The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage service in hotels and restaurants.

Education was then, and remains today the Court’s charter. In 2008, the first Court of Master Sommeliers programme was held in Australia and since then over 1000 sommeliers have participated in CMS training programmes in Australia. Students now attend the courses from throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

In Australia, the Court of Master Sommeliers offers one intake per year for The Introductory Sommelier Certificate and Certified Sommelier; with The Advanced Sommelier Certificate held once every two years. Courses are currently held in Sydney and/or Melbourne.

The Court of Master Sommeliers offers four levels of professional certification for Sommeliers and Beverage professionals:

  • Introductory Sommelier
  • Certified Sommelier
  • Advanced Sommelier
  • Master Sommelier

The intensive education and examination programme guides aspiring Masters through four increasingly rigorous levels of coursework and examination, culminating in the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination. Students must first pass each level before proceeding onto higher levels of certification, irrespective of prior learning or experience.

Students are encouraged to visit the Court of Master Sommeliers website for more information and to view upcoming course dates and locations.

Contact Information:

Franck Moreau MS

Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania


NOTE: CMS Oceania operates under the auspices of Court of Master Sommeliers Europe, and all Australian Master Sommeliers achieved their MS Diploma via CMS Europe.