WSET Level 3 Award in Wines | Online Course

Advanced Wine 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 Award in Wines | Online Course

Advanced certification for the serious student

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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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WSET LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATION

TAKE YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO ANOTHER LEVEL

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines | Online Course

$1,370.00

NEW! Exam Labs: SKILLS & DRILLS included

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 Award in Wine 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, but you’ll also 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, for calibration with your instructor and homework exercises; each wine chosen from the WSET’s full list of recommended wines to taste for Level 3 success.

This course will help you develop an extensive understanding of wines and confidently explain wine style. You’ll learn all major grape varieties and wine styles produced around the world, and understand what influences their style and quality. To read the course nitty-gritty, CLICK HERE.

By the end of WSET Level 3 Award in Wine, 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)

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

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

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Course Dates Live Webinar Times (all are recorded and posted to view after air date) Instructor
Aug 10 - Oct 12 Tuesday, Aug 16, 1 pm PST Thursday, Aug 25, 1 pm PST Tuesday, Sept 6, 1 pm PST Thursday, Sept 29, 1 pm PST Tuesday, Oct 18, 1 pm PST Liz Pirnat
Sept 14 - Nov 16 Sunday, Sept 18, 10am PST Monday, Sept 26, 4pm PST Monday, Oct 10, 4pm PST Saturday, Oct 29, 10am PST Sunday, Nov 20, 10am PST Jess Helfand
Oct 5 - Dec 7 Thursday, Oct 6, 1 pm PST Tuesday, Oct 11, 1 pm PST Thursday, Oct 27, 1 pm PST Thursday, Nov 17, 1 pm PST Thursday, Dec 8, 1 pm PST Liz Pirnat
Nov 9 - Jan 11 Monday, Nov 14, 4pm PST Monday, Nov 21, 4pm PST Monday, Dec 5, 4pm PST Tuesday, Dec 27, 4pm PST Sunday, Jan 15, 10am PST Jess Helfand
Dec 7 - Feb 8 To Be Determined Liz Pirnat

NEW! Exam Labs: SKILLS & DRILLS included with Level 3

Exam Labs WSET Level 3 Skills & Drills

Nervous about your upcoming WSET Level 3 exam? This self-paced course will teach you how to approach each portion of the Theory exam (multiple choice & short written answer) AND provides  self-evaluation tools to assess and learn what WSET is actually looking for in your answers. (Most mistakes happen because students didn’t understand what examiners wanted!)

Nail your exam planning and time management with mock exams broken down by each section, flash cards and video tips from one of our most experienced instructors. Includes approximately 30 hours of activities.

  • Welcome/Introduction Module
  • Exam Overview & Flashcards Module
  • Multiple Choice Questions Module
  • Short Written Answer (SWA) Module
  • Practice Exams Module

Should I have taken WSET Level 3 Award in Wines course from NVWA before doing these skills and drills?

This is supplemental exam preparation material intended for students who have completed the L3 course and are preparing for the exam. It is a included with enrollment in Level 3 at Napa Valley Wine Academy, but available for anyone to purchase separately

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
  • Wine enthusiasts who want a detailed understanding of grape growing and winemaking

WHY PREPARE FOR WSET CERTIFICATION WITH US?

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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.

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

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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• 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

THE NITTY GRITTY

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 wine knowledge 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 and tasting exercises. Using wines from these kits, you will actively taste along with your classmates and calibrate to your WSET-Certified instructor as well as utilize wines for homework assignments. 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. Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies, beyond those in the kits. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the Specification.

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.
  • Wine 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 Wine Knowledge Needed to Take This Course: WSET® Level 2 certification is 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 have wine kits shipped to the following states ONLY: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, and Wash DC.

NO SHIP LOCATIONS: International, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, MS, NJ, RI, SD, UT, VT, and WV.

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 11.5 × 2 in
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.

Do you prefer to learn in-person?

Our satellite locations are now open and offering WSET courses in a live classroom setting!

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

LEVEL 3 Wines Online – The Nitty Gritty

SCHEDULE: Our unique, online program is largely self-paced, accessible 24/7, packed with video lectures, hands-on experiments, online activities, and interactive quizzes led by WSET certified educators from our award-winning school. The only ‘scheduled’ lessons are the live online (via Zoom) webinars, homework submission and feedback during the 10-week instructor-led course.

CHOOSE the 10-week Instructor-led course that works for you.  Link to the WEBINAR SCHEDULE is on the product page to help make your decision. These hour-long lessons (via Zoom) are live tasting webinars and lectures set up by your WSET instructor. If you miss the scheduled sessions, watch the recorded version posted in the “WEBINAR” module in the online course.

COMMUNICATE and taste wines with your instructor during your 10 week course and interact with your fellow students through the discussions and community forums in our online course platform.

ACCESS to the course material is for a full 12 months so you can start studying from the day of enrollment, through the instructor-led 10 weeks and be ready to pass your exam on the date and location you select.

WINE KIT:  We’ve included a 24 bottle (100 ml) wine tasting kit with the course (additional shipping of $25 is applied at checkout for students in our shippable states).

We are unable to ship wine kits Internationally (outside of the United States) or to the U.S. States AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, MS, NJ, PR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WV.

Live in a State or Country we can’t ship wine to?  We invite students in these locations to source similar or equivalent wines locally.  We assist you by including a list of wine options in our WINE KIT info found inside your course.

STUDY MATERIALS:  The WSET Level 3 Wines course is supported by a study guide and workbook.  We ship out hard copy study packs to students within the continental US upon enrollment or email ebook version, if preferred.  International students are given access to an ebook online version via the WSET Global online portal (not downloadable or printable). Ebooks are accessible for 2 years through WSET Global portal.

We are happy to accommodate students wanting hardcopy options via reliable shipping channels with proven addresses. All additional fees are payable by the student and receipt only guaranteed through the Shipper (UPS, DHL, FEDEX). Contact us with a preferred shipper and address if you wish to purchase a hardcopy version.  We will vet shipping prices and time estimates best suited for delivery.

RECOMMENDED STUDY HOURS needed to pass the exam with distinction is 84 hours, made up of 32.5 Guided Learning Hours and 51.5 hours private study.

LEVEL 3 Wines EXAM must be done in person at one of our testing locations. The timed 2-part exam consists of a Blind Tasting portion evaluating 2 wines and a Theory Examination with 50 multiple choice questions and 4 Short written answer questions.  Choose the exam date and location that works best for you from our Level 3 Wine Exam Info page within one year of the course start date. Exam cost is included with the course.

WANT MORE HELP? We’ve got you covered! Additional study materials are available free on our Resources section of this website with free videos, webinars and online tastings. We also offer individual coaching with our experts!

PREREQUISITE: This is an advanced level course.  Students not holding WSET Level 2 Certification in wines or equivalent are invited to take the free placement test to assess their readiness via link on the main product page.

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