Court of Master Sommeliers - Introductory

This is the first level at which all prospective Master Sommeliers should begin. Students who pass the course are eligible to register for Court of Master Sommeliers - Certified.

Course dates and timeApril 25th - 27th 2023 08.00AM - 06.00PM (05.00PM last day)

Location: Oslo, Norway. All hotels in city center will be close by.

Fee: NOK 8500 for Introductory + Book postage fee track and trace.

Language of instruction: English

About the Court of Master Sommeliers certification

Only 274 people in the world hold the prestigious title Master Sommelier. Norsk Sommelier Utdannelse is the only course provider in Norway, to offer the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) certification. NSU offers stages 1 and 2 out of the 4 CMS certification stages:

Stage 1: Introductory Sommelier Certificate: the course is run over two days with the examinations held on the morning of the third day.  Pass mark is 60%

Stage 2: Certified Sommelier Examination: a one-day exam Pass mark is 60%

You can read about the key differences between the Master of Wine and the Master Sommelier certification in this Michelin Guide article.

Introductory Sommelier Certificate – 3 Days

Candidates who satisfactorily gain this certificate will be able to:

    • explain the factors which contribute towards the quality of wines.
    • describe the characteristics of the wines from the main wine producing countries of the world.
    • demonstrate an understanding of the wine classification and control systems in current use.
    • interpret wine label terms.
    • state the basic ingredients and flavors of apéritifs, spirits and liqueurs.
    • demonstrate an awareness of beers, saké and other beverages.
    • demonstrate the correct service of wine and other beverages.
    • demonstrate a basic competence in selling and matching wines with foods.
    • identify the requirements of the Advanced Sommelier Certificate.

The content of the course covers:

    • elementary practices in the vineyard and winemaking procedures.
    • the grape varieties, origins, specific winemaking procedures and classifications for all the major wines of the world.
    • the production, raw materials and flavors of Spirits and liqueurs.
    • technical skills of wine service.
    • importance of social skills.
    • fundamentals of matching wines with food.
    • an introduction to the skills of wine tasting.

The lectures are presented by Master Sommeliers using a Power Point format interspersed with wine tastings, and a practical service demonstration.


The examination comprises a multiple-choice theoretical paper plus a short elementary practical service test. The pass mark for each part of this examination is 60%.

Course fee

NOK 8500*

The course includes

• Text book: Sales and Service for the Wine Professional by Brian K Julyan MS

• Lunch and fruit

• Coffee, tea and water

• Over 40 wines tasted

• Course materials

• Diploma and lapel pin on passed exam.

* The fee is set by the exchange rate on the day of purchase

Next course date and location

Oslo: April 25th- 27th 2023

Time: 08.00AM - 06.00PM (05.00PM last day)


Watch the trailer from the documentary "SOMM"

"Somm is the story of four Sommeliers attempting to pass the Prestigious Master Sommelier Exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The exam covers literally anything having to do with the entire world of wine and that is just the beginning."

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before you register.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of course registration must be in writing and submitted to Please make sure that your cancellation is received. Please note that registration is only 100% secure after the fee is paid and confirmed.

If you cancel your course registration, regardless of reason, a NOK 2500 cancellation fee applies per student. If an applicant cancels enrolment up to 90 days prior to the commencement of the course, the applicant will incur the loss of 50% of the full course fee.
Any cancellations received within 89 days of the scheduled start date of the course or examination in which the applicant is enrolled will incur a 100% cancellation fee. The price of the book will not be refunded. For students resident outside of Norway there will be an extra fee for postage of the book by track and trace. Estimate in Europe, 25 euros. All bank and transfer costs must be payed 100% by the students. 

Course cancellation

In case of too few registrations, Norsk Sommelier Utdannelse can cancel courses up to 2 weeks before the first course date (this happens very rarely). In case of cancellation, course and examination fees will be refunded immediately. 

More information

If you have any questions about the Master Sommelier Certificates, registration or other subjects, please contact Nina Deberitz at NSU: 

Phone + 47 930 55 667