WSET Level 3 – Ten (10) Week Online Course

Advanced Knowledge & Tasting Skills​​

Gain a professional understanding of wine to improve career opportunities and personal recognition in the industry​

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WSET Level 3 – Ten (10) Week Online Course

The beginning of the WSET certification path

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WSET Level 3 – Ten (10) Week Online Course

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IDEAL FOR: ADVANCED

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10 WEEKS

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84+ HRS OF STUDY

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ONLINE

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WSET LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATION

WHY PREPARE FOR WSET CERTIFICATION WITH US?

ONLINE

Online Wine Academy™ Student Portal

Accelerate your learning with access to our proprietary student platform, where you can ask questions, get answers, and engage with other wine experts.

VIRTUAL-TASTINGS

Test Taking Strategies

We don’t just teach the material, we prepare you for the tests. We provide study packs, mock exam questions and tasting activities for every level.

EXPERT-TEAM

NVWA + WSET Trained Instructors

Our industry experts are also expert instructors. We train them ourselves. They don’t just have knowledge, they also know how to share it.

Time to Advance

Everything You Need to Excel at WSET Level 3

WSET Level 3 – Ten (10) Week Online Course

$1,345.00

Do you want to earn your Level 3 certification but feel intimidated by other students’ stories?

 

Earning this advanced certification isn’t easy, but we arm you for success. We teach our students the WSET way of thinking. You’ll not only know the material, you’ll understand what they are looking for so you can feel confident on test day. 

 

If you’re going to invest the hours required to earn a Level 3 certification, make sure you have the support you need for success.



By the end of the course you’ll:

 

  • Understand the key factors in wine production including location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • Identify key characteristics of still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world

Evaluate wines with blind tasting using WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting®  (SAT)

Have you considered Level 3 certification but feel intimidated by other students’ stories?

Earning this advanced certification isn’t easy, but we arm you for success. We teach our students the WSET way of thinking. You’ll not only know the material, you’ll understand what they are looking for so you can feel confident on test day. We also include a  24 bottle (100 ml) wine tasting kit*, curated by our experts for this level.

This course will help you develop an extensive understanding of wines. You’ll learn all major grape varieties and wine styles produced around the world, and understand what influences their style and quality. 

By the end of WSET Level 3, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the key factors in wine production, including location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • Identify key characteristics of still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world
  • Evaluate wines with blind tasting using WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting®  (SAT)

*NO SHIP LOCATIONS: International (outside of United States), AK, AL, AR, CT, DE, HI, MD, MS, NH, NJ, RI, SD, UT, VT, WV.

Curious about the Webinar Schedule for course dates you’re perusing? Consult the schedule here!

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10-WEEK WSET LEVEL 3 ONLINE COURSE

Here’s what you can expect:

Curriculum

Each Week at a Glance

  1.  SAT, Wine with Food, Storage & Service of Wine, Theory & Tasting Exam Technique
    + Theory Webinar
  2. The Vine, The Growing Environment, Vineyard Management
    + Tasting Webinar 
  3. Common Elements in Winemaking & Maturation, White & Sweet Winemaking, Red & Rosé Winemaking
  4. Factors that Affect the Price of Wine, Wine & Law, Bordeaux, SW France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
    + Theory & Tasting Webinar 
  5. Alsace, Loire Valley, Rhône Valley, Southern France
  6. Germany, Austria, Tokaj, Greece
  7. Italy, Spain, Portugal
    + Theory & Tasting Webinar 
  8. USA, Canada, Chile
  9. Argentina, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand
  10. Sparkling Wine Production, Sparkling Wines of the World, Sherry, Port, Fortified Muscats
    + Theory & Tasting Webinar 

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Expert Support

Your registration includes:

WSET Level 3 is ideal for:

  • Highly motivated individuals hoping to continue their wine education journey (Level 2 certification highly recommended)
  • Those working in the retail or hospitality industry who want to assist in product selection
  • Enthusiasts who want a detailed understanding of grape growing and winemaking

HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT

Trained WSET Instructors | Online Support | 73% pass rate for Level 3

Wine education is complex enough. Here’s how we make it easy to achieve certification:

WSET Level 3 includes

30 hours of live and recorded training, plus guided tasting webinars with 24 wines. Exam includes 50 multiple choice questions, a paper of short written answers and a blind tasting of two samples.

Online Wine Academy™ Student Portal

Get access to live webinars, plus a video library to further hone your skills and expand your knowledge.

NVWA Student-Only Community

Ask questions and get answers with NVWA certified experts. Plus, engage with our +4,000 community.

INTRODUCING

YOUR WINE GUIDE(S) FOR

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DIRECT ACCESS TO WINE INDUSTRY EXPERTS

• 5 Master of Wine Instructors
• 2 Master Sommeliers
• 4 Diploma student-only support staff
• 12 Wine Industry Specialists
• 1 dedicated mentor per student

You’re ready to dip your toes into the world of wine, but don’t want to feel totally overwhelmed.
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DIRECT ACCESS TO WINE INDUSTRY EXPERTS

• 5 Master of Wine Instructors
• 2 Master Sommeliers
• 4 Diploma student-only support staff
• 12 Wine Industry Specialists
• 1 dedicated mentor per student

You’re ready to dip your toes into the world of wine, but don’t want to feel totally overwhelmed.

JUST 3 SIMPLE STEPS TO

ACE YOUR WSET CERTIFICATION

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ENROLL

You'll receive a Welcome Email with everything you need to get the most out of your experience.

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ATTEND

Join us for live webinars, ask questions, and accelerate your wine knowledge with our certified wine experts.

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TOAST

Celebrate your success with a deeper appreciation and understanding of what’s in the glass!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Holding the WSET Level 2 Award in Wine certification is strongly recommended, otherwise, you need to successfully complete the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Online Entry Test.
The WSET Level 3 online course is entirely self-paced, except for 5 live webinars set by the instructor in weeks 1, 2, 4, 7, and 10 of the course (webinar schedule is posted here. Webinars are recorded for those unable to attend live via zoom, usually lasting 60-90 minutes).

Access to the online course is for 1 year but you choose the dates of your 10 week, Instructor-led course. On the start date of your course, you will receive access via email link to the online course portal. You have access to the course materials 24/7! Only the webinars are scheduled at specific times, again, recorded if you can’t watch live.
You will have access to the whole course for 12-months online: 10 weeks for the instructor-led portion and then the rest via the Post-Course Module without webinars or live instructor.

No, due to the blind tasting component, the WSET Level 3 exam must be taken IN PERSON at one of our locations offered around the U.S.

The wine kits will be delivered in two installments.  The first delivery will take place in week 1 of the class and the second kit will arrive in week 4.  You will receive a shipping notification from UPS when your kit has been shipped.  If you sign up for UPS MyChoice you can track your shipping and make delivery adjustments.

 

If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you can resit the exam during another scheduled exam date. A resit fee applies.

Included in the course price is access to the online classroom for 10 weeks, all your material fees, exam fee, and online access to our exam prep online module.

The wine kits will be delivered in two installments.  The first delivery will take place in week 1 of the class and the second kit will arrive in week 4.  You will receive a shipping notification from UPS when your kit has been shipped.  If you sign up for UPS MyChoice you can track your shipping and make delivery adjustments.

 

Candidates will be required to pass a closed-book in-person examination, comprising two units.

Unit 1:  A theory examination of two parts to be completed in two hours. The paper comprises:

  • 50 multiple-choice questions
  • 4 x 25 mark short written answer questions

Unit 2:  A tasting examination consisting of a blind tasting of two still wines.

A grade of 55% in each part is required to achieve a pass in this unit of the qualification.

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This is a ten-week, self-paced course with a fixed start/end date. However you will have 12 months of access to the online learning material, providing you the flexibility to study wine in a way that fits your schedule.The Level 3 Award in Wine Online class covers the same syllabus as the classroom course but through a supported and interactive Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator.

Please note that the exam is completed in person at one of our testing locations.  

This course provides a more in-depth and comprehensive look at the world of wines with an intense focus on systematically and professionally tasting wines.

The course now includes a 24 bottle (100ml bottles) wine tasting kit with every enrollment, making it easy to participate in our dedicated WSET Level 3 LIVE tasting webinars. Using these kits, you will actively taste along with your classmates and calibrate to your WSET-Certified instructor. All wines included in the kits have been carefully selected by Master of Wine Peter Marks and NVWA Head of Education Catherine Bugue to match the WSET Level 3 specification and ensure you have the best opportunity to calibrate your palate for the blind tasting portion of the exam.

The course also includes lecture videos from top-industry educators and interactive activities for each chapter of the book. After the ten weeks are completed, you will have access to the post-course exam prep module, which contains flashcards, a compendium of mock multiple choice and short answer questions, lecture videos and more.

To successfully obtain the WSET® Level 3 Award Certification in Wine, students must take a two-part exam: a written and tasting portion in person at one of our Level 3 testing locations.

Upon successful completion of this WSET® Level 3 Certification Course and Exam, you will have gained:

  • In-depth training on wines 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.
  • 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 WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wine.

The level of Knowledge Needed to Take This Course: WSET® Level 2 certification highly recommended

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

  • This course is ideal for anyone wishing to hold knowledge of the leading wines of the world and to master a systematic approach to tasting that lets students access their quality and price.
  • Level 3 is particularly recommended to equip those employed around the world in the wine industry with the authority and confidence to make informed decisions in a wide variety of trade situations. For those in a supervisory capacity, or those wishing to advance to such a position, the course provides the skills to advise management or customers on wine selections.
  • This course is also for wine collectors or wine enthusiasts who wish to gain a better knowledge of wine to recognize varied wines around the world and the ability to access their quality and the price being asked for such wines.

Each week consists of a series of online activities, often based on group discussion, with an online tutor allocated to guide the students’ studies. Online class includes 

  • LIVE webinars and instructor support. 
  • A quiz is provided at the end of each week for students to practice for the exam and assess their understanding of that week’s topics. 
  • Tasting activities are also provided to familiarize students with the Systematic Approach to Tasting at the advanced level. 
  • 12-months of access to the online learning material
  • One exam credit valid for 12 months from the start of your online course.  The exam must be taken in person at one of our Level 3 testing locations. Please note that examinations for the qualification courses are only available at the Napa Valley Wine Academy in Napa and Santa Barbara, California, with limited additional dates in FL, CO, TN, NJ.

System Requirements: Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible with Javascript and cookies enabled. Adobe Reader XI or equivalent. Adobe Flash Player 11. Internet access (broadband recommended). 

Wine Kits:

We are able to ship the wine kits to the following states ONLY: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, Wash DC. Adult signature required.

NO SHIP LOCATIONS: International (outside of United States), AK, AL, AR, CT, DE, HI, MD, MS, NH, NJ, RI, SD, UT, VT, WV.

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 11.5 × 2 in
Course Date

October 6 – December 15, 2021, November 10, 2021 – January 19, 2022, December 8, 2021 – February 16, 2022, January 12 – March 23, 2022, February 9 – April 20, 2022, March 9 – May 18, 2022, April 6-June 15, 2022, May 11 – July 20, 2022, June 8 – August 17, 2022

Certification

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

Course Format

Online Course

Knowledge Level

Advanced

Course Type

Professional

Level

Level 3

Location

Subject

Wine

Region of Study

Global

Want to know if this program is right for you?

Schedule a call to speak with one of our WSET diploma series experts.

How We’re Different

We’re Premier, not Pretentious

We design our programs for students, not snobs. We know wines are complex, but believe wine education should be approachable and fun.

(There’s a reason we have some of the highest pass rates in the industry.)

WSET Educator of the Year 2016

AWARD WINNING

WSET Educator of the Year 2019
Helping enthusiasts and professionals become confident wine authorities.

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