As our industry continues to grow and evolve, education is an important part of understanding our heritage, celebrating the present and considering our opportunities for the future. DISCUS appreciates the importance of education and has several education partners detailed below. In addition, DISCUS members have access to our past webinars and various resources on our member portal. For more information about education programs and resources, please contact [email protected].
Society of Wine Educators (SWE)
SWE, founded in 1977, is a membership-based nonprofit organization (501c3) focused on providing wine and spirits education along with the conferral of several certifications. The Society is internationally recognized, and its programs are highly regarded for both their quality and relevance to the industry. The Society of Wine Educators offers two self-study certification programs focusing on spirits; Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) and Certified Spirits Educator (CSE).
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)
DISCUS is pleased to be partnering with WSET as an approved program provider of the WSET Level 1 and Level 2 Award in Spirits course. For our cancellation policy and other DISCUS policies related to WSET, please click here.
WSET provides world class education and qualifications to inspire and empower spirits professionals. They offer a comprehensive suite of qualifications covering wines, spirits and sake. WSET courses are globally recognized as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge and designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals.
LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS
This foundational course is ideal for anyone who wishes to obtain a sound introduction to spirits. No previous spirits knowledge is required – ideal for those starting a career in the industry or pursuing a general interest in spirits. This qualification offers a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits. You’ll explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. The four-week online course culminates with an in-person exam. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS
For individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs, the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits course will cover the fundamental production methods and principal raw materials discovering how they are used to make the key spirit styles. You’ll also explore the key practices and principles of serving spirits and the use of spirits in cocktails. The six-week online course culminates with an in-person exam. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
Current WSET Course Offerings, Details and Registration
For information about upcoming courses provided by DISCUS, please email [email protected]