Wine, Spirit & Bartender Training: Why take WSET courses? inploi Team | 06.10.2017
What is the WSET?
WSET stands for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust - an internationally respected organisation which aims to deliver the best wine and spirit education to professionals and enthusiasts worldwide.
What qualifications do they offer?
The WSET provides three different qualifications:
- Certificates in Wines, Spirits and other alcoholic beverages
- Higher Certificates in Wines and Spirits
- Diplomas in Wines and Spirits
Their most popular ‘Awards’ are offered in the following categories:
- WSET Award in Wines (Level 1-3)
- WSET Award in Wine Service (Level 1)
- WSET Award in Wine and Spirits (Level 1-2)
- WSET Award in Spirits (Level 1-2)
- WSET Award in Sake (Level 1-3)
The WSET Level 1 Awards are the beginner courses for those interested in learning more about their chosen subject.
Level 1 often only takes one day to complete, providing a foundation of key terms and principles.
Level 2 is a step up, requiring students to read a textbook, as well as attending a three-day course in order to complete the certification. Most course providers offer a 6-day course to complete Level 3 and a much wider knowledge through practice and reading is required.
The WSET also provide a Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits. This is one of the most well-respected qualifications in the wine industry, with only 9,177 people to have ever completed it! Those who have attained the certification often see it as a springboard to join world-renowned institutions including the The Institute of Masters of Wine.
Why take a WSET course?
The WSET Awards are a great way to set your CV/profile apart from other candidates, particularly if you are applying to a specialised wine bar, cocktail bar, brewery or winery!
Having a deeper level of knowledge in wines and spirits will help boost your confidence when selling to customers, and is also likely to help with future career progression.
Level 1 and Level 2 are popularly paid for by employers, or can be undertaken by individuals prior to employment.
Enjoy reading this? Find out where to study for WSET qualifications with our short guide: Wine & Spirit Education: Top Guide to WSET courses in London.
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