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. Students learn how wine is made, the main types and styles of wine as well as the factors that influence wine style and quality, common wine grapes and their characteristics, how to store and serve wine, the principals of food and wine pairing, labeling terminology, and how to describe wine using a systematic approach to tasting.
Classes cover five different levels of knowledge and skill, from absolute beginner to expert. Prices include tuition, study materials, and exam fees. Resit fees cost $50 for Level 1, $150 for Level 2, and $100 & $150 for the Level 3 tasting and theory exams respectively. We can also customize a class and come to your location.
Each class has a total qualification time (TQT) which is the approximate amount of time a student needs to devote to study to be successful in the class. The total qualification time includes all classroom hours plus any time spent taking the exam and independently studying. The TQT, as well as more information on what each course assesses and covers may be found in the course specifications attached below:
About the Wine and Spirit Education Trust
The WSET has over 50 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 100,000 examination candidates per year, in 72 countries and 17 different languages. WSET is a UK-based educational charity that works closely with the drinks industry, educational partners worldwide and the relevant regulatory authorities, always striving to provide best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the students that take their courses. They 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 with the International Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2000 thereby establishing a systematic framework for continuous quality improvement.
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 Levels 1 and 2 qualifications.