What is my WSET Level?

What will I learn in each WSET Level?

Introduction to WSET Wine Education The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) offers globally recognized certifications, providing comprehensive knowledge in the world of wines. These certifications are crucial for those aspiring to make a mark in the wine industry.

WSET Level 1 in Wines Overview: The entry-level qualification provides a basic understanding of wine types and grape varieties. Key Learning Outcomes: Students learn about wine styles, storage, service, and food pairing basics. Course Structure: The course includes a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical sessions.

WSET Level 2 in Wines Overview: This level offers more detailed insights into the wide range of wines. Key Learning Outcomes: Focuses on grape varieties, regions, and wine production. Course Structure: The curriculum involves tasting sessions alongside theory.

WSET Level 3 in Wines Overview: Advanced level focusing on in-depth knowledge of wine. Key Learning Outcomes: Covers wine-making processes, maturation, and global wine legislation. Course Structure: More complex tasting techniques are introduced. Exam Format: Involves a theory and a tasting exam.

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines Overview: The pinnacle of WSET qualifications, offering expert-level knowledge. Key Learning Outcomes: Deep dive into viticulture, vinification, and wine business. Course Structure: Encompasses several in-depth modules and research assignments. Exam and Assessment: Includes written exams, a research paper, and blind tastings.

Career Opportunities After WSET Certifications Industry Opportunities: Opens doors to careers in hospitality, retail, education, and more. Advanced Studies: Paves the way for further wine education and specializations.


  1. Can I skip a level in WSET? Skipping levels in WSET is generally not recommended, especially for beginners, as each level builds upon the knowledge gained in the previous one. However, if you have significant prior knowledge or experience in wines, you may be able to start at Level 2 or even Level 3 after discussing your background with a WSET course provider. They can assess your knowledge and advise whether skipping a level would be appropriate.

  2. Are there online options for WSET courses? Yes, there are online options available for WSET courses. These online courses offer the same rigorous training and qualifications as in-person classes. They are designed to provide flexibility and convenience for students who cannot attend physical classes. The online courses are led by qualified tutors and include interactive sessions, guided tastings (where applicable), and online assessments.

  3. What careers can I pursue with a WSET certification? A WSET certification opens numerous career opportunities in the wine industry. Graduates can work in wine retail, as wine buyers, in the hospitality sector as sommeliers or beverage managers, in wine education and training, in wine marketing and sales, or in wine production and distribution. Advanced levels of WSET certifications are also beneficial for those looking to pursue specialized roles such as wine writers, critics, or consultants.

  4. How does WSET Level 4 differ from a sommelier course? The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines is an in-depth program focusing on all aspects of wine, including viticulture, vinification, and the business of wine. It is academically rigorous and provides a comprehensive understanding of wines from around the world. In contrast, sommelier courses, while also covering a broad range of wine knowledge, place a stronger emphasis on service, practical skills, and food pairing, as these are crucial for working in a restaurant setting. Sommelier courses are therefore more tailored for those aiming to work in hospitality and fine dining.



Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109


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Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427


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Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)


1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203


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Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)


1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203


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Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)


1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606


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Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559