WSET® is an internationally recognized program designed to provide high quality education and sought-after qualifications in wines and spirits members of the trade (or those intending to join it) as well as for the interested consumer. Last year over 85,487 candidates in over 70 countries took a WSET qualification. For more information on this London-based program, please visit their website at www.wsetglobal.com
You must be over the legal minimum drinking age where the course and examination is taken.
WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines
This entry level course provides basic information on basic grape varieties, introduction to wine tasting, food and wine pairing as well as basic service knowledge. Perfect for people new to the world of wine, this course results in a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines certificate and is a great starting point for most novice consumers. The final exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. Successful completion of the exam earns students WSET Level 1 Award in Wines certificate. For more information, please click on link to download the course Specification Guide Fee: $199 per person for three classes, all course material & wines, text and exam fee
WSET® Level 1 Award in Spirits
Designed for beginners, this course will provides hands-on introduction to the world of spirits. You’ll explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. The final exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. Successful completion of the exams ears students WSET level 1 Award in Spirits certificate. For more information, please click on link to download the course Specification Guide Fee: $199 per person for classes, all course material & spirits, text and exam fee.
WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits
This course is perfect for students wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs. The course covers the fundatmentals of spirit production methods, principal raw materials, and the range of key spirit styles. Spirits service and use of spirits in cocktails will also be covered during the course. The course ends with a final exam of 50 multiple-choice questions. Taking WSET Level 1 Spirits is not required to sign up for this course. For more information, please click on the link to download the course Specification Guide. Fee: $595 for classes, all materials, spirits, and exam fee.
WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits
This course provides basic information on the wine regions of the world. From labeling laws to climate, soil and grape varieties, WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits certificate is designed to broaden your product knowledge. Crafted with the professional in mind, it’s also perfect for non-professional wine enthusiasts who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge while obtaining WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits certificate. For more information, please click on link to download the course Specification Guide Fee: $595 for classes and tastings. all course material, text and exam fee.
Please note, in some locations Level 2 is offered as a 6 week course – in other locations it may be offered as an immersion course requiring pre-course study time of 4 weeks. Obtaining WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines and Spirits is not a requirement for this course.
WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines
This course is recommended for those who have earned the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits certificate, or have a good foundation of wine knowledge. In depth lectures and discussions covering wines and spirits of the world are designed to give a thorough understanding of the principal wines and spirits of the world and their commercial importance. Successful candidates receive WSET Level 3 Award in Wines certificate. For more information, please click on link to download the course Specification Guide. Fees $895 for classes and tastings, all course material, text and exam fee.
Please note, this course is offered as a full or partial immersion class in most cities. It is suggested that candidates register and receive their study materials 4-6 weeks before the start of the first class to allow for at home study time. While taking/passing WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits is not a requirement for this course, it is highly suggested.
WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits
This is a specialist qualification where detailed knowledge is combined with commercial factors and a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits. The qualification will prepare those who are required to make managerial decisions, interpret information and have a thorough understanding of market trends and requirements in a variety of trade and industry sectors.
The Diploma aims to provide specialist product knowledge and understanding of the global and domestic markets for wines and spirits and develop candidate’s ability to present information in a format suitable for business. The total study time required to earn the Diploma award is (at a minimum) approximately 600 hours resulting in 60 credits (1 credit = 10 learning hours). Each Unit is assigned a minimum credit/study hours giving candidates insight into the time required to complete each Unit.
You must be over the legal minimum drinking age where the course and examination is taken. You will be required to hold the WSET Level 3 in Wines or the WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits to enroll in the WSET Level 4 Diploma.
The Diploma qualification consists of 6 units:
Unit 1 The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages: Unit 1 examines the dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages, the local market and the marketing of alcoholic beverages. It is assessed by two papers: 1) a closed-book theory paper (essay) in the format of a case study, and 2) one coursework assignment or research paper on an assigned topic. Minimum 120 hours or 12 credits.
Unit 2 Wine Production: Unit 2 delves into the science of wine to include viticulture & vinification practices as well as maturation, treatments, and packaging around the globe. It is assessed by means of a multiple-choice examination paper of 100 questions. Minimum 6o hours or 6 credits.
Unit 3 Light Wines of the World: Unit 3 takes in in-depth look at the light wines of the world to include: Northern and Western Europe, Central, South, and South-Eastern Europe, Africa, Australasia, and Asia as well as the Americas. Unit 3 is assessed by 1) a closed-book theory paper of 5 questions, and 2) a practical tasting paper of 12 wines. Minimum 300 hours or 30 credits.
Unit 4 Spirits of the World: Unit 4 focuses on the production of spirits as well as the types and styles of spirits around the world. It is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of 3 spirts and one theory question. Minimum 60 hours or 6 credits.
Unit 5 Sparkling Wines of the World: Unit 5 explores the methods of sparkling wine production as well as the types and styles of sparkling wines around the globe. Unit 5 is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of three sparkling wines and one theory question. Minimum 30 hours or 3 credits.
Unit 6 Fortified Wines of the World: Unit 6 outlines the methods of production of fortified wines around the world as well as defines the types and styles of fortified wines. Unit 6 is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of three fortified wines an done theory question. Minimum 30 hours or 3 credits.
On completion of all 6 units candidates will be award the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits. Successful candidates are entitled to use the letters DipWSET after their name, giving them the recognition they deserve. The Diploma is recommended by the Institute of Masters of Wine for candidates wishing to pursue membership.
For more information, please click on link to download the course Specification Guide.
If you are a wine lover and looking for a fun way to test your knowledge – this app is for you!
Simply tap the screen where you think each wine should be placed, zoom in and release to confirm when you are happy with your selection. You will be presented with a number of levels increasing in complexity to test your knowledge of wine and where it is produced around the world. The levels you will be faced with ask you to decide which country, region or sub-region the wine comes from.
The app features additional information on all the regions and grape varieties you have been faced with placing in the game, so as well as testing your knowledge, you can extend it! There are direct links back to the WSET website for more information on all the qualifications WSET offers worldwide.
Have fun and good luck!