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Advanced Cicerone Overview

The third level of Advanced Cicerone was introduced in 2015 to distinguish those individuals who had advanced their knowledge to an expert level. We anticipate running a UK Advanced exam in 2017 and hope to stage one in Canada soon as well. Other international sites will be assessed based upon demand. 

Those who achieve this certification possess expert knowledge of beer and excellent tasting ability. Such knowledge generally results from several years of additional study and tasting after achieving Certified Cicerone®. Well-prepared candidates will have excellent and extensive style knowledge, hands-on experience managing beer service, direct familiarity with brewing process and ingredients, and frequent and repeated experience in beer and food pairing.

Prerequisites: Must have passed the Certified Cicerone exam. Candidates for this level of certification must be of legal drinking age.

Exam Cost: AUS$1060 

Passing Score: A grade of 80% overall and at least 75% on the tasting portion are required to pass. For more detailed information please see Advanced Cicerone™ Exam Scoring Breakdown further down the page. 

Exam Details

This one-day exam is given regularly in the US with a limited number of international locations. There are no plans to stage an Advanced Cicerone exam in Australia in the next 18-24 months. When the population of Certified Cicerones gets big enough, we will look at conducting an exam in Australia. 


Advanced Cicerone™ Preparation

Advanced Cicerone™ Syllabus

The Advanced Cicerone™ Syllabus presents an outline of the knowledge tested in the exam. Review it to guide your studies and assess your readiness for the exam.

Knowledge Area Responsibilities

Candidates for Advanced Cicerone certification must demonstrate expert knowledge of all issues related to brewing, beer, and beer service. The full Advanced Cicerone syllabus is your guide to preparation.  All of the resources recommended for the Certified Cicerone exams should be considered in your preparation for the Advanced Cicerone exam in addition to more advanced resources including many of those recommended for Master Cicerone® Exam preparation. In-depth theoretical and hands-on practical knowledge of draft systems of all types is required. Comprehensive and in-depth beer style knowledge is expected including tasting experience with multiple commercial examples of each style. Candidates must be able to recognize a specific list of off flavours as given in the syllabus. AROXA™ flavor standards will be used in testing.

Travel to classic beer producing areas in Europe can be beneficial. Brewing beer alone or with others can help to ensure thorough knowledge of the brewing process and its variations. Experience preparing and presenting beer and food pairings is strongly recommended. Throughout the exam, candidates will be expected to describe beer (and food) flavours using concrete and specific terms that accurately cover the full spectrum of flavor.

Advanced Cicerone Scoring Breakdown

Those preparing for the Advanced Cicerone exam should be sure to review the Advanced Cicerone Syllabus. This syllabus outlines all the knowledge that may be tested during the exam and is organized into five knowledge areas:

  • Keeping and Serving Beer (20%)
  • Beer Styles (22.5%)
  • Beer Flavor and Evaluation (22.5%)
  • Beer Ingredients and Brewing Processes (20%)
  • Pairing Beer with Food (15%)

Overall, the Advanced Cicerone exam will be graded so that each of these knowledge areas accounts for a certain portion of the overall grade as shown in parenthesis after each section above.


  Written Exam Oral Exam Tasting Exam
Keeping and Serving Beer 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Beer Styles 17.50% 5.00% 0.00%
Beer Flavor and Evaluation 7.50% 0.00% 15.00%
Beer Ingredients and Brewing Processes 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Pairing Beer with Food 10.00% 5.00% 0.00%
Totals percentage of overall score 75.00% 10.00% 15.00%

Exam Schedule & Details

Advanced Cicerone exams are given 10 to 12 times each year at sites across the United States, as well as at select international sites. Exam spots are awarded by lottery.

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