WSET Certification

Education Partner

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.

LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS

OVERVIEW

Number of weeks: 4

Number of modules: 5

Hard Copy Study Materials Needed?:  No

Total Qualification Time: 6 hours. This is made up of 6 Guided Learning Hours, which includes self-study, all course modules, and a 45-minute exam.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Module 1: What are spirits and how are they made?

  • List and state the purpose of the four key stages used in spirits production.
  • Identify the two types of still, state how they are used and what styles of spirit they can produce.
  • Identify the production processes that affect the aroma, sweetness and colour of a spirit.

Module 2: Cognac, vodka and an introduction to tasting

  • Name the types of Cognac and the defining aromas of Cognac and vodka.
  • Name the raw material used to make Cognac and vodka.
  • Identify key production processes that influence the characteristics of Cognac and vodka.
  • State the meaning of key Cognac labelling terms.

Module 3: Whisk(e)y

  • Name the principal categories and types of whisk(e)y and their defining aromas.
  • Name the raw material used to make whisk(e)y.
  • Identify key production processes that influence the characteristics of the principal categories and types of whisk(e)y.
  • State the meaning of key labelling terms used for the principal categories and types of whisk(e)y.

Module 4: Rum and Tequila

  • Name the principal types of rum and the principal categories and types of Tequila and their defining aromas.
  • Name the raw material used to make rum and Tequila .
  • Identify key production processes that influence the characteristics of the principal types of rum and the principal categories and types of Tequila.
  • State the meaning of key labelling terms used for the principal categories and types of Tequila.

Module 5: Flavoured spirits and aromatised wines

  • Name the principal categories and types of flavoured spirits and aromatised wines and state their defining aromas.
  • Identify key production processes that influence the characteristics of the principal categories and types of flavoured spirits and aromatised wines.
  • State the meaning of key labelling terms used for the principal categories and types of flavoured spirits and aromatised wines.

Module 6: Mixing with spirits

  • State the two sets of scales used to create a balanced cocktail.
  • Name four core cocktail families and some examples from each family.

Module 7: Revision and resources

  • Mock multiple-choice feedback examination which can be attempted as many times as the student likes.

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, self-paced, online course culminates with an exam. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin. Please note that all course materials are provided as part of the course fee, but spirits samples are to be provided by student.

LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS

OVERVIEW

Number of weeks: 5

Number of modules: 6

Hard Copy Study Materials Needed?: Yes

Total Qualification Time: 26 hours. This is made up of 15 Guided Learning Hours (of which 1 hour is for the examination), and 11 hours of private study.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Module 1: Introducing spirits

  • Learn to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting®
  • Discover how spirits are made and the influence of production methods on the style of spirit produced.

Module 2: Fruit spirits and Whisky/Whiskey

  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of fruit spirits and whiskies.
  • Learn about the key characteristics and labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.

Module 3: Sugar cane spirits and Tequila and Mezcal

  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of rum, cachaça, tequila and mezcal.
  • Learn about the key characteristics and labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.

Module 4: Vodka, flavoured spirits and aromatised wines

  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of vodka, flavoured spirits, and aromatised wines.
  • Learn about the key labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.

Module 5: Mixing with spirits

  • Learn about the key ingredients and the factors to be considered when making a balanced cocktail.
  • Learn about the key cocktail families and know notable examples from each.

Module 6: Revision and resources

  • Mock multiple-choice feedback examination which can be attempted as many times as the student likes.

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, self-paced, online course culminates with an exam. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo. Please note that all course materials are provided as part of the course fee, but spirits samples are to be provided by student.

Current WSET Course Offerings, Details, and Registration

Level 1 Course Offerings

Level 1 Award in Spirits

Learn more about course details here.

Course Fee: $325

  • January 9, 2023 – February 5, 2023; Virtual Exam – February 22

Registration Deadline: December 19, 2022

  • May 1, 2023 – May 28, 2023; Virtual Exam – June 7 OR In-person exam June 14 (at DISCUS Annual Conference)

Registration Deadline: April 17, 2023

  • June 26, 2023 – July 23, 2023; Virtual Exam – August 9

Registration Deadline: June 12, 2023

Level 2 Course Offerings

Level 2 Award in Spirits

Learn more about course details here.

Course Fee: $550

  • Jan 23, 2023 – Feb 26, 2023; Virtual Exam – March 8

Registration Deadline: January 9, 2923

  • March 20, 2023 – April 23, 2023; Virtual Exam – May 3 OR In-person exam June 14 (at DISCUS Annual Conference)

Registration Deadline: March 6, 2023

  • July 10, 2023 – August 13, 2023; Virtual Exam – August 30

Registration Deadline: June 26, 2023

For information about upcoming courses or webinars provided by DISCUS, please email [email protected]