Master Cicerone Overview
The Master Cicerone exam challenges individuals to master every technical and aesthetic aspect of beer. Candidates must converse with professional brewers and chefs as a peer, demonstrate the tasting ability of a seasoned quality control panel member and yet also speak with consumers using easy-to-understand but vividly descriptive language. Those who possess these skills serve the industry as consultants, educators and knowledge leaders in various organizations.
Prerequisites: Prior to 2018, preference will be given to Advanced Cicerones in accepting candidates for the Master Cicerone exam, but depending on demand from Advanced Cicerones, some Certified Cicerones may still have an opportunity to sit the exam through 2017. Beginning in 2018, all candidates for the Master Cicerone exam must have passed the Advanced Cicerone™ exam. Candidates for this level of certification must be of legal drinking age.
Exam Cost: Initial test: $995 (USD); Retakes $796 (USD). Exam fees are nonrefundable.
Passing Score: A grade of 85% overall is required to pass. For more detailed information please see Master Cicerone® Exam Scoring Breakdown further down the page.
Postponement/Rescheduling: If you're postponing more than 6 months from your exam date, you will be charged a rescheduling fee of 50% of your registration, and will get the remainder of your fee in a coupon code towards another Master Cicerone registration.
If you're postponing less than 6 months from your exam date or if you fail to attend the exam you are registered for without previously contacting a member of the Cicerone Certification Program staff, you forfeit your entire registration.
Master Cicerone exams are given one or two times each year in Chicago. Exam spots are awarded by lottery. More than a dozen industry experts participate in conducting and grading each exam.
Candidates for Master Cicerone will participate in a two-day examination that includes multiple written, oral and tasting components. The written component will consist of essay questions where candidates demonstrate the depth and breadth of their knowledge in each portion of the Master Syllabus. Oral examinations will be conducted by industry experts and often involve hands-on demonstrations of knowledge. Taste assessments will include an extensive range of off-flavors, blind assessment of beer styles and descriptive analysis of blind samples. Overall, a grade of 85% or better is required to pass the Master Cicerone exam.