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Computer-based testing certification available for specialists

Wine and spirits specialists throughout the world can now achieve certifications through computer-based testing.

The Society of Wine Educators has entered into a new partnership with computer-based testing (CBT) leader Pearson VUE to transform the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) certification exams to CBT globally.

Those pursuing the CSW and CSS certifications will be able to book tests on dates of their choice at nearly 500 test centres in more than 100 countries.

Shields T. Hood, Society of Wine Educators general manager, said he believes candidates will appreciate the convenience of being able to schedule their exams at the time and place of their choice.

“The Society of Wine Educators is thrilled to announce this new partnership, which will expand the reach of our exams and certification opportunities to a world-wide audience,” he said.

“After an extensive amount of research, we determined that the services provided by Pearson VUE offered us the perfect combination of global reach and high-level exam security.”

Bob Whelan, Pearson VUE managing director, said the global reach offered means that candidates around the world have the opportunity to earn the credentials.

“I am delighted that we were selected by the Society of Wine Educators to take its highly respected certification exams from pen-and-paper to computer-based assessment programs,” he said.

Those looking to gain wine specialty certification can take the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) as a pre-requisite to the highly regarded Certified Wine Educator (CWE).

For more information:

Damien Fletcher
+44 (0)207 7775 6785

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