Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The International Wine Education Centre WSET courses

The International Wine Education Centre is the only course provider for the internationally-recognised Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in Southern Africa. WSET is based in the UK and has been educating the world about wine since 1969, with more than 60 countries teaching their qualifications as industry-standard for the wine and hospitality sectors. The courses are equally suitable for enthusiastic amateur wine-lovers as they are for industry professionals. We have some amazing courses planned and ready for you this year so if you want to improve your wine knowledge either for work-reasons or simply just for the fun of it, now is the time to sign up!

All the course information, dates, times and prices are on the website www.thewinecentre.co.za but these are some new courses for 2013 which may be of interest to you.

·         Levels 1 & 2 in Johannesburg
·         Level 3 at weekends in the Western Cape
·         Level 4 – the WSET Diploma
·         Levels 1 & 2 in Spirits

Information on all WSET courses available Feb – July 2013
Level 1
We continue to offer our fun, easygoing Level 1 course on a regular basis throughout the Western Cape and now in Johannesburg too. If you are interested in arranging a bespoke course for you, your staff, your family or friends – please talk to us and we will be happy to help. Suitable for absolute beginners, it gives great background in food and wine matching, wine service and a good core of knowledge about wine. For details of all Level 1 courses – click here.

Level 2 is a great course for beginners who are already fairly confident with wine. We are delighted to be offering WSET Level 2 for the first time ever in Johannesburg this year with courses planned for April. For details of all Level 2 courses – click here.

Level 3
Level 3 is a comprehensive and thorough course giving a high level of information about international wines and spirits. Following many requests, we will be offering WSET Level 3 as a weekend course for the first time. This will run for 2 full weekends with a revision session and exam after that. At the moment, Level 3 will only be taught in classrooms in the Western Cape – please see Distance Learning if you are anywhere else. For details of all Level 3 courses – click here.

Level 4 Diploma - NEW
The WSET Diploma will hopefully be available to students in May, depending on numbers interested. This highly-professional, 2 year course is the direct route to MW and gives you a thorough and in-depth knowledge of international wines and spirits. In order to start the WSET Diploma, you must have passed either WSET Level 3 or its equivalent ie CWA Diploma. Please let me know if you are interested in hearing more about this when it becomes available.

Level 2 and Level 3 Distance Learning
Until we can offer Level 3 in Johannesburg and elsewhere in SA, why not do it online and work at your own pace? Tasting tuition days are scheduled for Johannesburg and Cape Town and thereafter, all the studying and tuition is done online from London. Level 2 is also available online. For details of Level 2, click here and for Level 3, click here.

Level 1 & Level 2 in Spirits - NEW
Within the next few months, the only dedicated spirits qualifications available in Africa will be available in SA. WSET offers the only internationally-recognised spirits courses in the world and lovers of whisky, brandy, gin and more, can learn about the distillers’ art from qualified tutors. Please let me know if you are interested in hearing more about this when it becomes available.

Changing over from Cape Wine Academy
If you want a qualification which is easily recognisable and valued overseas, then WSET is the one for you. Recognised as the industry standard in 60 countries around the world and seen as a ‘must-have’ qualification for most major hospitality outlets, yachting companies and chefs schools, WSET opens doors for you wherever you are. If you have already done some CWA courses and wish to change to WSET, the good news is that you don’t need to start from scratch – we will take your previous learning into account.
So if you have done South African Wine Course or the Certificate Wine Course, you can start on Level 2. And if you have already done your Wines of the World course as well, you can start on Level 3 which is the academic equivalent of CWA Diploma.

If you have any questions about the courses, payment options etc, then please drop me a line. Otherwise, you can download the booking form here and we look forward to welcoming you to the world of WSET in 2013!

Kind regards,
Cathy Marston AIWS
t: +27 (72) 390 9166 | f: +27 (86) 538 3112

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