How to Become a Sommelier – Training & Certification

Becoming a sommelier requires intensive training that spans knowledge of the basics of grape growing and winemaking in wine regions around the world along with menu conception and service. Students who undergo sommelier training typically go on to earn sommelier certification.

Intensive Sommelier Training

As the only program approved by the esteemed Court of Master Sommeliers, International Culinary Center’s Intensive Sommelier Training program teaches students how to evaluate bottles of wine from across the globe — more than 300 are tasted during the 10-week course. At the end of the course, students have the option to take the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Introductory and Certified Sommelier Examinations — administered on-site at ICC-providing them with a valued international credential upon passing the tests. The International Culinary Center is the only school with 11 Master Sommeliers on its faculty, guiding ICC sommelier students through the Total Immersion curriculum. Students learn the necessary skills to become a sommelier through eight units covering essential topics from styles to service techniques. Sommelier students can choose to study at ICC’s campus in New York City or in the heart of wine country in California, in the impressive wine-tasting room at the Silicon Valley Location.

Sommelier Careers

After completing the Intensive Sommelier Training at ICC, students are qualified for a wide range of positions in the wine industry, in wholesale, retail or service.

Sommelier Certification

Becoming a professional certified sommelier requires experience, training, education and examinations. Specific sommelier certifications are available after six months of training, while advanced certification requires many years of study, practice and deep field experience in the wine industry. The Court of master Sommeliers is an independent sommelier examining organization that offers a Master Sommelier Diploma, Advanced Sommelier Certificate, the Certified Sommelier Certificate and an Introductory Sommelier Certificate. Students at ICC have the option to take examinations to receive the Introductory and Certified Sommelier Certificate.

Become a Sommelier

Let ICC’s Master Sommeliers prepare you with the specialized skills you need for a career as a sommelier through our Intensive Sommelier Training, with classes held during the day and in the evenings. Complete the form on this page to request more information on International Culinary Center’s sommelier training courses.