About the Certified Beer Server Exam

Certified Beer Server is the first level of certification in the Cicerone program.

Prerequisites - None

Exam Format & Components - 60-question multiple choice exam, administered online. A grade of 75% is required to pass. Candidates must also pass a short quiz about the Cicerone program. Each payment allows you 2 attempts to achieve a passing score.

Exam Cost - $69 USD

Accessing the Exam - First become a registered user on this site and purchase the exam. Then login, and click on 'My Account' and look under "Your Stuff."

Knowledge Area Responsibilities- The Certified Beer Server requires competent knowledge of beer storage and service issues as well as modest knowledge of beer styles and culture and basic familiarity with beer tasting and flavors and basic knowledge about brewing process and ingredients. Knowledge of the Cicerone Certification Program's levels and titles is also required. The Certified Beer Server Syllabus outlines the knowledge required for the this Exam. Click here to access the Certified Beer Server Syllabus. This is a closed book exam. Please do not refer to any notes or reference materials or accept assistance or advice from anyone else while taking the exam.

If You Receive a Passing Score

  • Your status will be changed on the roster.
  • ​We send you out a lapel pin via USPS First Class mail to the address on your profile. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery.*
  • You will be issued a certificate. To print your certificate: Go to "My Account' and under "Exam & Quiz Results" it will say "Certified Beer Server (CBS) Exam" and underneath will be your % score. Immediately under that is a button that says "print certificate".

*In the event your pin is returned as undeliverable, we ask you provide a valid mailing address and $5 to resend. If you lose your pin, or would like a replacement, you can now purchase replacement pins and patches from your My Account page when you are logged in.

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