WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

Code : WSC.02

Registration application periods

  • August 1 to September 15 (for fall admissions)
  • December 1 to January 10 (for winter admissions)

Information session (In French only)

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The wine world in English: Opening the doors to international somelier training

For an international overview of the wine and spirit industry, and for sommelier diplomas that will open doors around the world, the ITHQ offers the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, a leading-edge program in English.

This program offers a two-fold challenge to hotel and restaurant industry professionals, sommelier training students and wine enthusiasts alike: to meet the ITHQ’s rigorous standards and further their wine and spirit knowledge… in English!

After completing the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits program, you can take the examination of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), a British training institution recognized as a leading authority in the wine world. Upon successful completion of this exam at the ITHQ, students will receive the WSET®’s Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits.

This new English-language program will further your skills if you already work in the field. It can also be your first step towards a Master of Wine (MW) certification, the world’s most prestigious title in the sommelier profession.


  • To acquire basic skills in wine and spirit evaluation
  • To adapt and use these skills in the restaurant industry and for the sale or promotion of these products
  • To master English oenology and wine tasting terminology

Duration and Schedule

  • Program start dates in the fall or winter each year
  • Total of  40 course hours
  • Classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays or Wednesday and Thursday, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.


All students must adhere to certain basic professional image rules, complementing those in the dress code.


The content of this level focuses mainly on the key grape varieties and regions of the world. Wine tasting is part of each course.

See the general course content 

  • Factors influencing style
  • Grape varieties
  • Key wine-producing regions of the world
  • Sparkling wines
  • Sweet wines and fortified wines
  • Spirits and liqueurs
  • Information and advice for customers and staff
  • Describing the characteristics of the principal wines of the world 

Fall 2018
From October 1st to November 5
Mondays and Tuesdays
From October 3 to November 7
Wednesdays and Thursdays

Winter 2019
Coming soon


You must meet the following criteria for eligibility to this program:

  • Be at least 18 years of age before the courses begin
  • Have a good basic knowledge of the wine industry
  • Be sufficiently fluent in spoken and written English
  • Have access to a computer and be familiar with the Internet

Spots are limited to 24 students per group. Students are chosen on a priority basis according to their order of registration.


  • WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits Diploma


Québec residents
Tuition fee: $802
Other fees : $6 per semester (liability insurance, compulsory for all)

Canadian students living outside Québec
Tuition fee: $802
Other fees : $6 per semester (liability insurance, compulsory for all)

International students
Tuition fee: $802
Other fees : $6 per semester (liability insurance, compulsory for all)

For all students
Note: Fees include lecture notes, wine samples and WSET® course materials.


Various Canadian banks offer a student line of credit service for candidates admitted to this program.


By the ITHQ

The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel a course or program due to insufficient enrolment. In such cases, application and tuition fees are refunded.

By the student

Tuition fees are payable for each term of the program, and are refundable, minus a 25% administrative fee, provided that students cancel their registration before the first day of the term. No refunds will be granted after this date.


Employers subject to this act are entitled to submit the cost* of this training program as part of the 1% of total payroll that companies must invest in employee training. Don't forget to inform your employer!

*Certain conditions apply


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Applicants must ensure that they meet all of the requirements for their chosen program and supply all necessary documentation. You must provide a copy of photo ID at the first class. 


  1. Complete the online enrollment application (French only) or the Enrollment Application form (English only, see the downloadable PDF document below). Please clearly indicate the chosen program and applicant’s e-mail address.
  2. Pay the tuition fee (refer to the Accepted Methods of Payment section).

Note that the application fee must be paid at the time of submitting the on-line admission application. 


  1. French is the language of instruction for ITHQ programs, with the exception of WSET® Level 2 & 3 Award in Wines and Spirits courses (English only), Guide touristique de Montréal / Montréal Tourist Guide and Hautes Études en gestion hôtelière internationale / Advanced Studies in International Hotel Management (bilingual: French and English).
  2. Registration is conditional upon the student being granted a tourist visa that will remain valid for the duration of the program. For more information, please see the website of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion.
  3. All amounts listed are in Canadian funds.


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Need more information?
Phone: 514-282-5110 or toll-free in Canada and the United States: 1-800-361-5111, ext. 5110,


Download my Enrollment Application form Fichier pdf (215 KB)

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