In 2021, the Cicerone Certification Program will resume in-person testing for the Certified and Advanced Cicerone exams on a limited basis, depending on COVID-19 control or vaccination rates in various markets. Here are answers to some common questions as we resume in-person activities.

What precautions are you taking to keep participants safe?

Safety is our number one priority. In addition to following safety measures as required by local officials, we are restricting the capacity of exams to ensure considerable physical distance between participants (i.e., at least 6 feet or 2 meters between individuals). To limit exposure time, we are sending detailed instructions, which have historically been presented verbally, to candidates via email ahead of their exam. Similarly, we will reveal the details about the tasting exam—historically delivered in-person at the end of the exam—via email. When possible, we will improve ventilation in the examination room (e.g., opening windows). 

Masks are required whenever a candidate is not actively tasting. Please do not register for an in-person exam if you do not wish to wear a mask. 

Am I required to be vaccinated to attend an exam?

At this time, all attendees must be fully vaccinated. Please do not register for an exam at this time if you are not willing to be vaccinated.

I want to take the exam in a city that requires a mandatory quarantine period for travelers from my city/state/country. Can I sign up for the exam anyway?

Please do not plan to take an exam in a city that restricts travel from your region. 

When are you bringing the tasting exam to my city, state, or country?

We schedule in-person examinations based on demand—in addition to COVID-19 control—in that region. We are continually planning in-person exams. If you don’t see an exam on the schedule and you know there’s interest in your area, let us know! Send an email to and we will give you an idea of when you might expect an exam near you.

Will I need to sign a waiver to attend an exam? 

The Cicerone Certification Program is implementing strict preventative measures to keep program participants safe but cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19 infection. As such, we will require all participants to sign an assumption of risk and liability waiver to attend an exam.