Whether you’re an ultimate wine enthusiast, or whether you’re looking to make wine your profession, WSET offers a range of qualifications to get you to the exact level you want
to be. The Wine & Spirits Education Trust accommodates 12 different languages and is accessible in several counties. So what exactly is available through this institute?
For an overview of all wine certifications, including reviews of WSET, CMS, and NWS, you can check out our Sommelier Certification 101 page.
Level 1 Award in Wines
For anyone just starting out in wine, this qualification is perfect. The course focuses on introducing individuals to different types of wine by allowing them to see, taste and smell
them. Other topics include common grapes and their characteristics; core food and wine pairing concepts and how to accurately describe wine. Once completing a 30-multiple
question assessment, a lapel pin, and certificate are received.
Level 2 Award in Wines
Level 2 builds on the knowledge gained in level 1 and introduces more topics. Individuals are introduced to more grape varieties and how environmental, winemaking factors and
maturation affects these wines. Additionally, sparkling wine, fortified wine, food pairing and wine regions of the world are introduced.
Once completing a 50-multiple choice question assessment and tasting examination, a lapel pin and certificate is received.
Level 3 Awards in Wines
Level 3 is considered a professional qualification, especially for those who are building a career in wine. The course goes in-depth into the process of growing grapes, making the
wine and maturing and bottling of wine. Additionally, an in-depth understanding of the sparkling, fortified and still wines of the world is presented. The tasting portion of this course
is also done in great depth, where students are required to evaluate and describe wine at a professional level.
The assessment consists of three parts: a 50-multiple question portion, a short written paper, as well as a blind tasting. In order to receive a lapel pin and certificate, all three sections
need to be passed. Students are also able to use ‘WSET 3’ as part of their professional signature.
Level 4 Diploma in Wines
At the highest level of the WSET, level 4 is found. It is an expert level. The diploma is a six-part unit that covers expert knowledge in winemaking, wine
businesses; fortified and sparkling wines and an independent research assignment. The diploma takes 18 – 36 months to complete and with completion, a lapel pin and certificate is
awarded. Students are also able to use ‘DipWSET’ as part of their professional signature. Apart from the wine qualifications offered by the WSET, there are also qualifications
available in spirits and sake.
Level 1, 2, 3, in Spirits
These qualifications work similarly to the qualifications in wine. Each level builds on the knowledge of the previous level. The topics covered in these qualifications include the
production of the spirits; types of spirit; flavor influences and how to analyze the taste of spirits.
Level 1, 2, 3, in Sake
Similarly to the wine and spirits qualifications, each level forms the foundation for the following level. The topics of this qualification include the types and styles of sake; how to serve and store
sake; the flavor influences on sake. In the third level, knowledge is built regarding the sake industry and export markets.
Whatever your industry needs, whether it be wine, spirits or sake, the WSET offers some incredible options for each. These qualifications are held to the highest standard and great for any general wine or spirits industry.
Student Reviews of WSET
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