WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

Code : WSC.02

Application period

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

Information session (In French only)


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 training that will open doors around the world, take the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, a leading-edge program in English, at the ITHQ.

Unique in Quebec, this sommelier program is approved by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), a British training institute recognized as a leading wine authority. Whether you already work with wine or are an avid connoisseur, 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., at the ITHQ located in Montreal


General course content:

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

  • Systematic approach to wine and spirit tasting, and the basic principles of wine and food pairing
  • Instruction in the factors that influence the style, quality and price of wines and spirits
  • Introduction to the service of wines and spirits
  • Understanding of the differences between grape varieties and regions
  • Introduction to sparkling wines, fortified wines, and spirits
Topics Schedule
  • 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
Mondays and Tuesdays 
From October 1st to November 5
Wednesdays and Thursdays
From October 3 to November 7

Winter 2019
Mondays and Tuesdays
From February 25 to April 1st
Wednesdays and Thursdays
From February 27 to April 3


  • Students are provided with the WSET® course material.
  • Evaluation: WSET® multiple-choice exam, to be corrected in London.

Dress code

All students must adhere to certain basic professional image rules.


You must meet the following criterias :

  • 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


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


  Québec residents Candidats Canadian students living outside Québec International students
Other fees $6/semester  $6/semester  $6/semester 
Tuition fee $829 $829 $829


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


  • Other fees include third-party liability insurance, compulsory for all.
  • Fees include lecture notes, wine samples and WSET® course materials.
  • All amounts are in Canadian dollars.
  • All amounts listed can changed without noticed.
  • Employers subject to the Act to promote workforce skills development and recognition 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.

Financial aid

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


  • WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits Diploma

Candidates must meet all requirements of their chosen program.

Note for foreign applicants:
Your registration is conditional upon your receiving a valid tourist visa for the duration of this program. For more information, consult the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.


  • Complete the online application.
  • Include a copy of your birth certificate or photo ID (passport or driver’s license).
  • Pay the tuition fees (see Accepted payment methods section). Depending on the program, you will have to pay some or all of your tuition fees when you register online.

Candidates will not receive an acknowledgement of receipt for any documents submitted.


Online payment only with Visa or MasterCard.


When submitting your application online, upload the required documents in a digital format.

Other accepted submission methods:

  • Email:
  • Fax: 514-282-5126
  • Mail: 
    ITHQ – Registrar
    3535 Saint-Denis Street
    Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P1
  • In person (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    ITHQ – Registrar
    3535 Saint-Denis Street, Office 1.30
    Montreal (Sherbrooke Metro)

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


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