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The WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits is an advanced-level qualification for professionals and enthusiasts wishing to acquire a detailed understanding of the spirits of the world and develop the tasting skills required to accurately describe and evaluate a spirit.

This qualification is intended to build on knowledge and skills gained from the Level 2 Award in Spirits. You’ll acquire a deep theoretical understanding of the techniques used in spirit production, from the processing of raw materials to post-distillation operations. Through a combination of tasting and the application of theoretical knowledge you will learn to explain confidently why spirits look and taste the way they do and how and why they differ from each other.

Prerequisites

It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. You must be of legal drinking age to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the course.

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 90 hours* of study time:

* 35 hours delivery time in classroom
* Minimum of 55 hours personal study and revision
2 ½ -hour examination

This course will:

(1) Provide you with  a detailed understanding of the techniques used in spirit production (Unit 1) 
  • Processing of raw materials
  • Alcoholic fermentation
  • Distillation
  • Post-distillation practices
(2) Identify factors affecting the style and quality of spirits, studying eleven core spirit categories in detail (Unit 1)
  • Scotch Whisky
  • Bourbon
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Tennessee Whiskey
  • Cognac
  • Armagnac
  • Caribbean rum
  • Tequila
  • Mezcal
  • Vodka
  • Gin
(3) Provide an overview of 23 additional spirit categories, focusing on (Unit 1):
  • Principal production methods
  • Key styles
  • Key labelling terms
(4) Enable you to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits®(SAT) (Unit 2)

Assessment

The 2½ hour closed-book examination is made up of:

Unit 1: a two-part theory examination
Part 1 is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions
Part 2 is made up of short answer questions
 
Unit 2: a tasting examination of two spirit samples tasted blind

Successful completion requires passing both parts of the theory examination (Unit 1), and the tasting examination (Unit 2), to achieve the qualification.

On successful completion of the examination you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated certified logo.

This course includes:

WSET course-pack (text book, study guide, SAT card)
Tutored tasting of  numerous spirits samples aligned with WSET specifications

You will need to bring:

6 ISO tasting glasses (If you wish to purchase a set ($30) please let us know when you register);
A spittoon.

Available formats:

Condensed Format: 5 full condensed days Monday to Fridays (8:30 am to 5:00 pm), with exam on Saturday morning.

Course fee:

$1,495.00 CAD all inclusive.
Please note that IWEG is HST exempt.
Income tax receipts are issued to all students for the applicable tax year.

IWEG cancellation and refund policy:
Withdrawal up to 2 weeks prior to course start date:  Refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee.  
Withdrawal between 2 weeks and 3 days prior to course start date: Refund of 50% of tuition less $150 administration fee.
Withdrawal 3 days or less to course start date: No refund Please note all course materials are paid upon registration, and are non-refundable.
Condensed classes only:  Withdrawal up to 4 weeks prior to course start date: Refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee.  4 weeks prior to course start date:  No refund.  
Policy on changing your exam date to an alternative date:

When you register for a WSET or WSG course, you are booked to take your exam on a specific date. This is listed on our website and in your course schedule. You can view this before registering, and when you register, you will be reminded. If you decide not to write your exam on the date you are registered for, this is what you must know:

For WSET Levels 1 to 3 and WSG courses, you have to ask to change the date at least 15 days before the exam date, by emailing 
For WSET Level 4 Diploma, you must get in touch with the school by the deadline stated in your course schedule
You must pick a new exam date within 12 months from the start of your current course.
You may change your exam date a maximum of two times during the 12 months. You can choose from any exam dates/re-sit dates listed on the course page of the IWEG website. It is possible that your first choice may not work, if the exam is full.
Each time you change your exam date, there is a $150 fee.
After the 12-month period, from the start of your current course, if you still need to sit the exam, you will be charged an exam “re-sit” fee, which varies depending on the course, as well as the $150 fee.
The only exception to this policy is in case of a valid and verified personal or family emergency, subject to approval from WSET and WSG.

Available Classes:


WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits Starts Jun. 22, 2020

Cost: $1,495
IWEG Drinks Academy
New! This is the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits, which will take place across five full, consecutive days, Monday to Friday, June 22nd to June 26th 2020, 8:30am to 5:00pm.  Exam on Saturday morning, June 27th 2020, 10am to 1:00pm (short break in between tasting and theory assessments). Once registration and payment are confirmed, it will be important to arrange for collection of the studypack, in order to read the text book and prepare ahead of time. Taught by IWEG's WSET Certified Lead Spirits Educator, Christina Veira and WSET Senior Business Development Manager, Spirits & Sake, Americas Rob McCaughey.  Prerequisite:  Level 2 Award in Spirits is strongly recommended.    
Enroll for this Class ($1,495)