What is a Certified Cicerone®?

A Certified Cicerone® is a level of certification for those who have achieved a recognized knowledge of beer, beer service, competence in assessing beer quality, and identifying beer by taste. The word Cicerone (pronounced sis-uh-rohn) designates those with proven this expertise in selecting, acquiring and serving the wide range of beers available in today’s market. The title Certified Cicerone® is a protected certification trademark. Only those who have passed the requisite test of knowledge and tasting skill can call themselves a Cicerone.

In the wine world, the word “sommelier” or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. The Cicerone Certification Program has become the industry standard for identifying those with significant knowledge and professional skills in beer sales and service. The Cicerone Certification Program offers independent assessment and certification so that industry professionals—as well as consumers—can be sure of the knowledge and skills possessed by current and prospective beer servers.

Knowledge Area Responsibilities: A Certified Cicerone® must have detailed knowledge of retail beer storage and service issues, excellent knowledge of modern beers and styles with some familiarity with beer history and historical styles, competence in identifying flawed beers and recognizing appropriate and in-appropriate flavors in modern beer styles, good understanding of the beer ingredients and familiarity with the brewing process and its common variations plus knowledge of beer pairing principles and the ability to recommend reasonable beer pairings for common foods.

Cicerone® is a registered certification mark and service mark of the Craft Beer Institute in the United States, a registered trademark and service mark in the European Union, and Canada. All rights of the the Cicerone program and all trademarks are reserved and owned by The Craft Beer Institute. To learn more about becoming a Certified Cicerone®, visit Cicerone.org.