Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference | WSET Certification
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WSET Certification

About the course

Learn about wines and spirits through a 5-week online study program that is flexible to work around your existing commitments. The Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a supported and interactive Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. Please note that the exam is completed in person and not online.


The course explores the major grape varieties and important regions that define the world’s key wines in a structured and engaging format. You’ll learn about production, key labeling terminology and major classifications to help you identify wines with confidence. A basic introduction to the main spirits categories is also provided.


As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, looking at what wine labels tell you about the contents of the bottle and sharing tasting notes. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 8 wines (not provided, but you will be given guidance on the styles to taste).


Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.




Topics Covered

  • How wine is made
  • What factors influence wine style
  • The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics
  • The important wine-producing regions of the world
  • The production of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines
  • Label terminology and what it means for the wine in the bottle
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • The key considerations when pairing food and wine
  • The principal categories of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made
  • Online tastings on eight general styles of wine with educator feedback (students to provide their own samples)


Necessary Skills

No prior knowledge is required. The course is delivered online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required.


Available Study Options

The course is delivered online over five weeks with a minimum of six hours study per week recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular access and participation is essential.

The course includes an attended examination at the Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference.



The online course, prep session and exam are available for $425 plus shipping (shipping is included as an early bird special if you registered by Feb. 9, 2017).

The cost includes access to the Online Classroom, study materials, online tuition, PREP session at BARC and examination. See conference agenda for exact dates and times.


Course Registration

Registration is available through the American Wine School’s website at Early bird registration (which includes shipping costs) ends February 9. Attendees must register for the online course NO LATER THAN April 14 to sit for the exam at BARC.



Note that the exam is not online, but is given at the BARC event in Minneapolis on June 12, 2017. A prep session will be conducted before the exam. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour. To pass you must correctly answer 55% of the questions. This qualification is Ofqual regulated.