Sommelier Certification 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 program consists of two, 3-day courses. The complete course is 6 consecutive days.
How much does the course cost?
The tuition for each level is $1400. So the complete course (2 levels) is $2800.
Can I take one level only?
You must take Level 1 before Level 2. You can take Level 1 only and return to take Level 2 at a later date, but it is better to take them together.
When is the next course offered?
September 16-21, 2019 - San Francisco, California
January 20-25, 2020 - 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 of Level 2 is reserved for proficiency testing which must be successfully completed to receive certification. But by then, you will know more than you even thought possible.
Additional dates to be announced
Which oils will we taste?
The Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program is organized by the Olive Oil Times Education Lab, which maintains the world's largest collection of high-quality olive oils. During the 6-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.