Which course should I take?
Generally, most candidates begin with Level 2 Intermediate Certificate as it is an ideal starting level for those with little knowledge of wine, or those who have depth of knowledge regarding particular types of wine but lack a true breadth of knowledge of all the world's wines.
However, to begin with the Level 3 Advanced Certificate, the candidate ought to be extremely familiar with wine and spirits label interpretation, the fundamentals of wine-tasting, the world's major wine regions and their principal wines, as well as being able to give basic advice on wine selection and service. CLICK HERE for a list of sample questions for each level. If you would like to submit an application to skip Level 2, contact us.
The Advanced Certificate is a very difficult and comprehensive course. If there is any doubt about your wine knowledge, it is advised to build a solid foundation with the Intermediate level. If you plan to continue to the Level 4 (Diploma), Level 3 is required for acceptance.
What should I do if I cannot make my scheduled exam date?
If you cannot make your scheduled exam date, you can choose to take your exam on another scheduled date. There is no charge to move your exam if you submit a request for change, at least four weeks prior to your scheduled exam. After that there will be a $100 change fee.
What do I need to score to pass a course?
For all levels above Level 1 a 55% is the passing score, 70% is the passing score for Level 1.
What is the test like?
The exams for both Level 1 and Level 2 are multiple choice only. Level 3 consists of multiple choice, short answer, essay, and a tasting examination.
What is the online course like?
The online course is hosted by a WSET Educator in London, England. Each week consists of a different module, homework and tasting assignment for you to complete on your own schedule. Mock exams and quizzes are also included each week. Additionally, you have the staff at the Wine Education Institute to assist you with any module you need further explanation on through our mentoring program.
What happens if I do not pass the exam?
If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you can resit the exam during another scheduled exam date. A resit fee of $100 is charged.
What happens if my exam is lost by postal/shipping couriers on its way to London?
While this is very rare, it is still a remote possibility. Due to the nature of international shipping and customs regulations, we cannot insure your exam or otherwise attach value to it as this would incur customs duty for the shipment. Should an exam be lost, we will exercise all options available to us to locate the exam. WEI will order a new exam for you and work with you to re-test at the earliest possible convenient time. WEI will pay for the exam, related wines and all shipping fees for this replacement exam. WEI will not reimburse you for the completed course nor for any travel related expenses.
What is the difference between the WSET program and other programs like CMS, CWS, CWE?
The WSET program is a very intense program that gives a good understanding of the wine and spirits industry in terms of production (viticulture and vinification), regions, styles, how the business is run, and tasting methodology. Many other programs are very efficient in teaching one of these components, but not all three. Currently the WSET does not include any education about beer.
What is your refund policy?
For cancellations before the registration deadline of any program, a refund will be issued less a 10% cancellation fee if: all materials are returned and completely unused and the cancellation is made and materials are returned before the date of the first class. Shipping fees are not refundable. If a cancellation is made after the registration deadline, refunds are not available. However, registration is transferable for the same candidate to another session, date within the same academic year (August 1 – July 31) at no cost prior to the registration deadline. After the deadline, a transfer fee of $200 will apply. All transfers are subject to qualification and availability.
What is your payment policy?
We offer discounted payment options for early registrations. If you complete your application by the early registration date, you will receive a discount. In order to qualify for this offer, you must pay 50%, up front with the remaining about due before the first day of class. Any registrations after the early registration date will be full price with full payment required upfront. If you register late for any course, there will be a $25 late charge. Registration and payment can be completed online, through Paypal which accepts all major credit cards as well as checks.
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