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Sommelier Accreditation

We offer the highest level of sommelier certification in the United States. Our programs are comparable to the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, with many significant improvements. The National Wine School is the only educational service offering Federal and State-compliant sommelier certification programs. Our clients include colleges, universities, and regional wine schools.

Federal ANSI Compliance


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Our programs are designed to work within University and College infrastructures. Our programs are deployed by dozens of schools to supplement current wine education programs. Our ANSI-compliant sommelier certification programs are SCORM-ready and designed for usability.

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The National Wine School offers professional sommelier certification programs and certification for the wine trade. We provide professional accreditation for sommeliers, winemakers, and the entire wine trade.

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Sommelier Certification Levels
We offer five levels of sommelier credentials, from Level One to Level Five. To earn your Sommelier Pin, you need to successfully complete your L3 certification. You must earn your L4 Sommelier certification to receive the Advanced Sommelier Pin.

Online & In-Person Sommelier Programs

We offer two types of wine programs. Our asynchronous online classes are designed to be taken by students at their own pace. Anyone can purchase these, as the wine courses are entirely online. Our in-person programs are held at colleges and universities across the United State. Our programs are also offered at a limited number of regional wine schools, as well.

From Winemaking to Sommelier Certifications
From Winemaking to Sommelier Certifications

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Educating Sommeliers & Winemakers since 2012

The National Wine School offers online sommelier certification programs in tandem with the best wine schools and universities in the world.
Our programs range from Level One wine certification to Master-Level Sommelier Certifications. We also offer winemaking and beer brewing certifications.

There are two ways to attend a wine course. The first is to register for a sommelier program at your local wine school or community college. Just ask if they offer NWS certification. Local schools can offer in-class, online, and hybrid programs using our programming.

The second way to register for a wine course is to enroll directly from our site. These programs are strictly online and do not have an in-class component

We recommend beginning with level 1 sommelier certification.

Top Ranked by SOMM

Highest Rated Wine Certification in the USA

“The National Wine School is the only certification body that offers nationally compliant accreditation for sommeliers. It is less well known than WSET or CMS in the restaurant trade. However, it has greater acceptance at the college and university level.”

Our Education Policy

We believe that wine education and certification must offer the same level of professionalism and high standards that are employed in colleges and universities across America. We believe that our industry must go beyond the unregulated world of “industry certification” and become accredited at the national level.

Our Core Values

The National Wine School is built upon the core principles of excellence and diversity. Our students come from all walks of life and every socio-economic level. Our commitment to diversity & acceptance dates back to our founding in 2012.

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