I've always thought the answer here was "no," but I'm seeing this usage [Your Name Here, CS] pop-up on websites, business cards, you name it. So, for the record, I'd really appreciate an answer to the following:
1. Does the Court confer any accreditation entitling folks to add letters to their name other than the MS accreditation?
2. Is it appropriate for people who've passed the Court's Certified Exam to use the initials "CS" on cards, online bios, etc.?
Thanks in advance for the clarification.
Thanks for the post. The Court of Master Sommeliers expressly prohibits any initials for the Intro, Cert or Advanced Exams. So someone who passes the Certified may not use CS after their name. You may, however, say you are a Certified Sommelier. Additionally, you may not use the name of a level you haven't passed. For example, you may not say "Advanced Candidate" or "Masters Candidate". Lastly, we contact all those we find that are in violation of our policies. I hope that helps clarify. If you have any other questions, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck in your future exams!
Greg Harrington, MS
Chairman, Court of Master Sommeliers
Thanks for your comments, Greg, and thanks too for the good wishes. Just so you know, if you search for the term "CS" in the search field on www.linkedin.com, the names show up of dozens of Certified Sommeliers who use the initials CS post-nominally as part of their professional personae...
"The Court of Master Sommeliers expressly prohibits any initials for the Intro, Cert or Advanced Exams. So someone who passes the Certified may not use CS after their name. You may, however, say you are a Certified Sommelier."
So, for clarification, you can print "Certified Sommelier" but not CS?
Straight from the Mothership....
The term Master Sommelier is a registered trademark to the Court of Master Sommeliers and therefore we can use the abbreviation of MS as a designation. The US will not allow us to register “Certified Sommelier” as a title because it has too many uses and is technically to broad a term. This is why you cannot use CS; the initials do not legally imply Certified Sommelier.
Please also note that candidates cannot use the Court’s logo or Court of Master Sommeliers on a business card or signature line. The use implies membership to the organization and that is only available to Master Sommeliers.
Ed, as there are many organizations that have a Certified Sommelier program I would be more specific.
"Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers"
David, you must have seen my card!
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