Court of Master Sommeliers - Certified

The Certified Sommelier qualification is the primary certification for wine and beverage professionals in the Hospitality Industry and is intended to provide a meaningful qualification for the working Sommelier. The examination will recognize beverage professionals whose knowledge, skills and demeanor are worthy of the title – Certified Sommelier.

The pre-requisite for the examination is the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier Certificate. Candidates who wish to take the Certified Sommelier Certificate must do so within three years of passing the Introductory Certificate.

Date and time: April 27th 2023

Location: Oslo city center. All hotels in Oslo city center is close by. 

Fee: NOK 3700

Examination language: English

About the Court of Master Sommeliers certification

Only 274 people in the world hold the prestigious title Master Sommelier. Norsk Sommelier Utdannelse(NSU) 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.

Stage 2: Certified Sommelier Examination: a one-day exam.

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

Certified Sommelier Examination – 1 Day

The objectives of the Certified Sommelier qualification:

  • To create a minimum standard of service and knowledge for the Hospitality Industry.
  • To provide successful candidates with credentials to show employers their skills have been evaluated at a high level of proficiency by the leading authority on beverage service – the Internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide.
  • To create a certification that provides all successful candidates with a sense of accomplishment while providing the most dedicated students an opportunity to further their education and skills at the Advanced and Masters levels.

The Certified Sommelier Examination comprises three parts:

  • Short written theory paper of 40 multiple choice and short answer questions.

The pass mark is 60% in each section. All three sections must be passed together. The theory paper is at a higher level than the Introductory Sommelier Certificate exam.


NOK 3500*

The fee includes

• Coffee, tea, water.

• Wines for tasting

• Diploma and lapel pin

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

Next course date and location

Oslo│ 2023

Time: 09AM - 05PM


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.

If you are approved for Examination for Certified Sommelier the fee must be paid in full before attending the Certified exam.

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