Certified Specialist of Spirits Training Program

Certified Specialist of Spirits Training Program
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Certified Specialist of Spirits Training Program 

This product is not available for discount. Registration Deadline is midnight on Monday, January 16, 2017.


This is a 3-Session Course.  
Next course dates are:

January 22, 29, and February 5, 2017 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm

The Exam must be taken within two months of completion of your course at any 
Pearson Testing Center.





Founded in 1977, the Society of Wine Educators is one of the leading professional certification organizations in the field of wine and spirits. The Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) is a certification denoting the holder has mastered a wide base of knowledge on all topics in the world of spirits. The CSS is widely recognized and regarded by the international wine and spirits industry.

This 3-session program consists of lectures, educational exercises and activities followed by a practice exam. The material is comprehensive, and the course is delivered at a fast pace, requiring a commitment to learning on the part of the student. Successful candidates earn the CSS credential, along with a certificate and pin.

This program is recommended for industry personnel and consumers who are passionate about spirits and would like to expand their knowledge. The CSS is also a perfect first step to gain on solid ground regarding spirits before tackling high-level general credentials (e.g., Advanced Sommelier, CSE, WSET Diploma, etc.).


About the Exam:

The rigorous CSS exam tests a candidate's spirits knowledge and mastery of key elements within the world of distillation and spirits production. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions which must be completed within the one (1) hour allotted time. There are no prerequisites required to take the CSS Exam. Successful candidates who achieve a score of 75% or better are entitled to use the CSS post-nominal as part of their professional signature. 


Benefits of Professional Development and Certification Programs:

Increased knowledge and self confidence.

Enhanced credibility on the job.

Satisfaction in attaining a personal goal.

Specialized knowledge to help attendees stay competitive.


Program Includes:

  • Three (3) professionally conducted 8-hour sessions 
  • Projected Lectures, learning activities/games
  • Copy of all Lecture Slides
  • Review session and practice final exam
  • The NEW 2016 Edition SWE CSS Study Guide (200 pages) including color photographs and colorful distillation maps
  • The exam registration fee
  • Certificate and pin upon succesful completion of the exam

*Trade discounts will not be offered on this program.

This class will be held at Vino Venue, home of Atlanta Wine School, located at:

4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

View a map of our location.