The Certified Scotch 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 Distillation
Early Development in Europe & Beginnings of Whisky Culture.
Malt Whisky History of Scotland
The Rise of Scotch & Malt Whiskey Rediscovered.
Modern Scotch Production Methods
The Role of Water, The Main Ingredient: Barley, Blending and Single Malts, Yeast Selection and Function, The Malting Process, A Scottish Choice: Peat, Options in Mashing, Fermentation Details, Distilling Standards, Wood Selection, Aspects of Maturation & Warehousing and Storage.
Scotch Appreciation Methods
Sensory Evaluation, Systematic Tasting Setup, Tasting Procedures & Scotch Tasting Descriptors.
The Whisky Regions of Scotland
Highlands, Speyside, Lowlands, Islands, Islay & Campbeltown.