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Advanced Cicerone Overview

The 3rd-level rank of Advanced Cicerone was introduced in 2015 to distinguish those individuals who had advanced their knowledge to an expert level. 

To achieve this certification, you must demonstrate expert beer knowledge and excellent tasting ability. Well-prepared candidates will have extensive style knowledge, familiarity with beer service management, experience with brewing processes and ingredients, and expertise in cuisine and pairing beer with food.

Prerequisites:

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

Exam Cost: First time written $575 (CAD pre-tax); First time tasting $505 (CAD pre-tax); Retake written $505 (CAD pre-tax); Retake tasting $405 (CAD pre-tax). Exam fees are non-refundable. Candidates have the option to take the written exam online during a remotely proctored exam session.

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. 

Postponement, Rescheduling 

Please see our Exam Policies page for rescheduling and postponement options.

Exam Details

Advanced Cicerone candidates complete an online written exam and in-person tasting and oral exams. The written component consists of various question formats, from multiple choice to essays. Two oral examinations will be conducted and will cover various aspects of the syllabus. Tasting panels include off-flavour identification, beer style discrimination, and descriptive analyses of samples. A grade of 80% overall and at least 75% on the tasting portion are required to pass the Advanced Cicerone exam.

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 

Advanced Cicerone candidates must demonstrate expert knowledge of all issues related to brewing, beer, and beer service. The Advanced Cicerone syllabus is your preparation guide. Consider reviewing Certified Cicerone exam study materials in addition to more advanced resources, including some recommended for Master Cicerone® preparation. In-depth theoretical and hands-on practical knowledge of draft systems is required. Comprehensive beer style knowledge is expected, including familiarity with multiple commercial examples of each style. Candidates must be able to identify the beer flavour compounds listed on the syllabus by taste. We use AROXA™ flavour standards in testing.

Brewing beer alone or with others can reinforce your understanding of the brewing process and its variations. Experience preparing and presenting beer and food pairings is valuable. Throughout the exam, candidates must describe beer (and food) flavours using concrete and specific terms that accurately cover the full flavour spectrum."

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%

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