sommelier career progression

Sommelier Career Progression:
Product Knowledge Beverage Service Skills Title Roles and Responsibilities
Master of Wine

Court of Master Sommeliers Master Sommelier Diploma (MS)

Group Head Sommelier

  • Strategic direction of drinks (and the people employed to handle drinks) within a company
WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits ASSP – Professional Sommelier Diploma

Federal Sommelier Certificate

Head Sommelier

Assistant Head Sommelier

  • Managing and training the drinks service team
  • Wine preparation and service
  • Recommendations to customers
  • Wine selection and purchase
  • Managing the wine list and cellar

WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits

WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits

ASSP – Certified Sommelier

Sommelier

  • Supervising the drinks service team
  • Wine preparation and service
  • Recommendations to customers
  • Assisting the Head Sommelier in wine selection, purchase and cellar management

WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

WSET® Level 1 Award in Spirits

Advanced Wine Service Certificate

Assistant Sommelier

Commis Sommelier

  • Wine preparation and service
  • Taking orders from customers and making recommendations to customers
  • Assisting the sommelier in wine selection, purchase and cellar management
WSET® Level 1 Award in Wine practical experience – apprenticeship Front of house wine service staff
  • Taking orders from customers
  • Serving wines at the table
  • Preparing wines and glassware for service
  • Supporting other customer service staff