Sommelier Society of America
The First Wine Education Organization

Certificate Course

Sommelier Society of America Certificate Course is an intensive 20 week program rooted in the vibrant New York City wine trade. It covers the foundation, appreciation and business trends of the US market.

SOMMELIER CERTIFICATE COURSE

DAY and EVENING SESSIONS Begin September 10, 2019

$2,195

SOMMELIER SOCIETY OF AMERICA CERTIFICATE COURSE

Registration for 21-week Day and Evening Sessions is open year round. You may register in advance for any session at any time; we suggest that you register at least two weeks prior to the start of the first class date to ensure your place. Seats cannot be reserved and are only confirmed upon registering.

Day Session:
Tuesdays
9AM-11AM

Evening Session:
Tuesdays
6PM-8PM

Class size is limited to 25 students.

The SSA Certificate Course is a 21-week program rooted in the vibrant New York City wine trade. SSA students graduate equipped with the necessary foundation and business skills needed to design and manage a successful wine program.

• The SSA faculty is comprised of working career professionals with expertise in all aspects of the wine industry
• Seminars on all major wine production regions of the world
• Interactive tasting analysis of benchmark wines and top producers
• Review of current and historical vintages for each region
• Current market trends and business application
• Students engage with visiting winemakers and have access to a network of alumni and other industry leaders

CLASS ATMOSPHERE, FINAL EXAM & DIPLOMA

Deviating from the typical memorization-heavy, “here’s-the-book-go-home-and-read-it” methods, SSA classes are highly interactive and stress cooperative learning. We encourage and assist students in creating their own tasting groups for offsite discussions and test preparation.

The final exam includes a written portion and blind tasting component. Students will have on-line collateral as well as weekly on-line quizzes to prepare them for the certification test. Those who pass the exam will receive the SSA Sommelier Certification Diploma.

DATES FOR UPCOMING DAY & EVENING SESSIONS

FALL Sept 10, 2019 - February 11, 2020
SPRING March 3, 2020 - July 21, 2020
FALL Sept 15, 2020 - Feb 2, 2021

Click here for the Course Schedule and Syllabus for Fall 2019 sessions.

TUITION

$2,195.00, includes text book and materials. Applications must be accompanied by payment for tuition to secure your place.

LOCATION

Weekly, Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Maison de la Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée
724 Fifth Avenue
11th floor
New York, NY 10019
Registered students will receive a welcome letter with directions and other important details.

Students must be 21 years or older.

*Wines for the weekly tastings, a minimum of eight per class, diverse and
unique to each semester, are selected by our Chairman in consultation with
our Education Director.

Sommelier Certificate Course (choose DAY or EVENING SESSION on Form)
begins September 10th, 2019
$2,195.00

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REGISTRATION POLICIES

*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 Sommelier Certificate Course session. 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 info@sommeliersocietyofamerica.org with your request.

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

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.

RETAKE 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:
Recording devices re not permitted.

DRESS CODE:
Casual business attire suggested.