Q. What is included in your course price?
Our price includes IVA (sales tax), lunch each day at the winery venues (lunch is not included in Florence), all instruction, course materials, exam fee and wines tasted in class. Cellar tour is included at winery venues. Material delivery outside Italy will be charged at cost.
Q. What is the (WSET) Wine & Spirit Education Trust?
The WSET is an Educational Trust formed in London in 1969. The Trust was founded to provide wine education for professionals working in the industry. The WSET has grown into the world’s foremost wine education provider offering internationally recognised qualifications in over sixty countries.
Q. Will WSET Certification help my career?
WSET courses are taken by people of all ages and backgrounds. The qualifications are recognised internationally with many employers requiring applicants to be WSET certified. The WSET Diploma is also the springboard to students wishing to join the Institute of Masters of Wine programme.
Q. Which WSET course Level should I study?
WSET Level 1 is an introductory course, suited to those with no prior wine knowledge. Most students join us at Level 2, giving them the chance to become familiar with the world of wine and the WSET Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting before progressing to the more advanced Level 3. Level 3 is open to students who have passed Level 2 or those that can prove that they possess sufficient wine and spirits knowledge. Level 3 includes more in-depth examinations and a blind tasting. We recommend that students pass Level 2 before taking Level 3.
Q. What is the difference between WSET and existing Sommelier courses?
Sommelier courses are designed to train those wishing to work in the hospitality industry and here are naturally focused on wines from Italy. The WSET takes a more global view of the wine world giving students the chance to develop their tasting skills and knowledge more fully. WSET qualifications are the most widely recognised wine certification in the world.
Q. What are your classes like?
We host our classes at interesting venues across Italy. Classes are for a maximum of 14 people, you simply need to bring a pen and paper. We normally taste 12 to 18 wines each day. Classroom hours are normally 0930 – 1730 and we will take a couple of short breaks and a time out for lunch. Dress code is comfortable.
Q. How do I register and pay for a class?
Please follow the booking process on our website to secure your place. Once payment has been received we will issue your booking receipt. Final confirmation takes place 21 days prior to the course commencement date. No cancellations or transfers can be accepted after final confirmation.
Q. Special considerations and needs?
Please let us know prior to making a booking if you have any disability that might require special consideration either during the class or at exam time.
Q. What happens if I fail or miss the final exam?
Students missing any classes must make up learning in their own time. If you miss or fail the exam, you can re-sit this at another date, subject to availability. Extra charges will be payable for this re-sit and requests/payment must be received 25 days prior to the exam date.
Q. When do I get my results?
Exams are all marked by WSET in London. Level 1 & 2 results are generally known 3 weeks after the exam date, level three takes around 8 weeks for results to be known. Once your results have been confirmed, certificates and lapel badges are despatched to successful students.
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