Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

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Build a world of knowledge with WSET.

If you’re working in the drinks industry, or you’re a discerning drinker who wants to know more about the endlessly fascinating world of wines, spirits and sakes, WSET offers the most comprehensive and respected courses available.

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About WSET

WSET (The Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is the world's leading provider of wine and spirit education. For 50 years they've been educating the industry's experts and enthusiasts alike. An independent and not-for-profit organisation, they pride themselves on providing impartial, expertly designed, practical qualifications that are globally recognised.

In the last academic year (2017/18) 94,822 candidates sat for a WSET qualification, and since 1969, WSET has awarded more than half a million individuals a WSET qualification.

WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris said, “2019 marks a momentous year for WSET and we are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the occasion. We will be bringing together our network of qualification holders and educators worldwide to look back on all that we have achieved, and more importantly, inspire a future generation of better educated wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts who will make this industry thrive for another 50 years and beyond.”

WSET qualifications

By the end of 2019, WSET will have nine beginner qualifications to expert levels in the three distinct categories of wine, spirits and sake, offered through a network of over 750 Approved Programme Providers in more than 75 countries and 15 languages.

WSET offers qualifications across four levels, from one-day beginner courses through to an expert level diploma. Qualification levels 1 to 3 are regulated by the UK Government (Ofqual). Online learning is also available for many of the qualifications.

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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Wines & Spirits
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits
WSET Level 4 Award Diploma in Wines and Spirits

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

Find your nearest WSET course provider

If you want to start learning more about wines, spirits or sake, you can enrol in a WSET course with one of over 475 course providers located in 66 countries. Visit the WSET website to see which courses are available near you.

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In 2019, WSET is partnering with IWSC, also celebrating its 50th anniversary, for a new initiative that will identify the next generation of leading wine and spirits professionals and emphasise the importance of developing new talent through education and awards. Chosen by an illustrious panel of judges, ‘The Future 50’ will recognise 50 of the global industry’s up-and-coming talent at a range of levels from all reaches of the trade. Nominations are due to open in February with winners announced ahead of IWSC’s annual banquet in November 2019. Find out more information at WSET's website.

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