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WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.

In the last academic year over 72,000 candidates sat a WSET exam in 73 countries.

2020 WSET Training Schedule

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced wine professional, the WSET Award in Wines is a fantastic course to increase your knowledge. This one-day course provides the foundation of wine knowledge as well as insight into food and wine pairing. Successful candidates will receive the WSET Level 1 Certificate.

February 8
9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Shawnessy Tasting Centre

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

An all-encompassing course designed for the wine enthusiast who wants to increase their knowledge and an industry standard for professionals. This course covers all the major grape varieties, where they are grown, and how to taste wine using the Systematic Approach to Tasting. Successful participants will receive the WSET Level 2 Certificate.

March 14, 15, 28
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Oakridge Tasting Centre 

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WSET Level 3 Awards in Wine

An advanced course, designed to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines and spirits of the world. In this six-day course students will gain in-depth knowledge of wine production, global wine regions, spirit and liqueur production, as well as fortified and sparkling wine. Students will also benefit from the in-depth tastings where they will learn to identify product style and quality using the Systematic Approach to Tasting. Successful participants will receive the WSET Advanced Certificate.

February 15,16 and March 7, 8, 28 & 29 
9:30 am-5:30 pm
Crowfoot Tasting Centre

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WSET level 1 Award in Spirits

A beginner level introduction to spirits for those starting a career in the industry or pursuing an interest in spirits.

For individuals new to the subject, 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 flavours and aromas. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

Mar 7
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Beddington Tasting Centre

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WSET level 2 Award in Spirits

The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits underpins the skills needed in all areas of the spirit trade – customer service, hospitality, retail and wholesale.  This three-day course is also appropriate for students who are not employed in the alchoholic beverage industry and wish to broaden their knowledge of spirits in a structured way.  The aim of the course is to give comprehensive training and cover the history, production and styles of principal spirits and liqueurs.  Succesful candidates  will receive the WSET Level 2 Certificate.

Oct. 19, 20 & Nov. 2
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Crowfoot Tasting Centre

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WSET Tasting Technique Workshops

A blind tasting workshop designed for those pursuing WSET certifications, or those simply interested in learning more about how to taste and analyze wine in a blind tasting format.

Tuesday, January 21
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shawnessy Tasting Centre

Tuesday, February 11 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Crowfoot Tasting Centre

Wednesday, March 25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Oarkridge Tasting Centre

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Certified Beer Enthusiast

Prud’Homme Beer Certification

This introductory course in beer education is designed for participants interested in furthering their knowledge and interest in beer.

The focus will be on brewing ingredients and processes, tasting concepts, pouring and serving concepts, and will also include an introduction to draught systems and food and beer pairings.

Oakridge Tasting Centre
April 4 & 5, 2020
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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