Virtual Beer School: A Prep Course for the Certified Beer Server Exam, Online, Thursday, 03. September 2020

A 12-session interactive online prep course for the Certified Beer Server exam.

About this Event

Want the opportunity to learn more about beer and show what you know?

Sign up for Virtual Beer School! The course begins on September 3rd, 2020.

This 12-session interactive online course will help prepare attendees for the Cicerone® Certification Program’s Certified Beer Server exam.

The exam – and therefore the course – covers the fundamentals of beer flavour and evaluation, beer ingredients, beer styles, and how to best store and serve beer.

Find out more about the Certified Beer Server certification in the FAQs below.


Course overview:

What: Join Beer Sommelier & Advanced Cicerone® Natalya Watson for 12 weekly live, interactive and educational online sessions covering different subject areas from the Certified Beer Server exam syllabus.

Prior to each weekly session, relevant pre-reading will be sent out to all attendees. The first hour of the live session will be a lesson led by Natalya, followed by half an hour of questions and discussion with all attendees.

After 12 weekly sessions, attendees will be prepared to take the Certified Beer Server exam, if interested.

When: Thursday evenings in September, October & November 2020 from 7 – 8:30pm BST (UK time). The course begins on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020.

Where: Online via Zoom.

How: Either pay for each individual session here on Eventbrite at £7.50/session, or head to the Virtual Beer School website for different payment plans: £25/month [4 sessions] or £75 for the total course [12 sessions].

(Can’t join live? The audio from each weekly live session will be recorded and can be accessed for £10/month. Email Natalya on email for more information on this option.)


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FAQs

What’s a Certified Beer Server?

According to the Cicerone® Certification Program – the certification body for beer professionals – Certified Beer Server is the “first-level certification for those who work with beer”.

The Certified Beer Server exam is an opportunity to “demonstrate your mastery of the fundamentals of beer service, styles and flavour.” The exam involves 60 multiple choice questions and can be taken online from anywhere in the world for $69.

(Please note: the cost of the exam is not included in the Virtual Beer School course cost.)


What does the Certified Beer Server exam cover?

The exam covers the fundamentals of beer flavour and evaluation, beer ingredients, beer styles, and how to best store and serve beer.

There are several different syllabi available (US, UK, International, etc.). As we will have attendees from several different countries, we will be using the International Syllabus as our guide.

All topics will be covered, however, they will not be covered in the order of the syllabus. Find a weekly breakdown of the topics to be covered in Virtual Beer School here.


How will the online prep course work?

Each week, Natalya will lead a weekly live, interactive online session covering a different subject area from the Certified Beer Server exam syllabus.

Prior to each weekly session, relevant pre-reading will be sent out to all attendees. The first hour of the live session will be a lesson led by Natalya, followed by half an hour of questions and discussion with all attendees.

After 12 weekly sessions, attendees will be prepared to take the Certified Beer Server exam, if interested.

Attendees are welcome to sign up for Virtual Beer School to build up their beer knowledge without an interest in taking the Certified Beer Server exam.


When does the course run?

Weekly live sessions will be held on Thursday evenings in September, October and November from 7 – 8:30pm BST (UK time).

Course dates include September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and November 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. (Please note: there is no session on October 29th.)


Where is the course hosted?

Virtual Beer School will be hosted online via Zoom. All attendees must register to receive the Zoom link for each weekly live session.


Who is this course for?

This course is open to attendees from around the world at any level of beer knowledge.

Attendees are welcome to sign up for Virtual Beer School to build up their beer knowledge without an interest in taking the Certified Beer Server exam.


Who will lead the course?

Virtual Beer School will be led by Natalya Watson, Beer Sommelier and Advanced Cicerone®.

During lockdown, Natalya began hosting free weekly online educational sessions on a variety of beer-themed topics, crowd-sourced from attendees.

The idea for Virtual Beer School then developed from there, as a more formal, paid-for offering to prepare interested attendees to take the Certified Beer Sever exam so they can demonstrate their knowledge of beer.


How many people can attend the course?

Course attendance will likely be capped around 40 people, in order to better facilitate discussion.

When attendees of Natalya’s lockdown beer sessions were surveyed, while most attendees were there for the lesson, many also said the time for discussion with other participants is what kept them coming back, as they learned a lot from each other’s questions and comments, too.

Therefore, having time for discussion is an important part of the course.


How much will the online prep course cost?

The sessions will cost £7.50/session, £25/month [4 sessions], or £75 for the total course [12 sessions]. The monthly and full course payment options are available on the Virtual Beer School website.


What happens if I miss a week?

The audio from each weekly live session will be recorded and shared with you. You can also contact Natalya directly with any questions on the topic you missed.


What if I want to take the course, but can’t make the live sessions (due to work, time difference, etc.)?

If you are unable to join live, the audio from each weekly live session will be recorded and can be accessed for £10/month. You will still be sent the weekly pre-reading and can contact Natalya with course questions. Please contact Natalya on email to learn more about this option.


Still have a question?

Contact Natalya directly on email and she’ll be happy to help!


Please note: This course is not affiliated with the Cicerone® Certification Program.


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