How Do I Get Started?

Our program is sequential, so you must begin with the Certified Beer Server exam.

To become a Certified Beer Server, you must purchase and pass the 60-question exam found on our website. We do not require anyone to purchase or acquire anything else from our organization in order to become a Certified Beer Server. So everything else is optional.

However, to insure that the contents of the exam are not a complete mystery going in, we publish a free syllabus.  The syllabus does not teach you what you need to know to pass the exam, but it does identify what topics will be covered.

Many in the industry will have accumulated enough experience and knowledge to pass the exam without any study whatsoever. The syllabus is how you assess whether you are likely to be one of those people or whether you might need some additional studying before taking the exam.  It should also help you assess what areas you need to study.

Finally, after reading the syllabus, many individuals and organizations feel that they need to learn more about beer and beer service in order to pass the exam. Indeed, young servers--unless they have done a good bit of reading and tasting on their own--generally cannot pass the test without some prior study.

For anyone who wants help preparing, we offer a number of study resources presented on our website at the very top under the heading "Resources & Links".  


Some of these are free, some are inexpensive and some are more costly depending on ease-of-use, delivery method, etc. Some of these come from us; some are available from other sources. If you wish to use any of these resources personally or for your staff, that is up to you. You can sort the resources by type of content, certification level, and syllabus area.


If you'd like more guided study, check out our virtual training program, BeerSavvy®. BeerSavvy® is an online eLearning program covering beer flavor, service and styles in sufficient depth to prepare candidates for the Certified Beer Server exam. Study aids such as print-at-home style profile cards and note taking functions are included. This product also includes the exam itself, so when you have completed the learning program you may then take the Certified Beer Server exam at no additional cost. Completion of the program will take 5-10 hours. The streaming educational content of BeerSavvy® is available for 90 days from purchase. Please note that when you purchase BeerSavvy®, your access to the Certified Beer Server (CBS) exam does not expire.

 

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