Level One - Foundation in Wine: This entry-level
course teaches the basics of wine in a format specially designed
for those with no previous wine knowledge. Ideal for consumers or
those new to wine, the Foundation course focuses on the main styles
of wines available, tasting technique, wine and food pairing as
well as wine etiquette. The class consists of two three-hour sessions
and concludes with a short multiple-choice exam. Level 1 is rarely offered.
Level Two - Intermediate Certificate in Wine: Most students begin with Level 2 as it is the ideal starting level for those with little knowledge
of wine, or those who have depth of knowledge regarding particular
types of wine but lack a true breadth of knowledge of all the world's
wines. This program enables students to interpret wine and spirits
labels, explain the fundamentals of wine-tasting, become familiar
with the world's major wine regions and their principal wines, and
give basic advice on wine selection and service. This course involves
16 hours of instruction. The exam* is a one-hour multiple-choice
exam. Wine tasting is a part of every class. Successful candidates
received the WSET Intermediate Certificate. Course
Outline. View Sample Questions
of the Intermediate exam.
Level Three - Advanced Certificate in Wines &
Spirits: Level 3 is the appropriate course
for those who already have a broad foundation of wine knowledge,
including wine labeling laws, appellation systems, major wine-producing
regions, and grape types, and are experienced in tasting technique.
It covers the major wine regions of the world in more depth than
the Intermediate Certificate, and includes more detailed study of
viticulture and vinification. This course enables students to describe
the characteristics of the principal wines and spirits of the world
and to explain the key factors influencing those characteristics.
The course involves 32 hours of instruction. The exam* includes
multiples-choice and short-answer questions, as well as a blind
tasting of one wine. Advanced Certificate is required of applicants
for the Diploma course. Course
Outline. View Sample Questions
of the Advanced exam.
Professional Certificate in Spirits: The Spirits Certificate
is designed to provide a thorough knowledge of spirits and liqueurs.
The course covers the history, production and style of spirits of
the world: Cognac, Armagnac and other brandies; Scotch, Bourbon
and whiskeys; white spirits, including vodka, rum, tequila, gin;
and liqueurs and other flavored spirits. Tasting is part of every
session. If you are an employer wishing to train your staff this
course will equip them with a sound level of product knowledge suitable for
those employed in drinks and cocktail service. No previous experience
in spirits is required and this course is appropriate for students
who have a professional interest in spirits, and those who wish
to broaden their knowledge of this fascinating subject. A one-hour
examination includes 50 multiple-choice questions and a theoretical
tasting note of one spirit or liqueur. Course
*If for some reason you are unable to sit the exam on either
above dates, you can withdraw without penalty if you contact us
no later than 3 weeks prior to the exam date. After that time, we
will have ordered the examinations from London and there will be
a $110 fee to reschedule the Intermediate exam and $200 to reschedule
the Advanced exam.