Certified Beercierge

Certified Exam(s)

In order to take this exam, you will need to already be an Apprentice Beercierge, having taken the exam within the past 12 months. If it’s been longer than 12 months since becoming an Apprentice Beercierge, you’ll need to retake the exam before being able to register for and complete this level of examination


Online Exam (pass this first)

  • 45 Minutes, 90 Questions
  • P/NP (80% to pass)
  • If you don’t pass the exam, you can retake it for a reduced rate of $50, but you must wait 90 days. If you don’t pass the exam the second time, you can retake it for $50, but you must wait 180 days.

In-Person Exam

  • Written (4 questions; 35 minutes)
  • Salesmanship (real experiences and customer interactions; sell by style, country, region, beer & food pairings, hospitality interactions; 25 minutes)
  • Tasting (via a Beercierge grid; taste and identify four beers in 30 minutes)
  • P/NP (80% to pass)

The Certified In-Person Exam must be taken within 180 days of taking the Certified Online Exam. If it is not, you’ll need to retake this exam, but can do so for a reduced fee of $50. There is no time hold between the Certified Online Exam and the In-Person Exams. You can take them back to back, if you like, but you must allow time for evaluation and acceptance or your Online Exam. Our recommendation is allow at least 72 business hours between exams. When you register for the Certified Beercierge Exam(s), you can select times and dates for both exams. You may opt to register for the In-Person portion later, after taking the Online Exam. In-Person Exams will be given in Belmont, MA at The Society of Master Beercierge (85 Leonard Street, Lower Level) and various sites

Recommended Reading List:

  • Tasting Beer
  • Setting The Table
  • Beer Pairing (Herz & Conley)
  • The Beer Bible (Jeff Alworth)
  • Draught Quality Manual (Brewer’s Association)
  • BJCP 2015 Beer Style Guidelines (specific focus on quantitative values and ingredients),
  • Categories: 1C-D, 3B-D, 4A-B, 5B, 5D, 6A-B, 7A-B, 8A-B, 9A, 9C, 10A-C, 11A-C, 12C, 13B-C, 14C, 15A-B, 16A-B, & D, 17A-D, 18A-B, 19A-C, 20A-C, 21A, 22A-C, 23A-F, 24A-C, 25A-C, 26A-D, and 27A

*The Oxford Companion to Beer is a highly recommended reference book for anyone looking to advance their understanding of beer, though not required to be read in its entirety.*