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CMS Introductory course & Certified exams

CMS Introductory course & Certified exams

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CMS Introductory course & Certified exams
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Court of Master Sommeliers/ International Sommelier Studies – The most prestigious professional qualification

About the course

The Court of Master Sommelier is the most prestigious professional qualification that anyone can achieve internationally for the service of wines, spirits and other alcoholic beverages whether in the Tourism, Hospitality / Hotel or Catering market.
The successful completion of the exams is a necessary requirement for the Certification and the Certification itself is a prerequisite for achieving the higher most inter-professional global title of ‘Master Sommelier’.

The successful completion of the exams is a necessary requirement for both Certifications.


World-wide, the term Sommelier, is synonymous with the Court of Master Sommeliers Certification. In 1969 the first formal Master Sommelier examination in Great Britain was held. By 1977 the Court of Master Sommeliers was recognised as the leading international examination body. In Greece the programmes provided are: LEVEL I / Introductory Sommelier Course & LEVEL II / Certified Sommelier Exam.

The Introductory Sommelier Certificate is the first level at which all Master Sommeliers candidates must start. The duration of the programme is two days, and the exams are carried out on the morning of the third day.

The Certified Sommelier qualification is the basic certificate for professionals in the wine and spirits field, for those working in the Hospitality industry. The programme’s objective is to offer the working Sommelier an essential qualification. The Certified exams take place right after the completion of the Introductory exam. The successful completion of the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier Certificate is a prerequisite.

It is also recommended that all our students aiming to obtain the MS Certificate, should already have completed the WSET L3 Award in Wines, as well as 3-5 of work experience in the industry.

Course Programme andCurriculum
CMS Introductory course & Certified exams

Learning Goals

The Introductory Sommelier course covers:

  • elementary practices in the vineyard and winemaking procedures.
  • the grape varieties, origins, specific winemaking procedures and classifications for all the major wines of the world.
  • the production, raw materials and flavors of Spirits and liqueurs.
  • technical skills of wine service.
  • the importance of social skills.
  • fundamentals of matching wines with food.
  • an introduction to the skills of wine tasting.


Introductory Learning Outcomes:
Candidates will be able to:

  • explaing the factors which contribute towards the quality of wines
  • describe the characteristics of the wines from the main wine producing countries of the world
  • demonstrate an understanding of the wine classification and control systems in current use
  • interpret wine label terms
  • state the basic ingredients and flavours of apéritifs, spirits and liqueurs
  • demonstrate an awareness of beers, saké and other beverages
  • demonstrate the correct service of wine and other beverages
  • demonstrate a basic competence in selling and matching wines with foods
  • identify the requirements of the Advanced Sommelier Certificate


The Certified Sommelier course:
The 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. The pre-requisite for this examination is the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Certificate.


Certified Learning Outcomes:

  • To create a minimum standard of service and knowledge for the Hospitality Industry.
  • To provide successful candidates with credentials to show employers their skills have been evaluated at a high level of proficiency by the leading authority on beverage service – the Internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide.
  • To create a certification that provides all successful candidates with a sense of accomplishment while providing the most dedicated students an opportunity to further their education and skills at the Advanced and Masters levels.
  • For registration e-mail us at
    The registration is completed once you pay the full amount of tuition fees, through the e-shop, or by making a bank deposit and complete the Registration Form.
  • After the payment you will receive the Registration Form which must be filled out and returned to the Admissions Officers. Your enrollment is automatically completed once the Admissions has received a fully completed Registration From.
  • To enroll you have to be at least 18 years old.
  • We strongly recommend that all participants have a WSET L3 Awards in Wines and either have experience in the wine service industry or have completed the WSPC Modern Sommelier Study Program.
  • It is necessary to have a valid email address, as all information about your studies is electronically documented
  • Receiving your Certificate from Court of Masters Sommelier:
    Following the successful completion of the course and receiving a passing grade, your Certificate will be issued. You will receive your Certificate the last day of your studies, along with the label pin.
    In the even that you misplace or damage the original Certificate, a duplicate copy will be issued after the payment of the appropriate fee.
  • Once the registration deadline has passed no late registrations will be accepted

Cancellation Terms & Policy

  • The program tuition is paid in full prior to the commencement of the course and applies only to the specific selected course. Tuition fees are non-transferrable to future courses.
  • The registration can be cancelled up to two (2) months before the course date. However, a minimum administrative charge, plus the cost and the postal expenses of the textbook, and the bank transfer charges will be deducted.
  • For fees paid by credit card, a handling fee of 3.5% of the paid course fee will be restrained.
  • Cancellation in less than two months before the course date will incur a 50% loss of the whole tuition fees amount.
  • Cancellation in less than a month and/ or after the start of the program will incur the loss of the whole tuition fees amount.
  • Any withdrawals are not refundable (course and/ or exam/s).
  • In the occasion due to force majeure, that the Greek Government applies restrictions and or lockdown to educational organizations and lessons are interrupted, as happened with the COVID-19 pandemic, registrations will be automatically transferred to the next available CMS Athens course, with no extra charge.
  • In the occasion that you are not able to attend the course due to coronavirus restrictions (lockdown) that may apply in your country of residence/origin, WSPC will automatically transferred your registration to the next available CMS Athens course, with no extra charge.
  • Liability: For accidents and other damages we can only inherit liabilities within the scope of the legal liability. We do not inherit liabilities for accidents and other damages on the way to and from the course venues. At tending excursions and visiting programmes etc. are at your own risk. Furthermore WSPC is not liable for lost clothing, valuables, etc.
  • WSPC maintains the right to cancel a course due to insufficient student enrollment. In such an event enrolled students will either be transferred to the next available course or will be refunded.
  • If the theory mark at the Introductory exam is below 60%, the candidate will not be able to take the Certified exam and will be refunded the amount of €210,00 (fees for certified exam first attempt).
  • Candidates who score higher than 60% on the Introductory exam, automatically sit the Certified exam on the same day. In case a candidate decides to withdraw from the Certified exam, although being successful at the introductory exam, WSPC maintains the right to fully examine any consequent refund request and to notify the student for the outcome within 5 working days.

Methods of Payment:

  • Bank Deposit
    1.Bank: ALPHA BANK
    Eden Mare Branch (155).
    Currency: Euro.
    Account/ Company Name: WSPC LTD.
    Account No.: 118-00-2330-000482
    IBAN: GR33 0140 1180 1180 0233 0000 482
    2.Bank: PIRAEUS BANK
    Sygrou Branch.
    Currency: Euro.
    Account/ Company Name: Wine & Spirit Professional Centre LTD/ Educational Organization.
    Account No.: 6727-113141-025
    IBAN: GR73 0171 7270 0067 2711 3141 025
    3.Bank: EUROBANK
    Currency: Euro
    Account/ Company Name: Wine & Spirit Professional Centre LTD/ Educational Organization.
    Account No.: 0026.0019.54.0201143015
    IBAN: GR06 0260 0190 0005 4020 1143 015

    When depositing the fees, candidates are required to complete their full name & details. In the case of the deposits made by Firms, the full company name & address must be shown.

  • Credit card: Visa & MasterCard

Main principles

The following expectations are designed to improve the quality of the WSPC classroom experience. We therefore ask our students to honor the following principles aimed at building a positive and productive learning environment based on mutual respect while in class.

Do not miss classes

Students that attend classes regularly are more likely to pass their exams – and with better grades. In case of absence, it is a student’s responsibility to catch up with notes, assignments and /or wines tasted in class that day.

Do not be late

Arriving on time to class is an act of respect for your fellow students and instructors. If, despite your best efforts, you arrive late, make sure you enter the classroom discreetly and pick the first available seat.

Come to class well prepared

Preparation before class is essential for a better understanding of the curricula. Students that turn in assignments on time build up their knowledge and increase the possibility of scoring higher at exams. Assignments not turned in within the deadline will not be accepted.

Turn your mobile off while in class

This is also a sign of respect. In case you are expecting an urgent call, you are kindly requested to inform your instructor at the beginning of the class and keep your mobile on silent mode. Upon call reception, please exit the class as discreetly as possible.

Please note that the use of portable electronic devices (mobile, laptop, MP3 player etc) while in class is not allowed, as can be distracting to faculty and students, may infringe upon privacy or copyright, and can have a negative effect on classroom discussions. The bottles of every wine flight tasted remain in display after class, so students may take photos of the labels for their convenience.

Avoid side conversations

This is common courtesy towards your classmates and instructors. Talking to each other may be distracting and counterproductive.

Avoid dominating discussion

Participation in class is important and queries enhance comprehension of the curricula. The time dedicated to Q&As is based on the instructor’s discretion. It is important that students respect the time set for queries during class, avoid talking out of turn and give others a fair opportunity to participate.


Important information about examinations

The Introductory Sommelier Examination comprises of:

  • a multiple-choice paper and
  • a short elementary practical service test.

The pass mark is 60%. The examination language is English.

The Certified Sommelier Examination comprises of:

  • a 40 multiple-choice and short answer paper
  • a blind tasting test of two wine samples
  • a practical service test.
    The pass mark is 60%, in each section and all three sections must be passed together. The examination language is English.

Candidates may contact WSPC and request the Exam Booking Form. The form must be completed and submitted to WSPC along with the appropriate fee within the given deadline. There is no limit on the number of attempts that may be made.
Candidates who have passed are not permitted to retake the Introductory and/ or Certified Exams to improve their grade.

Examination conditions and regulations
  1. Upon registration for an examination, candidates are deemed to acknowledge and agree to the following specific conditions:
    • at the start of the examination all candidates must supply the invigilator with proof of identity in the form of photographic ID, a valid passport or valid driver’s license
    • Candidates must have their own: pencil type HB2, eraser, sharpener
    • Candidates must have their own individual water bottle
    • the examination is to be completed in the time specified
    • no reference is to be made to any material, in whatever form, other than the examination question paper and answer sheet
    • once the invigilator has declared that examination conditions are in place, no communication of any kind between candidates is permitted until they have left the examination room or the invigilator has announced the end of the examination
    • during the examination candidates are only permitted to have the following items on their desk: tasting glasses, spittoon, pencils, erasers, and drinking water
    • it is prohibited for candidates to take any photographs of the examination room or examination materials
    • for tasting examinations candidates should not wear perfume, aftershave lotion or any other strong scent
    • the use of electronic devices of any kind is prohibited
    • mobile phones must not be on the examination desk, they must be switched off and placed out of sight
    • the use of dictionaries of any kind is prohibited
    • the use of audible ‘alarms’ on any clock or watch is prohibited
    • candidates may not leave the room until the first 15 minutes of the examination time have elapsed
    • candidates who arrive late may be allowed to enter the room at the discretion of the invigilator and only if other candidates are not compromised. Under normal circumstances we would not expect any candidate to be allowed to start the examination if they arrive more than 30 minutes after the published start time
    • candidates who arrive after the published start time will NOT be allowed to sit the examination if any other candidate has already left the examination
    • candidates may not leave, and then return to, the examination room once the examination has started unless they can be accompanied by an invigilator at all times while they are out of the examination room
    • candidates who complete the examination/assessment early may leave the examination room up until the last 10 minutes, providing they do not disturb other candidates; no re-admission is permitted
    • invigilators have no authority to comment upon, interpret, or express an opinion on any examination question
    • any candidate who is suspected of misconduct will be advised to leave the examination room immediately and their examination paper will be submitted to the Examination Panel to determine its validity
    • no examination question papers are to be removed from the examination room; candidates who fail to submit the question paper with their answer sheet will be deemed guilty of misconduct
    • it is prohibited for candidates to reveal the content of examination papers to others, or reproduce it in any way.
  2. Candidates agree to abide by the invigilator’s instructions. Failure to do so may render a candidate’s results invalid.
  3. CMS reserves the right to permanently exclude candidates found guilty of misconduct from CMS qualifications.
  4. Examination papers submitted for marking become the property of WSET Awards and will not be returned to candidates.
Receiving your Certificate from Court of Masters Sommelier:

Following the successful completion of the course and receiving a passing grade, your Certificate will be issued. You will receive your Certificate the last day of your studies, along with the label pin.
In the even that you misplace or damage the original Certificate, a duplicate copy will be issued after the payment of the appropriate fee.

Where does the course take place?

The course is held in Athens, at the highly impressive and spacious premises of WSPC at Paleo Faliro, an area less than 5km outside the city center. Click here for the virtual tour of the school.

How can I prepare for the course?

The recommended text book for the course is “Sales and Service for the Wine Professional” latest edition by Brian K. Julyan. This text book is issued as part of your course fees. Students are again reminded that the primary source for study is the CMS web portal and the Guild of Sommeliers website.
The following file will also help you better understand the courses requirements and organize your studying so as to achieve the best possible outcome on the day of your exams.

Specification | Court of Master Sommeliers

Is VAT included in the tuition fees?

WSPC is a certified educational body of the Greek Ministry of Education. No VAT is applied to certified educational organizations.

What do the tuition fees include?

Access to all study materials of the course, the textbook, your registration to CMS Europe, the first attempt to the Introductory & Certified exam fees, your Certificate(s), the wines and/ or spirit samples needed (we do not accept free samples) and all the organizational logistics of the program.

Are the expenses of accommodation included in the fees?

All accommodation and travel expenses, in any location, exclusively burden the students.

Are CMS courses available in other languages e.g. Greek?

No, CMS courses are available only in English.

Can I be absent?

No. Your presence is required on the day of the exams.

Can I sit directly for the Certified Examination?

No, firstly you should successfully complete the Introductory examination.

Can I resit if I fail or if I don’t attend the examination?

Candidates may contact WSPC and request the Exam Booking Form. The form must be completed and submitted to WSPC along with the appropriate fee within the given deadline. There is no limit to the number of attempts that may be made.

How can I get my Certificate?

Following the successful completion of the course and receiving a passing grade, your Certificate will be issued. You will receive your Certificate the last day of your studies, along with the label pin.

Can I pay with installments?

Yes. Through our e-shop (link) you can use your credit card and pay in installments.

What will happen if the classes are interrupted due to force majeure, as happened with the COVID-19 pandemic?

In the occasion that the Greek Government imposes restrictions and or lockdown to educational organizations and in-person classes are interrupted, registrations will be automatically transferred to the next available CMS Athens course, with no extra charge.

Vice Head of WSPC Education - Principal of WSPC Spirits School

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