Professional Sommelier Programs Offered Spring 2005 (March 24, 2005)
George Brown College and Niagara College (Niagara-on-the-Lake), in affiliation
with The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS), are pleased
to announce the launch of a comprehensive professional sommelier program
at each of the colleges commencing spring 2005.
The Certified Professional Sommelier Program offered through Continuing
Education begins the first week in April 2005 and runs until May 2006.
It consists of six education modules taught by leading educators and experts
in their respective fields: Production, Sensory Development and Wine Styles,
Old World Wine Regions, New World Wine Regions, Spirits and Other Beverages,
and Sommelier Management. The cost is $3,500.00 including material fees
and wine sampling (text books, etc. are extra) with an option to pay for
each module as candidates proceed through the program.
The sommelier program is being offered in conjunction with Canadian Association
of Professional Sommeliers, providing high-level education and training
for those interested in pursuing a career as a professional sommelier.
CAPS is part of the Paris-based Association de la Sommellerie Internationale
(ASI), which is recognized world-wide as a leading organization in the
development of professional wine service standards of excellence.
Candidates who successfully complete all components of the program will
receive a joint certificate from either George Brown College and CAPS
or Niagara College and CAPS, depending on the campus where the student
Graduates of the programs can expect to have job opportunities in the
hospitality industry in the area of wine and beverage management, wine
sales, wine marketing and all aspects of wine service. Certification provides
a legitimate credential that is recognized in all 44 countries with which
CAPS is affiliated.
Applications for registration are now being accepted. Students must be
aged 19 or older and are required to have had previous wine knowledge
and training. Complete details are provided at each of the colleges' websites:
George Brown College is recognized nationally and internationally for
the quality of its hospitality, tourism and culinary programs. It continues
a long-standing relationship with the sommelier profession, offering programs
in wines and beverage management for over 20 years. Its talented instructors
and curriculum developers are well recognized and respected throughout
the industry. The newly renovated wine lab offers a professional state
of the art environment.
Niagara College is home to a globally recognized school of hospitality
and tourism, the Niagara Culinary Institute and award-winning Niagara
College Teaching Winery. Viticulture students receive hands-on training
in all facets of the wine industry, including vineyard management, winemaking,
and marketing and sales. With 6,100 students, Niagara College delivers
more than 70 programs from campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and
CAPS is committed to build a strong organization of members dedicated
to developing the sommelier profession. Its goal is to encourage the developing
of working relationships between members, wine professionals, consumers
and with the hospitality industry at large.