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  • Erica Taylor

Certified Specialist of Wine

The Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Exam is a rigorous exam, which tests a candidate's wine knowledge and mastery of key elements within the worlds of viticulture and wine production.

I am currently in the middle of this certification. They have great resources for maps, study guides, activities, and prep classes. This certification is widely recognized and regarded by the international wine and spirits industry. The CSW Exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, with all question content drawn exclusively from the CSW Study Guide. Candidates are provided with one (1) hour in which to complete the exam.

Candidates will purchase the CSW Exam through the SWE Catalog+Store. The Exam Authorization does not include any study materials. The 2020 CSW Study Guide may be purchased as a hard copy through Amazon. The 2020 CSW Study Guide is available as an eBook on Amazon and as an eBook on Apple's iBooks.  The 2019 CSW Study Guide may be purchased as a hard copy through Amazon. The 2019 CSW Study Guide is available on Amazon as an eBook, and is also available on Apple's iBooks as an eBook. 

CSW exams are available only at Pearson VUE testing centers. Candidates will be sent an authorization code after purchasing the exam credit on the SWE Website. With the authorization code, a CSW Exam may be scheduled through Pearson at the candidate’s preferred time and place. Pearson VUE Testing center locations are in almost every major city in the United States and available worldwide. Exam registrations are good for one full year from the date of purchase.

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