Earn your Sommelier certificate through CAPS

The Sommelier profession offers an exciting and rewarding career in the hospitality and tourism industries in the areas of wine and beverage management, sales, marketing, and all aspects of wine and beverage service.

CAPS offers its Sommelier program at both George Brown College and Niagara College. Upon successful completion students receive a joint certificate from CAPS and the college where the student is registered. The CAPS Sommelier certificate is recognized as a mark of professionalism in all 55 Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) countries.

CAPS Ontario continues to welcome all certified sommeliers as members of the association. Certification can come from many sources, including the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS), the International Sommelier Guild (ISG), formerly known as the Canadian Sommelier Guild, and certification programs from other recognized programs within Canada and around the world.

Students are granted a complementary one-year membership to CAPS. This membership provides full membership privileges with the exception of voting rights.

Academic Year 2021 – 2022

Since 2005, for those looking to be certified, CAPS Ontario, as part of its mandate, has offered a one-year Sommelier Certification program. 

The program is made up of three components:

A. the Academic Program,

B. the Stage, and

C. the Final Certification Exam.

Upon successful completion of all components, students will be granted their certification. Students must attain a mark of 70% or higher in each module and 75% in each of the three major components of the Final Certification Exam, as well as a pass on the Stage.

CAPS is a member of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale/International Sommellerie Association (ASI) with 55 member countries and 4 observer countries (www.asi.info).

Disclaimer: The above information is intended as a guideline only and is subject to change. For specific details please contact Bruce Wallner, CAPS Director of Education, at education@on.sommelierscanada.ca