Sommelier Society of America
The First Wine Teaching Institute

Registration Policy

Registration Policy

Minimum age: You must have reached 21 years of age to take this course. At the discretion of the Education Director, you may be asked for proof of age.

TUITION DEADLINE: Application and payment (they must be submitted together) are accepted prior to commencement of the fall or spring session of the Sommelier Certificate Course or Workshop. Seating is limited and seat reservation is dependent on space available. Once your seat is confirmed, and you have paid your tuition, you will receive written seat confirmation. Please do not attend the first day of class without seat confirmation.

PAYMENT: One may register and pay by credit card through our website. If you would like to pay by check, please email us at SommelierSocietyofAmerica@gmail.com with your request.

REFUND POLICY: No refunds are issued once classes begin. Please plan carefully.

BELOW APPLIES ONLY TO THE SOMMELIER CERTIFICATE COURSE:

FINAL EXAM: The two-hour final exam questions are based on information from lectures, class handouts, and textbook reading assignments. There is a blind tasting component of the exam. Students may postpone taking the final exam until the next session; students may also retake the final exam.

The final exam is given twice a year, at the end of each session. The fee to retake the exam is $150.

ABSENCES: A student may have a maximum of four absences. Missing more than four classes leaves the student unprepared for the final exam.

DIPLOMA: A passing grade of 75% is required to receive the Sommelier Society of America Certification Diploma.

MAKE-UP CLASSES: One may take a make-up class with the permission of the Chairman and providing there is space available. The make-up class must be taken the next session only. One may not retake more than four classes without contacting the administration office to get approval. To re-take the entire course, one must re-apply and pay the full tuition.

RECORDING DEVICES are not permitted.*

DRESS CODE: The University Club has a dress code. Men: jacket/tie. Women: tailored skirt or slacks, tailored shirt/blouse. Please do not wear denims, sneakers, jogging or workout gear, no flip-flops, tank tops, caps.

*also applies to Advanced Tasting Workshops