Admissions Policy:

Admission into any of the programs/courses requires that the student:

  • Be a minimum age of 21
  • Present identification on 1st day of class
  • Complete orientation if enrolled in online program
Cancellation/Reschedule & Refund Policy:

Cancellations of confirmed places are accepted up to 2 business days prior to the start of the course with full refund. If you need to cancel after attending at least one of the classes you will be refunded $70 for each class that you do not attend with a minimum notice of 2 business days. Study guides and any other course material must be returned in unused condition or the cost of the materials will be deducted from the total refund. If you need to stop the program part way through and resume where you left off at a later date, a $150 fee will be applied.Your registration is fully transferable to another person for the same course and session with no fees.

Exam Reschedule / Retest Policy:

If you are unable to take your CWAS or FWS exams on the scheduled date or need to take the exam again, a $150 fee will be applied. Email us at to register for a make-up test. CSW exam deferrals and re-takes are scheduled directly with the Society of Wine Educators for an additional fee.

Attendance Policy:

In order for students to complete their program, they are expected to attend all scheduled class sessions. Those whose absences exceed more than 20% per program are considered at-risk for successfully passing the certification exam.

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic Dishonesty is any behavior on the part of a student that results in that student’s or any other students’ giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise or receiving credit for work which is not the student’s own.

As a San Francisco Wine School student, if you are given access to our learning management system, you are expected to keep confidential your username and password and never allow anyone else to login to your account. Sharing access or passwords to our learning management system is considered a breach of academic integrity and could result in you being removed from the program.

When you login to our learning management system, you do so with the understanding and agreement to produce your own work, to complete course discussions and activities yourself, and to take course exams, tests or quizzes without the assistance of others.

Allowing others to complete any course work or take a quiz, text, or exam for you is considered cheating and could subject you to fail or be withdrawn from the program.


San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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