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?
January 20-25, 2019 - London, England
May 13-18, 2019 - New York, New York
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. (Read about some of them on our blog.)
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.
Are meals served during the course?
Light catered lunches (generally sandwiches, soups and salads) are provided. Lunch menus are designed to preserve the palate for the afternoon tasting sessions. In other words, they are very lightly seasoned.
Where should I stay in London?
There are many hotel choices in and around the Bloomsbury district of central London where the course will be held. One very close hotel you might consider is the Grange Beauchamp Hotel.
What do I need to bring to the course?
If you have a laptop or tablet, it would be helpful (but not necessary) for the online olive oil tasting application we will be using. A smartphone will also work. If you have none of these, that's okay too. We will have extras on hand. Other than that, come as you are.
Is there anything else I should know?
On the evening of Wednesday, January 23, there will be a culinary event and reception after regular course hours -- from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM.
London - January 20-25, 2019
Are there any prerequisites?
The only requirement is that you are able to speak and understand English.
Read a letter about the London course from our executive director.