Which qualification route should I choose?

A number of people have asked for an explanation of the qualifications that we currently offer. Here are the main differences:

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses

Highest WSET® Qualification – WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits

What wine-related jobs will the WSET qualifications help you get?

  • Marketing / Account Manager in a wine-related business
  • Brand Manager
  • Sensory Analyst
  • Wine Educator
  • Wine Distribution Management
  • Wine Region Educational Director
  • Wine Marketing and Wine Sales Leadership Roles
  • Food and Beverage Manager or Maître d’Hôtel

For all who are new to the food and beverage industry and would like more direction than provided by their place of employment, this is the place to start. This educational series is also great for all who are not part of the industry but just want to learn more.

The multi-tiered Level qualifications make this programme very approachable to even the most novice wine enthusiast. There is also a possibility of choosing “your own adventure”. Want to know more about wine or more about spirits? Take the first levels for one or the other, or do both.

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WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines – This course is one day of vocational training for the beverage professional. The purpose is to allow new entrants into the industry to learn enough to be able to complete simple tasks efficiently, answer simple questions about wine in a general manner under the supervision of a more experienced practitioner. A 30 question multiple choice exam concludes this class.

WSET® Level 2 in Wine & Spirits – This course is three days of vocational training for the beverage professional. The purpose is to increase one’s ability to discuss and write about basic wine theory, and in turn, practically apply this knowledge into the sales, service and storage of wine and spirits. A 50 question multiple choice exam concludes this class.

WSET® Level 3 in Wines – This course consist of 6 days of actual classes but outside study time is necessary. Tasting technique and learning about production and distribution of wine is the main focus. This could be an ideal class for those in distribution, retail or supervisory roles. Completing a 50 question multiple choice test, with a short answer quiz, and properly written tasting notes on two wines is necessary to obtain this award.

WSET® Level 1 in Spirits – The Award in Spirits is a 1 day course. The course introduces you to the principles of the production and the tasting of spirits, followed by a 30 question multiple choice exam.

WSET® Level 2 in Spirits – The Award in Spirits is a 3 day course. The focus is on spirit analysis and identification, followed by a 50 question multiple choice exam.

Career paths on the WSET Website

The ASSP – Certified Sommelier Course

Highest Qualification – Sommelier avec Brevet fédéral (in Switzerland)

Master Sommelier – World-wide renown qualification from the Court of Master Sommeliers

What wine related jobs will the ASSP – Certified Sommelier qualification (Association Suisse des Sommeliers Professionnels)

  • Sommelier at a High end Restaurant
  • Account Manager at a large wine brand
  • Wine director for a retail, restaurant group or hotel chain
  • Wine Region Director

The ASSP – Certified Sommelier is ideal if you are interested in building your skills in the service and sales as a wine sommelier

If you intend to work and specialise in the restaurant or wine industry

If you a self-directed or self-motivated learner who can build your own effective study schedule you will be able to develop your knowledge and skills further after the course.

The course is designed in modules concentrating on specific aspects of a sommelier’s skills and knowledge base. At the end of each module there will be an assessment.

It is possible to complete the three modules within three “blocks” or 9 months of the start date.

The course and the qualification is recognised by the World – Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) which currently has 53 member countries.

Website: International Sommellier Association

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling Courses 

During the course of 2018, we will be able to offer the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) qualifications which focus on the production processes for Brewing and Distilling. 

The courses are designed according to meet different production knowledge needs and start at Level 1/Fundamentals going up to the Level 4 /degree level of knowledge:

  • Fundamentals: Individuals who are not directly working in production (HR, Sales, Accounts, etc.).
  • General Certificate: Individuals looking to start or currently working in production.
  • Diploma: Individuals working at management level in production. 
  • Masters:  Individuals working in high level management across production, planning, procurement and purchasing.

Our Brewing courses

Fundamentals in Brewing and Packaging of Beer – this is a four day course with the examination taking place on a set day twice a year. The course is ideal for:

  • Anyone interested in sitting the IBD exams and obtaining a qualification in Brewing.
  • People new to the brewing sector looking to gain an understanding and insight of the commercial brewing process.
  • Those looking to start up a microbrewery or brewery based business to gain a basic and technical understanding of the commercial production of beer.

General Certificate in Brewing – this is a four day course with the examination taking place on a set day twice a year. The course is ideal for:

  • Junior brewers looking to sit the IBD exams and obtain the General Certificate in Brewing qualification.
  • People in the micro-brewing sector looking to gain an understanding and insight of the commercial brewing process.
  • Those looking to start up a microbrewery or brewery based business to gain a basic but detailed technical understanding of the commercial production of beer.

Institute of Brewing and Distilling Website

Our Distilling courses

Fundamentals in Distilling – this is a four day course with the examination taking place on a set day twice a year. The course is ideal for:

  • Anyone interested in sitting the IBD exams and obtaining a qualification in Distilling.
  • People new to the distilling sector looking to gain an understanding and insight of the commercial distilling process.
  • Those looking to start up a distillery or spirits based business to gain a basic and technical understanding of the commercial production of spirits.

General Certificate in Distilling – this is a four day course with the examination taking place on a set day twice a year. The course is ideal for:

  • Junior distillers looking to sit the IBD exams and obtain the General Certificate in Distilling qualification.
  • People in the distilling sector looking to gain an understanding and insight of the commercial distilling process.
  • Those looking to start up a distillery or spirits based business to gain a basic but detailed technical understanding of the commercial production of spirits.

Institute of Brewing and Distilling Website

To summarise:

WSET qualifications provide more focus on product knowledge and tasting skills, while the Sommelier programmes build on these elements with additional focus on service technique including glassware selection and pouring.

The programmes can complement each other and the Court of Master Sommeliers recommend completing up to WSET Level 3 to candidates ultimately wishing to reach Master Sommelier level.

If your intention is to go into the production of beer and / or spirits, then the IBD qualifications will enhance your employability prospects as well as validating your knowledge on the science and legislation in the are you wish to specialise on. Please note, that from 2018 we intend to offer courses in Distillation and Brewing which will also include the Swiss market, the local legislation and procedures to follow when producing beer and / or spirits in Switzerland.

L’école du vin Sàrl courses

To complement the beverage knowledge courses, we have developed courses specifically on Swiss Wine which is not covered in any great detail in our Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications and also Operations Management courses which focus on providing all who have a certain level of experience in hospitality with the necessary managerial approach and advanced service skills that might not have been part of their responsibilities to date.

The courses will enable all who successfully gain the qualifications to develop their knowledge with a view to taking on a managerial role in the appropriate area.

Certificate in Swiss Wine – The Certificate in Swiss Wine is a 1 day course. The course introduces you to the main wine-producing regions and the main grape varieties of Switzerland, followed by a 30 question multiple choice exam.

Advanced Certificate in Swiss Wine – The Advanced Certificate in Swiss Wine is a 3 day course. This qualification is intended to provide core knowledge of the wide range of wines produced in Switzerland. The qualification is designed for trade and hospitality employees working in a supervisory capacity who need to advise management, answer customer queries authoritatively, or make informed selections of Swiss Wines in a variety of situations.

our Operations Management modules which when taken in succession lead to the qualification “Certificate in Operations Management”

Advanced Wine Service – This qualification is ideal for people wishing to broaden their knowledge of wine service and apply their skills in real restaurant work environments. Candidates will learn about the service process and how to resolve common customer service problems. Candidates will also learn how to create profitable wine lists and understand opportunities for wine margins, cost control and up-selling opportunities.

Wine and Beverage List Development – The course is open to all who have at least three years of experience in the Restaurant, Bar, Hotel and Catering industry. The student will be in the process of progressing or have already progressed to a supervisory position within the department and needs to learn more about different methods of increasing sales, monitoring current sales with a view to improving the business’ bottom line in the future.

Performance Analysis for Beverage and Wine Lists – The course is open to all who have at least three years of experience in the Restaurant, Bar, Hotel and Catering industry. The student will be in the process of progressing or have already progressed to a supervisory position within the department and needs to learn more about different methods of increasing sales, monitoring current sales with a view to improving the business’ bottom line in the future.

Manage Cellar and Beverage Operations – The Manage Cellar and Beverage Operations module enables students to gain the understanding and skills necessary to manage a cellar, which may involve controlled temperature locations for the storage of wines, beers and other beverages. Although others are likely to be responsible for the day-to-day cellar operations. Monitor the implementation of stock ordering and rotation procedures which will maximise the shelf-life of beverages. Explain the process of managing supplier contracts to benefit organisations, taking into account the different factors which inform supplier actions.  Explain the current legislation relating to licensing, weights and measures and any licensing objectives applicable to the country of the operating premises.

Should you have any questions, or wish to register, you can do so directly on our website, our App, or else by contacting us directly.

We are looking forward to welcoming you on one of our next courses.