Aric Keck has a proven record in marketing, sales management, and business development, drawing on that experience as a regional manager with Vectra Networks, a cybersecurity firm. In addition to his professional work, he is a member of the Society of Wine Educators (SWE), a nonprofit organization that provides education about wine and spirits to professionals as well as amateur wine enthusiasts. Through SWE, Aric Keck has completed three of the five levels of the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) program.
One of many certifications offered by the SWE, the CSW program certifies candidates’ knowledge of wine, wine production, and viticulture. Program participants are issued a CSW Study Guide, from which the certification exam’s 100 multiple-choice questions are sourced. Topics covered include etiquette and service, composition and chemistry, physiology of taste, and several more. In addition to the Study Guide, CSW provides free monthly webinars and a workbook that includes practice quizzes and other learning tools.
For its authority in wine industry practices and standards, the CSW program received the Quality Program designation from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. Various colleges, universities, culinary schools, and corporations use the Quality Program certification as an educational standard.