Challenge a Certificate
PROGRAM LOCATIONS | CHALLENGE A CERTIFICATE
If you feel that you already possess the knowledge and skill related to any of the ISA Certificates below, you may be allowed to "challenge" the certificate. This means you would take an exam based on the certificate course material and, in some cases, be required to attend a live tasting event.
The following Certificates may be challenged:
- ISA WINE SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (No tasting required)
- ISA ADVANCED WINE SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (Tasting required)
- ISA PROFESSIONAL SOMMELIER CERTIFICATE (Tasting required)
We encourage students to review the syllabus for the program they wish to challenge. If students feel their knowledge meets the requirements laid out in the syllabus, they may fill out the form provided to request an examination challenge date.
All ISA programs include an integrated Learning Management System (LMS) that provides students, instructors, and administrators with access to such tools as student resources, chat rooms, gradebooks, and much more!
The Program Host can offer the course in the structure that best fits his or her audience, but the ISA will provide a sample syllabus or course outline to ensure consistency in ISA programs.
The ISA provides a website for Program Hosts and approved instructors that includes exams, exercises, quizzes, recommended wine lists, instructor manuals, and much more!
Students will have access to the ISA Online Study Support website. This site when combined with the in-class experience, makes for a more complete educational experience.