The Cicerone Certification Program (CCP) recently released recommended "Key Resources" you need to study to pass the exam for the Certified Cicerone (CC) exam, as well as every other level of the program (Certified Beer Server (CBS), Advanced Cicerone (AC), and Master Cicerone (MC))
Before we look at the recommended resources for the CC exam, it's worth noting that my Beer Scholar Study Guides for the Cicerone Exams follow the CCP's syllabi and summarize all the info you need to know to pass the exams. They've helped hundreds of people pass the CBS and CC exams, so seriously consider picking one up in addition to any other reading you do to save yourself loads of time and effort.
Now let's look at what study resources the CCP recommends for the second level of the program, Certified Cicerone. The CC exam is a seriously difficult in-person exam with written and tasting portions. Its passage rate is less than 40%, about 1 in 3. That's worse than the NY or CA State Bar Exams. Certified Cicerones are true beer experts. So, which the CCP says, "while it is not mandatory to review all of these resources in preparation for our exams, we hope candidates can utilize this list in conjunction with the syllabi to focus their studies," I would recommend that you read and study all of these resources. Besides, merely passing the test isn't the whole point, you also want to become a beer expert!Read More