I'm in need of some input from my fellow bottle slingers out there. Some of you know me and are aware that I became a Somm after a long Army career. I've decided recently that it's time to use those education benefits and go to big kid school. My plan is to enter the SHA-CIA alliance program and earn both a culinary associates and a hospitality bachelors from the Hotel School. I've already been accepted to CIA and start in Hyde Park this October.
Now the quandry: I attended the Advanced course last year in Dallas and was passed over for the exam this year, so with only two years left on the clock I'm concerned about my chances of getting into the exam as a student and not working the working actively. Of course things like prep time, a week off from school for the exam and such things are a concern as well but I'm hoping some of you out there may have some insight.
Should I just bite the bullet and plan on having to retake the course? Pursue my wine studies on a less frantic road (WSET or such)? Going to school finally is a huge goal for me and I think the programs will make me a better Somm overall, but I'm not keen on losing what momentum I've built up in my career.
Thanks for any input and cheers.
Shawn and Troy,
Thanks to both of you for the responses. Maybe I did have my information confused, I was under the impression you had to sit the exam within 3 years following the course or be forced to retake it. If not then I suppose my worries are unfounded except for maintaining momentum whilst in school but it certainly removes some of the pressure to try and tackle it all at once. CIA, Cornell AND the Advanced Exam I feel are three demanding mistresses that would be hard to balance. Regardless I'll be doing my best to keep moving forward and if the opportunity presents itself to sit the exam then I'll go for it. Cheers