On December 29, 2021, the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) announced the release of an update to its beer style guidelines, characterized as a “minor revision” to the 2015 guidelines. Since BJCP guidelines are the primary reference source for all quantitative style parameters on Cicerone exams, we updated our program syllabi accordingly. With this update, we took the opportunity to make a small number of other updates to syllabus content, included in the summary below. The majority of changes were minor adjustments to the text and organizational structure for improved clarity.
We will begin testing candidates on the new syllabi on August 1, 2022. Anyone taking exams before August 1, 2022, should study a syllabus with a V4 version number, while anyone taking exams after August 1 should use a V5 version number.
All English- and Spanish-language program syllabi have been updated to Version 5 and are available for download now. Syllabi in other languages are being translated and will be posted soon.
To check out the new Version 5 of the syllabi, use the following links:
Canada English: Certified Beer Server – Certified Cicerone
International English: Certified Beer Server – Certified Cicerone
International Spanish: Certified Beer Server – Certified Cicerone
United Kingdom English: Certified Beer Server – Certified Cicerone
United States English: Certified Beer Server – Certified Cicerone
Key Changes to V5 Syllabi
This summary excludes minor changes to text and the organization of concepts. Note that changes generally roll up from lower-level syllabi to higher-level syllabi (e.g., changes made to the Certified Cicerone syllabus are also included on Advanced and Master Cicerone syllabi)
Certified Beer Server
Name change: New England IPA changed to Hazy IPA
Style removed: English IPA (note: United Kingdom Certified Beer Server and all Certified, Advanced, and Master Cicerone candidates will continue to test on this style)
Name change: English Barleywine changed to English Barley Wine
Topic introduced: Understanding of Czech-style side-pull faucet pouring and hygiene considerations
Style added: Brut IPA
Name change: Trappist Single changed to Belgian Single
Topic introduced: Familiarization with function and anatomy of Czech-style side-pull faucets
Topic introduced: Hop creep
No additional knowledge requirements introduced or changed
Beer Style Quantitative Parameters
It is worth noting that most of the changes to quantitative parameters (ABV, IBU, SRM, etc.) resulting from the BJCP 2021 update were minor. For the vast majority of beer styles, differences in data between the two sets of guidelines have no impact on a candidate’s performance on an exam. Those styles with more substantive changes primarily impact Advanced and Master Cicerone candidates (e.g., International Dark Lager, Sahti, Belgian IPA, Brown IPA, etc.).
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