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WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits Distance Learning

The Level 4 Diploma via Distance Learning is a two year programme and begins the first week of August and runs through to June the two years following.

The Diploma Program is comprised of 6 separate units:

Unit 1: The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages

Unit 2: Wine Production

Unit 3: Light Wines of the World

Unit 4: Spirits of the World

Unit 5: Sparkling Wines of the World

Unit 6: Fortified Wines of the World

In addition to the WSET study guides provided, students will also have access to the IWEG student course materials on this website where instructional videos, regional maps, exclusive wine industry links, and other materials are accessible.

The Diploma qualification is designed to give specialist knowledge of the principal wines and spirits of the world combined with commercial factors and a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits.

Holders of the WSET Level 4 Diploma will be able to identify characteristics of the principal wines and spirits of the world, make informed assessments of a products’ quality and value and identify appropriate opportunities for the products within a given market. Diploma Level graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in roles such as a Food & Beverage Manager, a member of a marketing team responsible for product ranges, a Wine Buyer or a Sales Executive. 

On completion of this qualification, a candidate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the factors affecting the production of wines and spirits and how these factors influence style, quality and commercial value in a variety of market sectors.

  • Display an understanding of the trade and legal structures of the identified wine and spirit producing regions.

  • Demonstrate specialist product knowledge of wines and spirits and apply that knowledge to make commercial decisions.

  • Through the use of the Level 4 WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Technique, identify the style, quality and commercial value of wines and spirits.

  • Produce accurate tasting notes for a range of wines and spirits.

  • Understand the commercial and economic importance of wines and spirits to global and local markets.

  • Demonstrate an ability to make informed decisions based on in-depth understanding of the global business of alcoholic beverages.

  • Present information in a format that meets business requirements.

The intensive Self Study is complemented by a strong on line program with weekly assignments and student forums which will assist in your studies and provide engaging opportunities for feedback.  The Diploma is a very rewarding yet demanding and challenging programme, students are strongly encouraged to participate in all activities, accessing all of the study tools provided to facilitate success.

The WSET offers a feedback program whereby the student takes mock tests based on the Diploma examinations and they receive feedback on their performance. This helps students understand and reach the standard required for the Diploma qualification assessment. This excellent study tool will run for the first 2 years of the program, focusing on Units 2, 4 & 6 in the first year, and Units 3 & 5 during the second year.

This programme is also complimented with a Key Skills workshop weekend, held over a weekend in Toronto within your first couple of months of study and provides students with the valuable experience of in class instruction.  The first exam will also be sat at this time, followed by two days of in class tasting instruction as well as theory preparation for the exams.

***All exams and the Key Skills workshop are held @ IWEG in Toronto.

" ...With various courses leading up to the Diploma, WSET has, along with the Master of Wine, one of the best known wine qualifications in the world. The MW may be seen as the Rolls-Royce of wine qualifications but the WSET Diploma is the Bentley - less elitest and exclusive, mre accessible and, yup, more fun really."  Ian Harris CEO WSET

"WSET rocks! The best place to start (and continue) your professional appreciation of wine." - Tim Atkin MW


Please Note:  Students are registered into the study schedule as a class and are expected to complete their studies and assignments as scheduled.  Any change in the curriculum will result in administration fees and additional class fees. Please be sure to discuss any changes with the IWEG Diploma Coordinators.

Policy on changing your exam date to an alternative date.

Please note IWEG's policy on changing your exam date:

When you register for a WSET or WSG course, you are booked to take your exam on a specific date, which is indicated 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 writing to

·  For WSET Level 4 Diploma you have to ask to change the date at least 75 days before the exam date, by writing to

·  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.


IWEG now offers an alternative to Pay Pal; to charge tuition directly to your credit card please call into the office at 416-534-2570.

Available Classes:

WSET Level 4 Diploma In Wines And Spirits Distance Learning 2018-2020 Started Aug. 04, 2018

Cost: $5,500
IWEG - Exams Only
Deadline to register: July 16, 2018. ***All exams, and the Key Skills Workshop will be held in Toronto at IWEG Drinks Academy. The following schedule is fixed, exam dates and due dates cannot be changed.   Diploma Distance 2018-2020 Schedule Diploma Distance - Online Induction: 4 August 2018 - 10 August 2018 Viticulture/Vinification (Unit 2): 11 August - 12 October 2018 Diploma Distance Key Skills Workshop: October 13-14th 2018 - IWEG Drinks Academy Toronto - Two days of in class tasting instruction as well as theory preparation for your exams. - Final Exam: Unit 2: Viticulture and Vinification   Global Business (Unit 1): 3 November 2018 - 21 December 2018 Spirits (Unit 4): 5 January - 22 February 2019, Final Exam: Unit 4: 5 March 2019 Fortified Wines (Unit 6): 9 March - 12 April 2019, Final Exam: Unit 6: 11 June 2019 Global Business Case Study Exam (Unit 1): Final Exam: Unit 1: 11 June 2019 Sparkling Wines (Unit 5): August - September 2019, Final Exam: Unit 5: November 2019, tbc. Global Business Coursework Assignment (Unit 1): Due January 2020, tbc. Light Wines (Unit 3): November 2019 - May 2020. Final Exam: Unit 3: May 13th & 14th 2020, tbc.   Payment Option 1: $5500 Payment Option 2: $3500 is due upon registration with the $2000 balance due by end of day August 3rd  Payment Option 3: $3500 is due upon registration. The remaining $2000 balance over 12 monthly payments ($170) by recurring credit card payment.      Please get in touch if you have any additional questions. +1 416 534 2570  
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