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Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) Programme

The Court of Master Sommeliers certification training and exams will be available in Auckland in June 2017. This is a great opportunity for people working with wine to extend and develop their skills. This programme is held at Villa Maria Estate with Cameron Douglas MS.

Introductory Sommelier (Level 1) 2 days + exam

The lectures are presented by Master Sommeliers along with wine tastings and practical service demonstrations. The examination comprises a multiple-choice theoretical paper and a short elementary practical service test. Click here for more information. 

Introductory Sommelier (Level 1)

Certified Sommelier

Certified Sommelier qualification is the primary certification for wine and beverage professionals in the Hospitality Industry and is intended to provide a meaningful qualification for the working Sommelier.

Certified Sommelier Examination:

  • Short written theory paper of 40 multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Tasting test consisting of two wines tasted blind, and answered on a tasting grid
  • Practical service test

Cameron Douglas runs these programmes on behalf of the Court of Master Sommeliers. To register please email Cameron Douglas MS

It is highly recommended that you join GuildSomm a US nonprofit membership organization with open membership for all wine professionals uses the trademarks of the Guild of Sommeliers.

Other qualifications

The Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) is a certification body for wine service professionals—after passing all four levels (Introductory, Certified, Advanced, Master) of CMS exams candidates receive the Master Sommelier designation.

Advanced Sommelier

The examination comprises three parts:

  • Theory: 24 multiple choice and 60 short answer questions in 60 minutes
  • Practical tasting: 6 wines tasted blind in 25 minutes
  • Practical service: 45 minutes

Master Sommelier

Throughout the examination, the candidate must exhibit an exemplary standard of both technical and social skills, demonstrating the courtesy and charm of a Master Sommelier plus an ability to sell. Examinations are held annually in London and the USA.