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Society of Wine Educators

The mission of the SWE is to set the standard for quality and responsible wine and spirits education and professional certification.


Webinar Coming Soon

Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam. Please join us on Saturday, July 6th at 10:00 am central time.

Webinar Schedule

CSW Prep Class

The CSW Class is a guided, online instructor-led course intended to prepare you for the CSW Exam.

Starts June 16th

Train for Exceptional Service

SWE’s HBSC certificate was recently highlighted in FSR Magazine.


Certifications for Wine & Spirits

These credentials are a valuable and widely respected mark of a wine and spirit professional’s commitment to personal career development and ultimately to the wine industry as a whole.

For Wine

Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
The CSW Exam is a rigorous exam, which tests a candidate’s wine knowledge and mastery of key elements within the worlds of viticulture and wine production.

Become a Certified Specialist of Wine

Certified Wine Educator (CWE)
The Certified Wine Educator (CWE) Exam is a certification that tests and validates exceptional wine knowledge, tasting acumen, and teaching ability.

Become a Certified Wine Educator

For Spirits

Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS)
The Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) Exam tests a candidate’s spirits knowledge and comprehension of key elements within the world of distillation and spirits production.

Become a Certified Specialist of Spirits

Certified Spirits Educator (CSE)
The CSE Exam is a unique certification that tests a candidate’s knowledge of Spirits, as well as his or her tasting acumen and teaching ability.

Become a Certified Spirits Educator

How it Works

The Society of Wine Educators has the resources you need to advance your knowledge and expertise in the wine and spirit industry.

Create Your

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a Member

Go to Catalog + Store to purchase a Professional, Industry, or Corporate membership.


Choose your preferred study resources: Study Guides/Workbooks, flashcards/practice exams/ map exercises, and online prep classes.


Purchase the certification or certificate of your choice in our Catalog + Store. Once, you have your exam authorization email, schedule your exam in-person or online.


You can keep up with the latest trends and info with our monthly Webinars.

SWE Resource Spotlight

Have you been searching for some interactive wine and spirits activities? If so, we have flashcards, wine map exercises, practice exams, and a CWE study site just for you!

CSW/CSS Quizzes

We have a suite of CSW/CSS practice quizzes and practice exams available! Each assessment can be taken as many times as you choose.

Practice Exams

Wine Map Exercises

This digital product includes over 800 graphic wine map flashcards along with more than 20 “drag-and-drop” exercises.

Wine Map Exercises

CWE Study Site

Studying for the Certified Wine Educator just got easier! The CWE Study Site—a study resource for CWE candidates.

CWE Study Site

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