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WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines

Are you looking for an advanced wine training course? Offered in collaboration with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines will take your exploration into the world of international sommellerie to the next level.


June 2 to August 15
November 2 to January 10

Course start date



7 weeks part-time (40 h)





Language of instruction


Compulsory internships



WSET Diploma (WSET)


This advanced training course offers a detailed analysis of the world’s primary wines. Each course includes in-depth tastings, through which students will be able to identify the properties and quality of products.

Program key elements

  • Internationally recognized training course for wine professionals, in English 
  • Part-time program
  • Tastings and discovery of world wines 
  • Experienced and passionate instructors

Improve your tasting techniques and explore new territories!

What you will learn
Tasting, pairing, advising

  • Systematic approach to wine tasting® level 3
  • Key factors involved in wine production: terroir, viticulture, winemaking, aging and bottling
  • Still, sparkling and fortified wines from around the world
  • Presentation of a wine



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 7 weeks on a part-time basis
  • Includes a total of 40 hours of classes, offered in the evening

Course dates

Fall 2024From September 4 to October 23
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Winter 2025Upcoming 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 from WSET® are included in the cost of the course.  
  • One month prior to the course start date, students are invited to pick up materials from WSET®. It is strongly suggested that you read it before starting the program. 
  • The final evaluation of this program consists of 2 exams: a short answer and an essay exam and a blind tasting. Exams are held on the last day of class and are marked at the organization’s headquarters in London.  
  • For more information, please see the official terms and conditions on the WSET® website.


WSET® Level 3 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 February)

International applicants

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

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

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

It is strongly suggested that you have completed the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines program or have training deemed equivalent before enrolling in Level 3.

  • 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)

  • 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 aid

Program fees

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

WSET® Level 3 scholarships

In collaboration with the International Wine Challenge (IWC), WSET® offers students the opportunity to earn a scholarship of up to 20% of their total tuition fees.

To apply for the scholarship you must have successfully completed the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines program and be enrolled in the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines program.

Future prospects

A career of both purpose and passion

This advanced training course in sommellerie will allow you to hold various positions in the restaurant and wine industry, in Québec or abroad. If you already work in service, it will enable 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. 



Any questions?

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

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