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Certificate of Sommelier Service


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Whether you work in the hospitality industry, wish to learn about the role of an Australian sommelier or are simply a wine enthusiast, this course is ideal for you.

The Certificate of Sommelier Service is an online professional development program that will provide you with specialist training in the field of sommelier.

This online sommelier course will cover knowledge of both Australian and imported wine and skills in the sales and service of wine. You will discover the types and styles of wines, as well as wine regions and terminology and food and beverage pairing.

In addition, this sommelier course will give you important skills and knowledge in the service and sale of beers, spirits and liquors.

On completion of this course you will feel confident in the service and sale of wine, beer, spirits and liquors in the retail space or hospitality industry.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Provide advice on Australian wines

  • Characteristics of Australian wines
  • Major and emerging wine regions
  • Wine serving temperature
  • Types of wine glasses and correct use
  • Wine aromas and appearance
  • Wine defects
  • Off colours and turbidity
  • Presenting wine to potential customers
  • Corporate customers
  • Knowing the wine product
  • Winery tours
  • Imported wines
  • Temperature control
  • Humidity, light and Vibration
  • Smoke affected wines
  • Cloudiness and oxidation
  • Alcohol and fruit flavour
  • Production methods
  • Reading wine labels
  • Wine characteristics
  • Assisting customers
  • Wine and food matching
  • Trade shows and wine events
  • Wine tastings
  • Networking and publications
  • Customer profiling
  • Introducing new wine styles
  • Events and festivals
  • Customer advice
  • Selecting suppliers

Unit 2 – Provide advice on imported wines

  • Evaluate imported wines
  • Characteristics of imported wines
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Mouth feel
  • Viticulture
  • Wine production methods
  • Fermentation
  • Bottling, corking
  • Vintage
  • Appellations
  • Storing wine
  • Cellaring conditions
  • Record keeping
  • Communication
  • Business considerations
  • Research information
  • Customer trends

Unit 3 - Wine Service

  • Wine knowledge
  • Types and styles of wine
  • Wine regions
  • Wine recommendations
  • Alcohol levels and sweetness
  • Pairing wine and food
  • Opening and pouring wine
  • White wines and chilled rose styled wines
  • Red wine
  • Sparkling wine
  • Dessert wines
  • Decanting wine
  • Recognising impaired quality
  • Cork faults
  • Sulphites
  • Tannins and tartrates
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
  • Refusing service of alcohol
  • Intoxicated / disorderly patrons

Unit 4 - Provide advice on food and beverage matching

  • Evaluate foods and beverages
  • Australian and imported wines
  • Australian wine styles
  • Wine and food matching
  • Beers, spirits and liqueurs
  • Malt, Hops, Yeast, Spirits
  • How cooking affects pairing
  • How food features affect interactions
  • Basic pairing
  • Alcohol in cooking
  • Provide advice on compatibility
  • Acidity balance
  • Fruit flavours
  • Price preferences
  • Menus and wine lists
  • Maintaining stock levels
  • Business considerations
  • Ethical aspects
  • Extend own knowledge
  • Networking opportunities
  • Publications
  • Association memberships
  • Identify customer trends
  • Customer profiling
  • Customer feedback

Unit 5 - Provide advice on beers, spirits and liqueurs

  • Evaluate beers, spirits and Liquors
  • Beer characteristics
  • Spirits
  • Fermented beverages
  • Distilled beverages
  • Liqueurs
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Handling and storage
  • Safety
  • Monitor product quality
  • Advise customers
  • Malts
  • Hops
  • Yeast
  • Main beer styles
  • Cocktails
  • Types of liqueur
  • Matching food and drink
  • Supplier arrangements


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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  • Sommelier
  • Restaurant Sommelier
  • Bartender


  • Best value option
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  • $150 deposit
  • $30/week
  • No credit checks required