Sommelier Certificate Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take the course?

Attendees of the program have included executives working for the world's largest olive oil producers to farmers with just a few trees - and everyone in between: Distributors, retailers, restaurateurs, chefs, food service professionals, legal and quality control professionals and enthusiasts. And many have been inspired to embark on entirely new paths and initiatives with their new expertise.

How many days is the complete course?

The complete course is 5 consecutive days.

How much does the course cost?

The tuition is $2800.

When is the next course offered?

August 24-28, 2020 - New York, USA

January 18-22, 2021 - London, England

What topics will be covered?

The program spans olive cultivation and harvesting, production, chemistry, health benefits, culinary applications, quality assurance, marketing and sensory evaluation -- everything you must know to be a knowledgeable authority on this complex and important subject.

Is there a final test?

Yes, the last day is reserved mostly for proficiency testing which must be successfully completed to receive the certificate. But by then, you will know more than you ever thought possible.

Additional dates to be announced

Which oils will we taste?

The Olive Oil Sommelier Certificate Program is organized by the Olive Oil Times Education Lab, which maintains the world's largest collection of high-quality olive oils. During the 5-day program, you will analyze well over one hundred oils from every producing region to expose you to a comprehensive spectrum of sensory characteristics. No other olive oil education program provides such an international scope and instruction.

What can I do with the certification?

You can change the world. You will be a point of reference and expertise for your company, community, region and even country. You will be part of a growing international network of impassioned experts and educators who are making great things happen in their ventures and far beyond.

What if I have questions?

Just click on the live support button at the bottom of the page to chat with our support team.

How do I register?

You can enroll directly on the Education Lab website.

Is there a deadline to enroll?

All courses are limited to 40 participants and they sell out early.  Register today to ensure your spot in the next program.

How can I get updates for future courses?

Easy. Just join our mailing list and you'll be the first to know when new courses are added to the schedule.

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