WSET Wine & Spirit Education Trust

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

WSET Educator of the year 2016 WSET Global Wine Educator of the Year 2019

Wine Education for Every Level of Knowledge

WSET Certification Online​

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) provides high-quality education in wines and spirits to more than 108,557 people every year around the globe, making it the biggest and most respected wine education and certification organization of its kind in the world. The Napa Valley Wine Academy (NVWA) is proud to be a WSET-approved provider of wine and spirit education classes. NVWA offers classes toward WSET certification online and at eight locations across the US./p>

Established in London in 1969 and currently offering its prestigious wine courses in over 73 countries and 19 languages, 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. In 2015, their efforts were recognized with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Now you can earn WSET certification online with courses offered through the Napa Valley Wine Academy.

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WSET Level 1 Foundation Certification in Wine, Spirits, and Sake

An excellent way to jump start your career in wine.

This class provides a basic introduction to the main styles of wines available today. Level 1 is ideal for those who want to learn more for either personal knowledge
or to boost wine confidence for hospitality, retail or other front-of-the-house positions in the industry. Ideal for restaurant servers without prior, formal wine education. Students will also gain insight into wine and food pairing techniques. Perfect for those entering the wine business or for those who want to know more about one of their favorite beverages.

Entry Requirements
  • This is an intro course

 

What you’ll learn
  • Knowledge of the basics of wine and wine styles
  • Tutored tasting experience
  • WSET Level 1 Award Certification
Notes:
  • This is a single day, 8-hour class.
  • All course materials and textbooks, including any test fees, are included.

WSET Level 2 Certification- Award in Wine and  Award in Spirits

An excellent way to jump start your career in wine.

Level 2 Award in Wine: This qualification covers the key grape varieties grown and the different styles of wine produced around the world. During class, students will be taken through a guided tasting of wines and taught the WSET systematic approach to tasting wine that will let you access wines in a structured manner. Napa Valley Wine Academy students will receive study pointers on the Level 2 WSET® exam. 

Level 2 Award in Spirits: This qualification covers the key production methods that affect the characteristics of spirits and liqueurs along with covering the characteristics of the principal international spirits and liqueurs. During class, students will be taken through a guided tasting of diferent spirits and taught the WSET systematic approach to tasting spirits.

Entry Requirements
  • This is an intermediate level course
What you’ll learn
  • Training in the broad range of wine, spirits and liqueur
  • Tutored tasting of wines
  • Knowledge of the systematic approach to tasting
  • Level 2 Award in Wine Certification from the WSET®
Notes:
  • This is a two-day, 8-hour per day class
  • All course materials and textbooks, including any test fees are included
  • Only wines to be tasted in class are provided in this course
  • Advanced preparation with course text and materials is required

WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and Award in Sake– Advanced

An excellent way to jump start your career in wine or sake.

This course provides a more in-depth and comprehensive look at the world of wines  or sake (depending on which course you enroll in) with an intense focus on the systematic approach to tasting.

The Level 3 Award in Wine course covers the major grapes and wine styles produced around the world, including what influences the style and quality of these wines and the prices procured for them. A guided tasting of 70+ different wines – still, sparkling, and fortified – will be conducted in class over the course of 5 days.

The Level 3 Award in Sake course covers the main techniques that are used in the production of sake and how they influence style and quality, along with covering the principal and specialty categories of sake and the sake industry and the commercial importance of sake in the Japanese and export markets.  During the in-class portion you will be guided  through a tasting of 30+ different sakes.

Entry Requirements
  • Level 2 certification is
    recommended.
  • This is an advanced level course
What you’ll learn
  • In-depth training on wines, spirits and liqueurs of the world with an understanding of the factors that influence style, quality, and price.
  • Knowledge applicable to sales, hospitality and wholesale areas of the industry, but also to those wishing to gain a deeper knowledge of wines around the world.
  • WSET® Tutored tasting of 80+ wines  which lets you professionally access wines.
  • An advanced Level 3 Award in Wine Certification from the WSET®
  • Ability to request and use the official logo — WSET Certified Advanced — on your business cards, websites, and other professional material.
  • The required pre-requisite for Level 4 Diploma in Wine.
Notes:
  • Two options are offered for this course, which requires 32 hours of classroom instruction:
    OPTION 1: Students may register for a 5-day immersion (includes field trip at our Napa location)
    OPTION 2: Students may register for our 8-week night course
  • NEW- Online WSET Level 3 study module included with the tuition
  • All course materials and textbooks, including any test fees are included
  • Only wines to be tasted in class are provided in this course
  • Advanced preparation with course text and materials is required

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits

An excellent way to jump start your career in wine.

The Level 4 Diploma is designed for those working in the wine and spirits trade who are interested in persuing a career into food and beverage management, brand management, wine buyer for retail or restaurant, sales executive or other professional roles in the wines and spirits industry. This level of study is also suitable for the dedicated wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 3 and acquire further expertise in wine tasting.

What will this qualification prepare me for?

This is the WSET’s flagship qualification, designed to prepare you for senior positions within the wines and spirits business. The course aims to not only develop your product knowledge to a specialist level, but will also enable you to acquire skills that will continue to be of use beyond the course and in your personal and professional wine journey. All courses are taught by industry experts, all of whom have up to date knowledge of contemporary and commercial issues related to wines and spirits.

The Level 4 Diploma is universally viewed as a pre-requisite to entry into the Master of Wine qualification.

Program Outline

The Diploma qualification is broken down into six mandatory units. Units 1 and 2 are typically taken first and the other units are taken in accordance with the program being offered by each Approved Program Provider.