The Level 1 Spirits online course is a 4-week program. An online tutor guides the WSET online classroom. Weekly topic can be viewed by logging into the online classroom anytime during the week (there are set start and finish dates for each week, but no set class time). At home, tasting activities are also provided to familiarize students with a systemic approach to tasting at an intermediate level. When the course is over, students arrange with American Wine School to take the exam in person at an American Wine School location. Live, in-person exams are available in Chicago and Cleveland.

This entry level course provides basic information on spirits. Discover the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas, and how cocktail recipes work. Perfect for people new to the world of spirits, this course results in a WSET Level 1 Spirits certificate and is a great starting point for most novice consumers.

The Level 1 Spirits Online Learning course fee includes study kit and exam fee. The total cost is $185 per person. All live, in-person exams take place in Chicago or Cleveland.

COVID-19 UPDATE: As of June 1, 2020 WSET will conduct Level 1 Spirits exam ONLINE. While in-person exams are still available, WSET will now offer online exams making it possible to take the exams from the comfort of your own home.