In 2021, the Cicerone Certification Program resumed in-person testing for the Certified and Advanced Cicerone exams. Here are answers to some common questions about our in-person activities.


What precautions are you taking to keep participants safe?


Safety is our number one priority. We currently follow safety measures as required by local officials where the exam is located. 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. 


We also ask that if you or anyone in your household does not feel well or has been experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days leading up to the exam, or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 30 days, that you not attend the exam. If such a circumstance arises, we will transfer your registration to a future exam of your choice at no cost to you.


Am I required to be vaccinated to attend an exam?


At this time, attendees are not required 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 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.