email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher Education Program (TEP) $500 USD
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The Teacher Education Program has been developed due to a fundamental need to establish minimum competencies for ISG instructors.
The dynamic and ever changing world of wine presents a unique set of challenges even for the most experienced professional. The program is aimed at addressing the needs and supplying the tools to future and current instructors so that the quality of delivery of all levels of ISG courses is at the forefront of wine education.
Objectives of the Program
Establish minimum competencies, standards and guidelines for ISG instructors in the following areas:
- Overall expectations of ISG instructors and ISG administration
- Site preparations
- Preparing to teach
- Gathering information
- Examination requirements and review
- Class presentations and workshops
The Teacher Education Program is delivered as a three (3) day seminar offered once per year in August in one select city.
Who will attend?
- Potential instructors will have been selected based upon their meeting the requirements as outline by the ISG
- Current instructors who wish to enhance their capabilities
- Must have successfully completed the IWC and AWC courses*
- Must have successfully completed the Sommelier Diploma Program*
- Demonstrate a minimum of five (5) years hospitality experience (preferably front of the house)
- Demonstrate a minimum of three (3) years teaching experience (not necessarily in a classroom scenario; however it must be in an acceptable training or instructional environment)
- Demonstrate a Post Secondary Degree (does not have to be hospitality related)
- Provide a current resume with detailed educational and work experience
- Provide a cover letter outlining why you would like to take the program (1,000 words or less)
- Provide an industry reference letter (hospitality reference preferred)
- Provide an educator reference letter (from outside of the ISG organization is preferred)
- * Applicants not having attained the IWC / AWC certificates and/or the SDP may be considered on a case by case basis. Please outline your case in your cover letter and all applications are reviewed by the Dean of Academics and the Advisory Committee.
All educators that have successfully completed the program will receive a certificate of completion from the ISG and will be added to the roster for possible instruction of the IWC courses.
$500.00 US per person (does not include transportation and accommodations which are the responsibility of the applicant)
Fundamentals of Wine (FWC)Introduction, 1 dayA one day course designed for the hospitality industry lasting 8 clock hours.
This course offers a basic understanding of the major grapes sold commercially and understanding them and how to sell them within the hospitality industry. The course also focuses on basic service techniques for restaurants and hotels of most levels.
The class takes place over the course of one day and there is no examination component involved but rather a certificate of attendance. This course is designed for hotel and restaurant chains where large groups of employees can get the basic understanding to provide professional service as well as sell products.
Although at the moment the course is available strictly to large groups in South America, the Middle East, Asia and some locations in North America, this course may be demand be offered in any location upon demand.
If you are inquiring on behalf of a Hotel or Restaurant, please contact us directly. This course is not available to individuals and is not a pre-requisite to our first course of instruction.