For those candidates who cannot attend Diploma class in Chicago, the American Wine School offers Digital Learning via WSET Online programs. Classes are launched January and June each year.

Since there are no set class dates, studying online offers candidates the flexibility to fit their studies around their commitments and lifestyle. Your WSET program will work to keep you moving through the program, but you can work on your own as your schedule allows. In addition, the American Wine School offer access to online videos, online presentations, recorded classes, and live tasting days when you are in Chicago sitting an exam.

Please note exams are NOT given online. Each Unit has specific exam dates. Once you sign up for the course, you will automatically be signed up for the exam date associated with the course. If you have questions or are in need of more information, please email

While there are no set class dates for the online classes (candidates are free to make their own study schedule), there are set exam dates and live classes and/or tasting classes on exam days.

June 2021 Online Diploma Launch

Next Launch Date:

  • Jan 9th, 2021:

Registration Deadline:

  • Dec 28th, 2020

COVID-19 Update: In response to social distancing, ALL D1 & D2 Courses will be conducted online with Live exams in Chicago. Since neither of these exams have wine tasting, the movement to online only is the safest route during this time. Please note that in addition to the WSET Online program, the American Wine School will host live, online tasting sessions throughout the D1 & D2 program. Candidates are also encouraged to write the independent D6 Research Paper during this time. The topics will be announced Aug 1, 2020.

D1 Production of Wine Exam Date:

  • March 1oth, 2021

D2 The Business of Wine Exam Date:

  • June 8th, 2021

D4 Sparkling Wine Exam Date:

  • Oct 27th, 2021

Candidate checklist:

Before signing up, all candidates should download and read the following:

  1. Diploma Specification: Diploma in Wines 2019-2020 Specification

  2. Theory Guidance: L4Diploma_TheoryGuidance_Jul2019

  3. Tasting Guidance: L4Diploma_TastingGuidance_Jul2019

  4. WSET Diploma SAT: wset_l4wines_sat_en_may2019

Tuition Fees & Payments:

Tuition payment must be made prior to the start of the first class. All course fees include materials, class, wines and exams. Please note the course fee may change during the year. 

D1 Vinification & Viticulture $975 (includes registration fee)

D2 Business of Wine $650

D3 Wines of the World $2220

D4 Sparkling Wines $600

D5 Fortified Wines $600

D6 Independent Research Paper $350