Court of Master Sommeliers

South Island Scholarship -Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS)

Level 1 Introduction June 2017


NZSWP is pleased to announce that it has two scholarships for this programme funded by the Hospitality Training Trust. The successful applicants must be working in hospitality businesses based in the South Island.

Scholarship: Return flights to Auckland, 2 nights accommodation and course fees: Value  $1650

To apply please email Celia Hay -

Please send your CV with a supporting letter to explain how this scholarship would help develop your career in hospitality A reference from your employer would strengthen this application. 

Applications close: Tuesday 6 June 6  2017 at 9am



The Court of Master Sommeliers certification training and exams will be available in Auckland in June 2017. This is a great opportunity for people working with wine to extend and develop their skills. 



The lectures are presented by Master Sommeliers along with wine tastings and practical service demonstrations.

The examination comprises a multiple-choice theoretical paper and a short elementary practical service test.

Introductory Sommelier (Level 1)       15, 16 June 2017  Service Exam 17 June                           Cost:$850


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. This is a serious qualification for those directly employed in the hospitality sector and working as a sommelier.

Certified Sommelier Examination:  17 June 2017 exam - Cost $500

The examination is open to all candidates who have passed the Introductory Level One.

  • Short written theory paper of 40 multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Practical service test
  • Tasting test consisting of two wines tasted blind, and answered on a tasting grid.                           

In New Zealand, Cameron Douglas MS runs these programmes on behalf of the Court of Master Sommeliers.

To register please email Cameron Douglas MS

It is highly recommended that all sommeliers and participants join the Guild of Sommeliers, a US nonprofit organisation with open membership for all wine professionals. It uses the trademarks of the Guild of Sommeliers. 


The Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) is a certification body for wine service professionals—after passing all four levels (Introductory, Certified, Advanced, Master) of CMS exams candidates receive the Master Sommelier designation.


The examination comprises three parts:

  • Theory: 24 multiple choice and 60 short answer questions in 60 minutes
  • Practical tasting: 6 wines tasted blind in 25 minutes
  • Practical service: 45 minutes 


Throughout the examination, the candidate must exhibit an exemplary standard of both technical and social skills, demonstrating the courtesy and charm of a Master Sommelier plus an ability to sell.

Examinations are held annually in London and the USA.