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WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines

Are you looking for an entry-level wine training course? Offered in collaboration with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines is the perfect introduction to the world of international sommellerie.


June 2 to August 15
November 2 to January 10

Course start date



5 weeks part-time (40 h)





Language of instruction


Compulsory internships



WSET Diploma (WSET)


This introductory program provides an international overview of wines of the world and will allow you to get acquainted with the techniques of wine tasting, analysis and description.

Program key elements 

  • Internationally recognized training course, in English 
  • Part-time program
  • Tastings and discovery of the world’s wines 
  • Experienced and passionate instructors

Take a tour around the world through your wine glass!

What you will learn
Tasting, choosing, pairing

  • Systematic approach to wine tasting® level 2
  • Factors that influence the style and quality of wines
  • Main grape varieties
  • Producing regions of the world
  • Production methods for sparkling wines and fortified wines
  • Labelling, storage and service
  • Food and wine pairings


The ITHQ is one of the only schools in Québec to be authorized to offer the programs of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), the world’s largest training organization in the field of wine, spirits and saké.

Program structure and courses

Duration and schedule

  • Program starting in the fall and winter of each year 
  • Spread over 5 weeks part-time
  • Includes a total of 40 hours of coursework, offered in the evening

Course dates

Winter 2024From February 5 to March 5
Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Fall 2024Upcoming 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.

Materials and evaluation

  • The course materials for this program are from WSET® and are included in the cost of the course.  
  • The final assessment for this program is a multiple choice exam provided by WSET®. This exam takes place on the last day of class and is graded at the organization’s headquarters.
  • For more information, please see the official terms and conditions on the WSET® website.


WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines diploma

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

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

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

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 English

  • 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.

International applicants

Admission to this program is conditional on obtaining or possessing a valid status in Canada (visitor’s visa, study permit, work permit, visitor’s record, etc.) for the duration of the program.

Please note that it is not possible to obtain a study permit for this program. In addition, the ITHQ does not provide a letter of invitation for a temporary resident visa (TRV). For more information, we invite you to consult the website of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).

Required documents

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

  • 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 aid

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

Your first step in the world of wine

Whether you are already working in the field or are a seasoned connoisseur, this program could be your first step into the world of international sommellerie. Following this program you may choose to continue your apprenticeship with more advanced training and eventually make sommellerie not only your passion, but your profession!



Any questions?

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or toll-free at 1-800-361-5111, ext. 5110

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