Introducing the USBG Master Accreditation Program!
The profession of bartending and it’s surrounding careers have re-surged and in the current economy career competition is at an all time high. Self proclaimed, bar related titles no longer set individuals apart for their talent and product knowledge, likely because most of these titles are untested and unregulated.
The USBG has created the USBG Master Accreditation Program to take away the ambiguity and set a standard once and for all. The USBG will challenge our members and beverage professionals all over the country to prove their merit by studying for and passing our tests.The USBG Master Accreditation Program is strictly a testing system with three tiers of achievement as listed below.
This is an added benefit to being a USBG member, USBG members receive discounted test fees compared to non-members. USBG members are known to have an advanced product knowledge and understanding of the industry because education is such an important part of what each chapter offers its members. Now, beverage professional all over can take the USBG’s tests and strive to achieve each level.
We will be launching the MA Program’s level 1 test, USBG SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL exam in ALL of our current USBG chapter cities at the end of March and through out April 2009. If you are a paid in full, active USBG member at the time of the launch event your first exam will be free! We want you to have the chance to be among the first to become a USBG SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL! If you are not a USBG member (why not?) your testing fees will be as listed below.
Here are the three levels of the MA Program tests…. NOTE: you no longer have to be a USBG member to take these tests. USBG members receive a discounted test fee and their first test FREE!
1. USBG SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL (Written or On-line test) $50 for USBG Members and $150 for non-members
Successfully passing this test will qualify the candidate as a USBG Spirits Professional. Ensuring employers and colleagues that they are knowledgeable and well versed in all spirit categories from every corner of the world as well as sake, beer, wine , cigars, service, history of cocktails, mixology and much more.
2. USBG Advanced Bartender (Written or On-line Exam & Live Practical Evaluation) $100 for USBG members and $300 for non-members
Successfully passing BOTH of the advanced tests, written and practical. This will ensure that the candidate has a working knowledge of the craft of bartending, an advanced level of product knowledge on all spirit categories as well as sake, beer, wine & cigars, and that they have a strong understanding of the beverage industry overall. They have a clear understanding of important aspects of management and running a successful bar program. Candidates must pass a rigorous practical evaluation testing their professionalism behind the bar and proving their working knowledge of cocktails and mixology. The candidate may add the acronym AB after their name signifying that they are a USBG Advanced Bartender and they will be pinned as such.
3. USBG Master Mixologist ™ (Thesis) $150 for USBG members and $450 for non-members
Candidates will submit a thesis to the MA Board on a relevant beverage industry related topic of their choice for review and approval. They must also successfully pass a panel interview and practical discussion regarding their thesis after the Board has researched, reviewed and checked all references on the thesis. Once approved their thesis will then be added to the USBG Master Mixologist Journal for record. The candidate may add the acronym MM after their name to signify that they are a USBG Master Mixologist and will be pinned as such.
We will be launching the all new USBG.org MARCH 15th at 11:59 pm with study guides and outlines as well as fantastic ways to prep for our tests. We will send USBG members an update as soon as we are on-line.