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Certified Beer Server Overview

Great beer service begins with the fundamentals: beer clean glassware, a proper pour, and beer that hasn’t been ruined by improper handling. When properly executed, these elements showcase the beer as the brewer intended. And in today’s beer world, every dialog between server and guest begins with talk of beer styles and flavors. The Cicerone Certified Beer Server exam assesses these skills to recognize those individuals who are best prepared to sell or serve a wide range of beers.

How to Get Started

First, download the syllabus. Then, study using BeerSavvy Online or on your own. Log on to take the exam when you are prepared. 

Learning Outcomes

1. Become conversant in the language of beer, including key flavor words and core beer styles

2. Master the details of beer service, including glass preparation and proper pouring of both draft and bottled beers

3. Learn the three most common ways the flavor of beer can be ruined after it leaves the brewery and what must be done to prevent this from happening 


Prerequisites: None

Exam Cost: $79 (USD) 

Exam Versions

The Certified Beer Server exam is available in several different languages. In some cases, exam content has been adapted to the practices of a specific beer market (US, Canada, and UK). If you live outside of one of these regions, we recommend taking the International version of the exam in the language that best suits your needs:

  • English (US, Canada, UK, International)
  • Chinese (International)
  • Dutch (International)
  • French (International)
  • Korean (International)
  • Portuguese (International)
  • Spanish (International)

Exam Details

Prior to taking the Certified Beer Server exam, candidates must pass a 5-question quiz about the Cicerone® Certification Program. A score of 100% is required to pass, but this short quiz can be taken multiple times if necessary.

The Certified Beer Server exam is an online exam consisting of 60 multiple choice questions. These questions cover topics presented on the Certified Beer Server syllabus. A score of 75% (at least 45 questions correct) is required to pass. This is a closed book exam. Candidates are not allowed to refer to any notes, reference materials or accept assistance or advice from anyone else while taking the exam. The exam has a 30-minute time limit. Candidates taking the exam in a language that is not their first, or have special needs, may contact to request a time extension.

Purchase of the Certified Beer Server exam includes two attempts to achieve a passing score. Exam fees are non-refundable.

Certified Beer Server Exam Policies

Other Certification Levels

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Level 3
A designation of distinctive expertise and tasting skill.