After a couple years of development, pilots, feedback, and hype, the much ballyhooed Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Spirits is here. Debuting in the US and UK, enrollment for the inaugural round of classes is now open.
“The spirits industry has been crying out for a more advanced qualification in spirits. Candidate numbers for WSET spirits qualifications (Levels 1 and 2) have grown significantly in the last 10 years (from 540 in 2009 to 6600 in 2019) and are now taught in 33 countries worldwide reflecting growing global demand,” explained course developer (and WSET Product Development Manager) Nick King.”
“We are delighted to now be able to offer the industry a Level 3 Spirits qualification that develops candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the category in great depth and also builds their tasting skills, teaching them to identify the structural and aromatic elements that make up a spirit and to make a compelling quality assessment.”
King will also lead the classes during year one. The agenda calls for an added emphasis production techniques and the correlation with taste. The major spirits categories will be heavily represented along with “world spirits” such as Shōchū, Baijiu and Soju.
Following the format of the WSET Level 3 Awards for wine, the certification will require passing both a written exam (multiple choice and short form answers) as well as a blind tasting. Organizers estimate that 84 hours of study time will be required. (You need to pass Levels 1 & 2 first also).
Since WSET’s 1969 inception, the group grew into a dominant player in the field of education. Last year alone, 94,822 candidates sat for a WSET qualifications.
For more info, check out www.WSETglobal.com.