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Originally posted by oldmanwine:

I'm a journalist but considering a career in wine such as in a large wine store or with a distributor. I'm not interested in becoming a sommelier. Any advice on what wine certifications would prepare me to become an attractive candidate in getting a job?

I've been looking at the Society of Wine Educators Certified Wine Specialist designation since it won't break my pocketbook and I can study online. Any comments on the designation and if it will help in my change of careers?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!



ISUJonny (Quote)
Try the Society of Wine Educators SWE for the CSW certification and or the Wine and Spirit Education Trust WSET Intermediate Certification. I have both. I personally thought the SWE course was better. I did most of my study by their book and excellent online tutorial. I then chose an exam sitting near my home. The WSET was a 2 day intensive course at various locations. I believe some places have longer time frames. You come back later and sit their exam. That couse is very euro centric and only as good as the instructors. I honestly felt I could have passed that exam from what I learned in the SWE course . The CSW was also considerably less expensive. Right now I am doing the new online course at Robert Parker. It is very simple and I am not sure what if anything the certification will mean. Good luck to you-

Hi Oldmanwine,

The above was posted by ISUJonny. It may help you.