Over the past decade, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) really carved out a name for themselves as the industry standard certification program. In fact, WSET’s programs became so popular that the Trust expanded their educational hierarchy, bulking up their spirits presence and adding a new Level 4 Diploma in Wines. On Monday (3.04), WSET formally introduced the public to the changes.
WSET chose opening day at this week’s massive Vinexpo NYC show for the first of seven internationally staged workshops intended to provide some info to the industry about the new changes.
“As a result of our announcement last year launching the new Level 4 Diploma in Wines, we realize that many prospective WSET students are keen to understand how this qualification will differ from the existing offering,” said WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris in a statement. “The current WSET Diploma has been available for so long and is such a gold standard for wine education that the changed format is bound to raise a lot of questions. We are therefore excited to be able to launch this roadshow across our key markets in New York, Germany, London and Hong Kong.”
The informational session included a discussion on the changes to the WSET diplomas, what this means for previously issued diplomas, and study programs for the new certification. In addition, alumnus of the programs were granted a speaking spot to plug the befits of WSET.
Key shifts included the elimination of a small spirits section in the Level 4 diploma (all wine, all the time now) and a change in the assessments for the two ‘foundation’ Units (geared at better preparing participants for later Units). In addition, the Trust also announced the addition of a research assignment focused on analyzing current trends in the market.
“At WSET our students are at the forefront of every decision we make about the business, so we felt that it was important to reach out and give prospective students around the world the opportunity to talk with us face-to-face about the new WSET Diploma,” added Harris. “We want to show how the new programme will improve their student experience, providing them with expert-level product knowledge whilst enabling the development of professional skills key to success in the global wine business.”
The full list of info sessions follows:
- Vinexpo NYC | 4 March | 3.00pm | WSET Pavilion, Exhibit Hall
- ProWein | 17 March | 10.00am | North Entrance, EN05
- WSET School London | 11 April | 6.30pm
- Prowine Asia Hong Kong | 7 May |00pm | Hall 3F, Forum 1
- WSET School London | Dublin | 13 May | 6.30pm
- London Wine Fair | 21 May | 1.00pm | Education Zone
- WSET School London | Manchester | 22 July | 6.30pm