Sommelier Society of America
The First Wine Teaching Institute

Sommelier Society of America 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.





The SSA 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:

1.     Seminars on major and emerging wine production regions of the world

2.     Interactive tasting analysis of benchmark wines from top producers, with a review of current and historical vintages in each region

3.     Current market trends and business application

The SSA faculty is comprised of working career professionals with expertise in all aspects of the wine industry. Our students also engage with visiting winemakers and have access to a network of alumni and other industry leaders.

SSA students graduate equipped with the necessary foundation and business skills needed to design and manage a successful wine program.


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 online collateral and “Test Your Knowledge" materials to prepare them for the certification test. Those who pass the exam will receive the SSA Sommelier Certification Diploma.


The Sommelier Certificate Course is held twice annually in Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter sessions. You may register for any session in advance to ensure your seat.

Dates for upcoming sessions:
FALL Sept 11th 2018-February 5th 2019
SPRING March 5th 2019-July 16th 2019
FALL Sept 10th 2019-January 21st 2020
SPRING March 10th 2020-July 21st 2020

Click here for the Course Schedule and outline.


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


Weekly, Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Maison de la Region Occitanie / Pyrenees-Mediterranee
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
September 11th, 2018 - February 5th, 2019

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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 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.

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: Casual business attire.