Cicerone Program adds a new level
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One of the most prestigious certification programs in the beer industry, The Cicerone Certification Program, has created a new advanced level for the professionals who seek knowledge in the beer world.

The program consisted of three certifications. The first level, which is administered online, is called Certified Beer Server. This level requires basic knowledge of beer storage and service as well as modest knowledge of beer styles, its cultures and tastes.

The second level is Certified Cicerone, created to professionals dedicated to beer. As described in the company’s website, "Those who achieve this certification have a deep and well-rounded knowledge of beer and beer service as well as competence in assessing beer quality and identity by taste."

Then there was Master Cicerone, what used to be the third and final level of the certification. The certification program classifies those who achieve this certification as a person who   "posses encyclopaedic knowledge of beer and highly refined tasting ability."

But many people believed that the diference between the second and the third level was huge and that there should be an intermediate step to recognize some great beer professionals.

Ray Daniels, Cicerone’s founder and director, explained to Brewbound the idea:

“While we have seen tremendous demand for the Master Cicerone exam, the additional degree of knowledge and skill required to pass is too great for the vast majority of candidates to achieve,” he said. “The new exam level gives serious beer professionals recognition for additional learning and skill development beyond the Certified Cicerone level.”

Although this is a very new certification (it has less then a decade), the Cicerone Certification has been very popular. More than 30.000 people have completed at least the first level. But only 10 people in the world has achieved the title of Master Cicerone.

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