Certified Wine Advisor Examination



Who can sit for the CWA Examination?

CWA has an open assessment platform. There are no prerequisites to sit for the examination. However, the candidates should already possess a reasonable level in wine knowledge and wine advisory to ensure a reasonable chance to pass the examination. For those with only foundation level in wine knowledge or wine advisory skills, it is advisable that they attend the Certified Wine Advisor Course.


 CWA Examination Scope

CWA Examination will test the candidates’ knowledge and advisory skills in the following areas:

The Science of Wine

  • What is wine?
  • Science of wine production
  • Sensory science of grape varieties
  • Science of wine evaluation
  • Science of wine aging
  • Wine quality
  • Wine faults
  • Wine Styles

Wine Regions with focus on Protected Designation of Origin

  • France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, California, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa
  • Varieties across the globe
  • Countries’ signature varieties

Wine Services

  • Wine Storage
  • Serving temperature
  • Serving sequence
  • Selection of wine glasses
  • Decanting
  • Principles of Wine & food pairing

Wine Labels

  • Understanding wine labels
  • Interpreting wine labels

The Art & Business of Selling

  • Understanding the wine consumer
  • Connecting with the wine consumer
  • Selling wine in retail
  • Selling wine in restaurant
  • Organisational guidelines in wine sales
  • Wine business trends and statistics



 Suitable for

1. Professionals from the F&B and wine industries
2. Service and executive staff from hotels and restaurants
3. Service and executive staff from wine retails
4. Service and executive staff from wine clubs and bars
5. Professionals with keen interest in wine



Funding Incentives





 Mode of Assessment

The assessment consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. To pass the assessment, candidates must achieve 70% of the marks.




Certified Wine Advisor Letter of Conferment and Collar Pin


Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at www.pace.sp.edu.sg

Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
a) For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy
Blk T1A, Level 1
Mon-Fri: 8:30am to 7:30pm

c) Please make cheques payable to “Singapore Polytechnic”. Please cross the cheque and write the Registration Reference ID, Applicant Name and NRIC/FIN number on the back of the cheque. Mail the cheque to:

Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy
500 Dover Road
Blk T1A, Level 1
Singapore 139651

Please note that an administrative charge of $15 will be imposed for any returned cheques from the bank or financial institution.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

3. Withdrawal and Deferment

Withdrawal and deferment notice must be made in writing to the Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, Singapore Polytechnic via email accordingly:

Online Courses - elearning@sp.edu.sg
All other Courses pace@sp.edu.sg

For withdrawal cases, the portion of course fee to be refunded is based on the date of notice as follows:


  • 2 weeks before the commencement of the course - Full refund
  • Less than 2 weeks before commencement of the course - 70% refund
  • On or after date of commencement - No refund


  • There will be no refund or transfer of course once the account has been created.

The Singapore Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the courses. Applicants will be duly notified and where applicable, the full fees will be refunded.

The Singapore Polytechnic also reserves the right to amend the fees charged or the period and duration of the courses.

The data provided to Singapore Polytechnic will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for the purpose of course administration. The data may be passed on to the relevant organisations that require the information related to the course.


Date of examination:

29 May 2017


Registration Period:
01 Mar - 15 May 2017

* Registration may be closed once seats are filled up





Time : 4pm – 6pm (Exam)

Venue: Singapore Polytechnic




 $299.60 (inclusive of GST)




Enquiries on course materials

Enquiries on course materials and course specific details:
Mr. Malcolm Tham, Course Coordinator:

Email: malcolmtham@singnet.com.sg
Contact: 91382078



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