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Continuing education

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Professionnel du vin

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Have you mastered the basic concepts of wine and want to deepen your oenological knowledge? Whether you are a restaurant-industry professional or an earnest amateur, this 3-module program has been custom-designed to quench your thirst for learning.


June 2 to August 15
November 2 to January 10

Course start date



18 months part-time for the 3 modules (268 h)





Language of instruction


Compulsory internships



ITHQ Attestation


With advice from our eminent instructors, multiple tastings and “fruitful” meetings with producers, you will come out of this program with the necessary expertise to properly choose, taste, analyse and recommend wines.

Program key elements

  • ITHQ exclusive training for restaurant professionals and earnest amateurs
  • Part-time program
  • Customizable format, adapted to the applicant’s needs
  • Tastings and meetings with professionals and producers 
  • Experienced and passionate instructors

Refresh your perception of the art of wine

What you’ll learn
Tasting, pairing, advising

  • Module 1
    Making and analysis of wine
  • Module 2
    European vineyards (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal)
  • Module 3
    World vineyards (Canada, Chile, Australia, South Africa), food and wine pairing, sommelier advising


Program structure and courses

Duration and schedule

  • Program offered in 3 modules over 3 part-time sessions.
  • Each module is offered in the fall and winter of each year.
  • Module 1 is prerequisite for modules 2 and 3. 
  • Modules 2 and 3 do not need to be done in consecutive order. You could choose to do Module 3 and not do Module 2 or vice versa.  
  • Includes a total of 268 hours of coursework for the 3 modules.  
  • Classes offered on Mondays and Tuesdays evenings, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Course dates

Module 1 – Élaboration et analyse des vinsWinter 2024
From February 26 to May 14
Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Fall 2024 
Upcoming dates
Module 2 – Vignobles d’EuropeWinter 2024
From February 5 to April 22
Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Fall 2024 
Upcoming dates
Module 3 – Vignobles du mondeWinter 2024
From January 29 to May 14
Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Fall 2024 
Upcoming dates

  • Schedule, dates and course order are subject to change.
  • The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel a course or program if there are insufficient registrations to justify its offering. In such cases, program and registration fees will be refunded in full.


Attestation of achievement from the ITHQ for each completed module

All students are required to follow certain basic rules regarding professional image.


Admission application periods

Québec and Canadian applicants

June 2 to August 15 (course start date in September)

November 2 to January 10 (course start date in January)

International applicants

This program is not available to international applicants

Admission requirements

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age before the course start date
  • Have basic knowledge of the wine industry
  • Be fluent in oral and written French

    • Places are limited to 24 students per group.
    • Applications are selected on a first come, first served basis according to the date of receipt of the admission application.
    • In the event that the program is full, you will be able to add your name to a waiting list.

    Required documents

    • Birth certificate
    • Proof of photo identification (passport or driver’s license)

    • Applicants must meet all of the requirements of their chosen program and provide all required documents. Incomplete or late admission application file will be considered ineligible.
    • In order for your file to be considered complete, be sure to upload legible copies of all official documents required by your status in PDF format. 
    • Documents that are not in French or English must be accompanied by an official translation in French or English.

    Costs and financial assistance

    Program fees

    Use the program fee calculator to find out about the costs of this program.

    Financial aid and scholarships

    Looking for financial support for your study project? Find out about the different options available to you.  

    Future prospects

    A job with meaning and passion

    This advanced sommelier training could enable you to work in a variety of positions in the restaurant services and wine industry. If you already work in the service field, it will allow you to better advise your customers and to access sommelier positions, with attractive salary prospects. This program is also a gateway to work in private import agencies.



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