The Wine & Spirit Education Trust
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 to provide high quality wine education classes in wines and spirits for those already in or intending to join the trade, and enthusiastic consumers throughout the world.
The wine and spirit qualification courses cover product knowledge and tasting skills, making them suitable for all those who need such knowledge for their job as well as for those who have a general interest. Classes cover five different levels of knowledge and skill, from absolute beginner to expert:
- Level 1 Foundation Certificate in Wine
- Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Wine and Spirits
- Level 2 Professional Certificate in Spirits
- Level 3 Advanced Certificate Wine and Spirits
- Level 4 Diploma in Wne and Spirits
- Level 5 Honors Diploma
Students and candidates who are under the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the country where the examination is being held will NOT be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages as part of their course, but this is NOT a barrier for successfully completing the qualification. (Entry requirements may vary according to Approved Programme Provider)
About the Wine and Spirit Education Trust:
The WSET has over 40 years’ experience in the design and delivery of wine education classes and qualifications in wines and spirits. In that time, it has grown to become the largest global provider of wine education classes, with over 36,000 examination candidates per annum, in 55 countries and 9 different languages. WSET is a UK based educational charity. The W.S.E.T. work closely with the drinks industry, educational partners world-wide and the relevant regulatory authorities. In the U.K. the WSET is approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. We continually work in close liaison with all sectors of the drinks and hospitality industry to ensure that the standards laid out in each syllabus provide a service that not only meets but also exceeds the needs and expectations of our customers.
In order to protect the integrity of our qualifications WSET Awards retain full control of the marking and issue processes. We also ensure that we set sound and fair examinations which assess candidates against these standards as we have a duty of care to all candidates.
As independent evidence of the achievement of these objectives, WSET Awards has put in place a Quality Management system that complies to the International Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2000 thereby establishing a systematic framework for continuous quality improvement.