Master sommelier career path mapped out

18 September 2015

If you're a sommelier with plans to reach the heights of your profession, there are a few different paths you can take. Now, thanks to a partnership between the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS), that journey might be a little clearer.

The two organisations have jointly published a recommended career path for sommeliers in the UK. The document, available via the WSET and CMS websites, gives a recommended and alternative path for somms to ultimately reach the title of CMS Master Sommelier.

'This partnership is the culmination of prolonged discussions between the WSET and the CMS to clarify for wine service professionals the training options they should access to become the best in the field of sommelerie,' said Ian Harris, chief executive of the WSET. 'There is a natural synergy between the two organisations: the WSET offers accredited qualifications based on robust product knowledge and the CMS a suite of service qualifications which are second-to-none – and both organisations have global reach.'

'We are delighted to be working with a professional body that is as highly regarded as the WSET,' said CMS chief operating officer Ronan Sayburn MS. 'The wine trade is large and varied but the role of sommelier falls more into the hospitality industry in the early stages of someone’s career. Our exams are designed for those with a solid hospitality background and who wish to specialise in wine and wine service. Both our organisations are working to make this more understandable to students.'

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