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. 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. Our CAPS Certified Sommelier Program takes just over a year to complete and provides advanced professional development for those aspiring to be sommeliers. The initial courses in wine production methods and sensory development introduce you to the skills and concepts that are fundamental to the later courses.
This program is offered by George Brown College Continuing Education in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS).
You must secure formal admission (see Application Process) before you can register for courses. Obtaining admission is dependent upon meeting these admission requirements:
- You must be familiar with the basic principles of grape growing and wine making, the major grape varietals, the major appellations and the current food and wine trends and issues.
- You must have completed our HOST 9008 Wines 1 course and our HOST 9009 Wines 2 course or you must have completed our HOST 9159 WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or you must pass a theoretical and practical entrance exam that includes blind tasting or you must provide a record of your grades from any approved wine programs you have completed at other recognized institutions.
How to Apply
You must complete the CAPS Certified Sommelier Program PDF registration application form and submit it to the department co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The co-ordinator will determine if you can register in the first course directly or if you must take an entrance exam.
Once you have completed the course requirements, you must complete a stage experience. Once you have completed all the requirements of this program, you can request to receive a joint certificate from CAPS and George Brown College. You will also receive sommelier certification from CAPS.
Core Courses (Eight)
This is the required completion order:
- HOST 9111 Methods of Wine Production
- HOST 9112 Sensory Development and Wine Styles
- HOST 9115 Spirits and Other Beverages
- HOST 9113 Wine Regions of the World: Old World
- HOST 9114 Wine Regions of the World: New WorldOnline Option
- HOST 9116 Sommelier Management
- HOST 9161 Sommelier Certification Exam
- HOST 9028 Smart ServeOnline
Attend a CAPS Certified Sommelier information session, or contact the Continuing Education Hospitality & Culinary Arts department at 416-415-5000, ext. 2517, at email@example.com or by visiting their office at St. James Campus, 300 Adelaide St. E., Building B (SJB), Room 136.