The Certified Bourbon Professional (CSP) program covers a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum. There are no prerequisites or special requirements to enrol in the program, the Council welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.
Beginners will find the program accessible without prior knowledge, and experienced professionals or hobbyists will find the depth of the curriculum demanding and satisfying.
The course is a self guided, online remote learning format that you can enrol on all year round. You will have up to 1 year from the date of registration to take the exam.
The exam consist of a 60 minute, 100 question, multiple choice paper done live online. A score of 75% or more is required to pass the course.
You will need a good internet connection, up to date browser and a webcam. Dates are available on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.
The History of Bourbon
The Whiskey Rebellion, Mount Vernon Distillery, Prohibition & Small Batch Production.
Modern Bourbon Production Methods
Grains: Corn, Rye, Wheat and Barley, Water, Sour Mash Process, Distillation, Stripping Run, Spirit Run, Oak: Ageing, Charring & Vatting, Filtering & Proofing.
Bourbon Regulation and Terms
Age Statements, Straight and Blended Bourbon, Bourbon Name Protection & Production Statements.
The Whisky Regions of America
Kentucky Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey & Canadian Whisky.
The Bourbon Distilleries of Kentucky
Overview of Active Distilleries & Tasting Character of the Main Bottlings.