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Certification Classes

About Certification Classes

The Texas Wine School is a proud approved provider for WSET and Wine Scholar Guild certification classes. We also offer the Certified Sherry Wine Specialist and our own Specialist of Texas Wine certification class.

WSET classes are occasionally offered in Austin and Lubbock, but all the other classes are held at our location in Houston. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 class is typically offered over three weeks, for three hours per night, once a week. This course is perfectly suited for beginners, and will cover, in broad strokes, the world of wine.

WSET Level 2 is twice as long and gets into much greater detail, again covering the world of wine. WSET Level 1 is NOT a prerequisite, and many students choose to skip Level 1 and dive right into Level 2. This is a great option for those in the trade, or who have been collecting wine or traveling to wine regions. The course is typically offered over six weeks, and is occasionally offered as an intensive class.

WSET Level 3 is twice as long again as Level 2, focusing in much greater depth on viticulture and winemaking, and how they influence the style, quality and price of a wine. While Level 2 is not a prerequisite, it is rarely recommended that a student skip Level 2, which provides a solid foundation about wines from all over the world. WSET Level 3 is a twelve week course that culminates in a two-part (tasting and theory) exam. Students may resit any failed exams for the price of $50 for Level 1, $100 for Level 2, and $100 & $150 for the Level 3 tasting and theory exams respectively.

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines aims to give students specialist knowledge and understanding of the core principles of production and business of wine. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the product knowledge and the analytical tasting skills to explain and evaluate wines. The course consists of six mandatory units, and takes roughly two years to complete.  Click here to learn more about WSET certified courses.

We also offer some regional certifications, such as the Specialist of Texas Wine and Italian Wine Essentials, that are short and aim for breadth rather than depth of material covered. The French Wine Scholar (FWS) and Italian Wine Scholar programs, both created by the Wine Scholar Guild, are in-depth, comprehensive courses on these regions. We strongly recommend that students take WSET Level 2 (or have equivalent knowledge) before taking these courses.

Below are all of our Certification Course offerings.  You can filter by certification by clicking on the arrow next to “Certification” in the gray bar.


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