Society of Wine Educators
Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW)
Exam Prep Course

4 class series plus 1-hr exam • $595 (early registration, more than one month before first class); $695 (registration within one month of first class)

The Certified Specialist of Wine certification course (CSW) was developed by the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) in conjunction with prominent members of the wine industry. The CSW has become one of the most important trade credentials in the wine industry today. Companies such as Banfi, E & J Gallo, Kobrand, Trincero Winery, and many national distributors are major supporters.

The CSW program covers basic wine chemistry, viticulture, winemaking, wine service, and the major wine producing regions of the world. To earn the CSW title you must pass a one-hour exam consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. Successful candidates, achieving a score of at least 75%, are entitled to add the post-nominal to their professional signature. Visit the SWE website at for more details.

The fee includes the class, study guide, and exam. For additional information or questions, please contact us at

You must be a member of the Society of Wine Educators to take the exam. Annual membership is $85.

2014 Dates:  February 15, 22, March 1, and 8 with exam on March 22 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am; OR June 14, 21, 28 and July 12 with exam on July 19th.
Class Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: The Capital Wine School, 5207 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC

SWE Certified Specialist Exam Prep Course
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Date of Birth (Must be age 21 or over)



SEE ALSO: Our 4 week
Master Class in Wine Tasting Technique: an advanced level tasting class recommended for experienced tasters, both consumer and professional, and it is intended for collectors, wine buyers, sommeliers, retailers, importers, distributors, and anyone preparing for the CWE, WSET Diploma, Master Sommelier, or Master of Wine exam.

Payment Terms, Refund and Cancellation Policy


Advance payment is required for all classes and programs. You can pay through the web site using PayPal (Master Card or Visa). You can also pay by check to The Capital Wine School at 9600 Parkwood Drive Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Once your payment has been received, we will confirm your registration by e-mail.

Refunds for all Courses & Tastings

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to the course or class, you may request a full refund. If you cancel 7 days or less prior to the course or class, you may request a refund less a 10% cancellation fee. If you cancel after the class begins, no refunds will apply.

If you wish to reschedule instead of receive a refund, you may request to be rescheduled to another session with no penalty, as long as the request is made before the class begins. Rescheduling without penalty is not possible once a class has started.




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