The WSET is an internationally recognized wine education program offering courses and certifications ranging from beginner to expert. Below you will find a brief description of each course:
The WSET Level 1 Class is designed for consumers and those new to the wine and hospitality business. No previous experience with wine is required. Those who pass the exam receive the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. (Please note: The WSET Level 1 is not a prerequisite to taking the WSET Level 2.)
The WSET Level 2 Certification Course (formerly the Intermediate course) is suitable for beginners and for those with some experience with wine. It is taught over 5 classes, with an exam in week 6. This course helps develop fundamental tasting and assessment skills, and it provides a good overview of the main wine grapes and regions. The aim of the course is to focus on the key grape varieties and regions of the world and principal varieties of spirits. This qualification is popular with wine and spirit employees and will give students excellent all-round product knowledge. The course is also suitable for the interested consumer. Those who pass the exam receive the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, an internationally recognized credential in the wine industry. There is not a prerequisite course requirement.
The WSET Level 3 Certification Course (formerly the Advanced course) is more demanding than the WSET Level 2 Certification Course. The WSET Level 3 Certification Course is taught over 10 weeks, with an exam in week 11. The aim of the course is to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines of the world. Students will also benefit from in-depth tastings where they will learn to identify product style and quality. Emphasis is given to tasting assessment skills. Students will learn to write tasting notes on 8-10 wines during each class. Those who pass the exam receive the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, an internationally recognized credential in the wine industry. There is no prerequisite course, but Level 2 is strongly suggested if you are not in the wine industry. (Please note: The WSET changed this award in August 2016. It was previously known as the Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits.)
The WSET Level 4 Diploma Certification Course is the highest certification offered by the WSET. The Diploma is comprised of 6 Units, and it can take 2-3 years to complete the full program. The WSET Level 4 Diploma is the WSET’s flagship qualification, designed to prepare those in the trade for senior positions within the wines and spirits business. This qualification is also suitable for the dedicated wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 3 and acquire further expertise in wine tasting. The course will not only develop product knowledge to a specialist level, but will also enable students to acquire skills that will continue to be of use beyond the course. Please note, students must have passed the WSET Level 3 exam in order to register for the Diploma program. In addition, each student must take Unit # 2, Wine Production, before taking any other unit in the WSET Level 4 Diploma Program. After completing Unit # 2, students can take the remaining units in any order they choose.