CAPS Certified Sommelier Program

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Our CAPS Certified Sommelier Program – offered in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) – provides advanced professional development for those aspiring to be sommeliers. Professional sommeliers are well-versed in food and wine pairing and have an in-depth knowledge of other beverages and how they relate to food. Successful sommeliers design, develop and execute customized wine programs for a variety of establishments. They ensure the positive development of customer, staff and business relationships that support and promote responsible operational success. This CAPS program takes just over a year to complete, and the initial courses in wine production methods and sensory development introduce you to the skills and concepts that are fundamental to the later courses.


Award Eligibility:

The LCBO Spirit of Inclusion Initiative Award is designed to create opportunities for diverse historically gender-marginalized people (woman, transgender, non-binary, or gender diverse people) to enter, advance, and thrive in the winery, brewery, and distillery fields. This award is open to students in this program who self-identify as historically gender-marginalized people (woman, transgender, non-binary, or gender diverse people) from a diverse background currently under-represented in the beverage alcohol industry (such as Black, Indigenous, or racialized people; people experiencing disabilities; newcomers; or 2SLGBTQIA+). To apply, you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected person, and you must fill out the LCBO Spirit of Inclusion Initiative Award PDF application form and send it via email to

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Admission Requirement(s)

You must secure formal admission (see How To Apply) before you can register for courses. Obtaining admission is dependent upon meeting these admission requirements:

How to Apply

You can complete the CAPS Certified Sommelier Program PDF registration application form and submit it to the department co-ordinator at The deadline for the 2023-24 academic year is Friday, August 4, 2023. You will be contacted with the details about the entrance exam after you submit your application.

Completion Details

Once you have completed the course requirements, you must complete a stage experience. Once you have completed all the requirements of this program (including the stage experience), you can request to receive a joint certificate from CAPS and George Brown College. You will also receive sommelier certification from CAPS.

Additional Information

For more information, attend a CAPS Certified Sommelier information session.

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