Chicago – On July 15, the Cicerone Certification Program launched the first course in their Road to Cicerone series—a study program aimed at helping individuals prepare for the Certified Cicerone® exam. The first course covers knowledge about German beer styles.
“We worked with an educational consultant and publisher to help create a course that is not just informative but also effective in helping people learn,” said Cicerone program Founder and Director Ray Daniels.
Daniels explained the Road to Cicerone courses include readings, but also emphasize hands-on learning. The active learning comes both through exercises outlined in the course materials and also through interaction with others studying the same materials.
“To facilitate dialog, we’ve written discussion questions for each chapter and created an online forum,” Daniels said. “Every individual who purchases a Road to Cicerone course gets access to the forums so they can interact with others completing the course as well as the Cicerone content staff and current Certified Cicerones and Master Cicerones.”
Each course concludes with an online exam with a difficulty similar to that of the Certified Cicerone exam. For the German course the exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions. Those who get a score of 80 percent or higher will receive a printable certificate as well as a badge that will be added to their profile on cicerone.org. The course price is $99.
“If you pass that online exam for the German Road to Cicerone course, you should do well on all German style questions in the actual Certified Cicerone exam,” Daniels said.
“We consistently see beer styles as the most challenging section of the exam for most candidates, so we have chosen to focus on styles for the first few courses in Road to Cicerone,” Daniels said. The next course in the series—to be available by September—will focus on British beer styles. Additional courses on Belgian and American styles will also be offered in addition to courses on draft systems, brewing process and ingredients, and beer flavor plus food pairing.
“Overall we hope these courses will make it easier for people to set and follow a structured study program that can take them from Certified Beer Server to Certified Cicerone,” Daniels said. “And it will be particularly useful for companies as the course exams provides clear short-term goals that can help lead to success on the Certified Cicerone exam in one to two years.”
“As with all our educational offerings, no one is required to take any Road to Cicerone course before taking the Certified Cicerone exam,” Daniels said. “It is just another resource to help people prepare for exams.” You also don’t have complete your Certified Beer Server exam before studying the Road to Cicerone courses.
As with all our educational offerings, the Road to Cicerone courses are completely independent of the certification exams, Daniels said. The courses can help you prepare for the exam if you choose, but they are not required.
ABOUT THE CICERONE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Founded in 2007 by brewer, author and beer educator Ray Daniels, The Cicerone Certification Program seeks to ensure that consumers receive the best quality beer at every service occasion. To facilitate this, those who sell and serve beer are encouraged to acquire knowledge in five areas: 1) Beer Storage, Sales and Service; 2) Beer Styles and Culture; 3) Beer Tasting and Flavors; 4) Brewing Ingredients and Processes; 5) Pairing Beer with Food.