DON’T TRUST YOUR CERTIFICATION TO JUST ANYONE
If you’re considering certification with The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), you need a trusted guide to help you prepare for the exam.
Napa Valley Wine Academy is the largest and most awarded Approved Program Provider of the WSET, with some of the highest pass rates in the industry. We offer classes toward WSET certification online and at eight locations across the US.
WHAT IS WSET?
Based in London, WSET is the largest and most respected wine education and certification organization of its kind in the world. More than 100,000 people each year pursue wine and spirits education through them.
Established in London in 1969, WSET has become the foremost international organization in the field of wines and spirits education, with over half a million individuals having completed a WSET qualification. They currently offer courses in over 73 countries and 19 languages. In 2015, their efforts were recognized with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
WSET IN WINE
WSET LEVEL 1 IN WINE
In this beginner-level course you will be introduced to the fundamentals of wine through sight, smell and taste. You’ll awaken your palate and be introduced to WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT). By the end of the course, you’ll be able to identify the main styles of wine and understand the basic principles of food and wine pairings. If you’ve studied wine independently for several years, you may be qualified to begin with WSET Level 2.
WSET LEVEL 2 IN WINE
This intermediate-level course will expand your wine knowledge so you can confidently share it with others. You’ll explore wine regions and wine styles in more detail, identifying the major grape varieties that define the world’s key wines. All wines you will taste for this course were carefully selected by Master of Wine Peter Marks and Director of Education Catherine Bugue to help you calibrate your palate to WSET Level 2 SAT specifications.
WSET LEVEL 3 IN WINE
Level 3 is an advanced certification that allows you to not only taste and describe wine accurately, but also explain style and quality through a comprehensive understanding of wine production options. You’ll also develop your tasting skills to objectively evaluate a wine’s characteristics, quality and potential for ageing. All wines you will taste have been carefully selected by Master of Wine Peter Marks and Director of Education Catherine Bugue to match the WSET Level 3 specification and prepare you for the blind tasting portion of the exam.
WSET LEVEL 4 IN WINE
As WSET’s highest certification, Level 4 is a specialist-level course for anyone who wants to become a decision maker or authority in the wine industry. You’ll master your analytical tasting skills to explain and evaluate wine at an expert level, and thoroughly understand the core principles of production and the business of wine. Earning your Diploma requires two years of study, 6 units, 5 in-person exams and one independent research assignment.
WSET IN Spirits
WSET LEVEL 1 IN Spirits
Whether you’re just starting in the industry or pursuing a personal interest, WEST Level 1 is a hands-on, basic introduction to spirits. Explore the main styles and types through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
WSET LEVEL 2 IN Spirits
This course covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs as well as the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category. Students will be introduced to the Systematic Approach to Tasting in Spirits while also exploring the use of spirits in cocktails. The product knowledge gained on this course will give a significant advantage to those working with spirits in both on- and off-trade alcohol. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
WSET IN SAKE
WSET LEVEL 1 IN SAKE
A beginner-level introduction for those starting a career in the industry or pursuing an interest in sake. If you’re new to the subject, this qualification offers a hands-on introduction through sight, smell and taste. You’ll explore the main styles and types of sake and develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
WSET LEVEL 3 IN SAKE
An advanced-level qualification for professionals working with sake or sake enthusiasts. Level up your expertise by understanding production methods that affect the style, quality and price of sake. Upon completion you will be able to assess sakes accurately, and use this understanding to make authoritative recommendations. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.