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Canadian Brewing Awards and Cicerone® Certification Program launch National Beer Scholarship

The Cicerone® Certification Program and the Canadian Brewing Awards announced a nationwide scholarship program for Canadian beer professionals at the 16th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards in Halifax last night.

The scholarship will award 12 recipients, one from each province and territory, with a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server study and exam package, and three Canadians with a study package for the Certified Cicerone® designation. 

“Our Awards recognize excellence in 55 Beer Style categories and we are proud to work with the Cicerone Certification Program to grow knowledge of beer styles and sensory evaluation throughout the country,” says Rob Engman, President of the Canadian Brewing Awards.

The scholarships will be awarded to beer professionals who demonstrate a strong passion for beer knowledge.

“As the Canadian beer industry continues to grow, the variety of beers available and the demand for proper beer service increase as well,” says Pat Fahey, Content Director for Cicerone. “We hope that these scholarships help a new generation join the growing ranks of Cicerones in Canada to raise the bar for quality beer experiences.”

The applications are available under the Blog & News section of the Cicerone Certification Program website, with a deadline for submission of Monday July 9th, 2018. The scholarships will be awarded in September. 

The scholarship program awards the following:

Certified Beer Server Scholarships (12), which will include the following:

  • BeerSavvy® online training program
  • Certified Beer Server Exam

Certified Cicerone Study Packages (3), which are a suite of study materials and online tests designed to help prepare candidates for their Certified Cicerone exams. Each package includes:

  • German Styles Coursebook + Specialist Exam
  • British and Irish Styles Coursebook + Specialist Exam
  • Keeping and Serving Beer Coursebook + Specialist Exam
  • Brewing Ingredients and Process Coursebook + Specialist Exam
  • Full set of Beer Style Profile Cards

Scholarship applications can be found at the following links:

Certified Beer Server Scholarship:

Certified Cicerone Study Package:


The Cicerone Certification Program is built around a series of four professional certification exams starting with Certified Beer Server and ending with the top-level Master Cicerone.

With roots in the North American craft beer movement and in-depth coverage of classic European beer culture, the Cicerone program has become the global standard for assessing beer professionals since its launch in 2008. 


The Canadian Brewing Awards is Canada’s national competition for judging the quality of Canadian manufactured beer. The Canadian Brewing Awards invites Canadian majority-owned breweries of all sizes to compete in a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned blind tasting determining the best beers in 55 style categories. A Canadian Brewing Award medal is a widely recognized symbol of Canadian brewing excellence.


Launched in 2008 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) Keeping and Serving Beer, 2) Beer Styles, 3) Beer Flavor and Evaluation, 4) Beer Ingredients and Brewing Processes, and 5) Pairing Beer with Food.

The Cicerone Certification Program certifies beer professionals at four levels:

  1. Certified Beer Server
  2. Certified Cicerone®
  3. Advanced Cicerone®
  4. Master Cicerone®

To date, more than 100,000 individuals have been certified through the program. 

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