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WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines - Online training

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WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines - Online training

Code: WSD.03

Registration application period

  • December 1 to January 10 (for winter admissions)

Online information session (In French only)

In short

Explore new wine-producing regions while improving your tasting techniques!

This avant-garde training is for wine professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of techniques to taste and evaluate wines and spirits from around the world. With this online format, students can watch 30 hours of pre-recorded classes from the comfort of their homes, complete the readings, and do the tasting exercises at their own pace over a 9-week period. Please note that students will be responsible for getting the wines to be tasted. For an overview of the platform, click here.

Designed by London’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines online program employs a systematic tasting approach to describe, evaluate and recommend wines to hotel and restaurant clients. Classes are taught in English.

Upon completing the course, students may write the exam to receive their WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines certificate, which brings candidates one step closer to being accepted to the Master of Wine (MW) program, the most prestigious certification in the wine industry.

Objectives

  • To acquire advanced skills in wine 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

  • Students will take 30 hours of online courses and spend 60 hours on the readings and tastings, for a total of 90 hours.
  • There are no set times to log into the online course as there are no live chats or webinars.
  • Students have 9 weeks to complete the program.

Courses

General course content:

This level provides detailed analyses of the principal wines of the world. In each course, students will benefit from in-depth wine tastings, thereby learning to identify product style and quality.

  • Introduction to wine tasting techniques including an overview of wine producing regions around the world
  • Introduction to the principles of viticulture and vinification
  • Analysis of the fortified wines  of the world, including numerous wine tastings
Topics Schedule
  • Wine Tasting
  • Food and Wine Matching
  • Social Responsibility
  • Labelling
  • Wine Production
  • Light Wines
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified Wines

Winter 2021
From March 22 to May 18

(Examination on May 25 at the ITHQ)

 

 

NOTES:

  • For more information, please refer to the official specification
  • Students will be asked to come pick up their WSET® materials one month before the start of the course. It is strongly suggested that you read these materials before starting the program.
  • The program includes two exams: one requiring both short and developed written answers, to be corrected in London and accompanied by blind tastings, and one requiring both short and developed written answers, to be corrected by the ITHQ.

Eligibility

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

NOTE:

It is strongly recommended to have completed the program WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines before enrolling in Level 3.

Cost

  Québec students Canadian students living outside Québec International students
Tuition fee $1,150 $1,150 $1,150
Liability insurance (mandatory) $6/semester $6/semester $6/semester

Cancellation

  • Tuition fees are fully refundable if students cancel their registration 10 business days before the first day of the term.
  • Tuition fees will be refunded minus a 25% administrative fee if students cancel their registration less than 10 business days 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.

NOTES:

  • Fees include lecture notes, and WSET® course materials (including examination and postage). Wine samples are not included.
  • 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

Scholarship for sommelier training:

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), in collaboration with the International Wine Challenge (IWC) offers students the opportunity to apply for a scholarship covering up to 20% of their tuition fees. However, to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be registered in the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines program, and must have successfully completed the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines program.

Consult the  application form  (1.2 MB) for more information on this program.

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

Diploma

WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines Diploma

Candidates must meet all requirements of their chosen program.

Note for international applicants:

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

Note that study permits cannot be issued for part-time studies in Quebec and that the ITHQ does not provide letters of invitation for Temporary Resident Visas (TRV). For more information, consult the website of the  ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).

HOW TO REGISTER

  • 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.

ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHODS

Online payment only with Visa or MasterCard.

HOW TO SEND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR APPLICATION

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

Other accepted submission methods:

  • Email: registrariat@ithq.qc.ca
  • 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)

COVID-19: 

If you would like to submit your documents to us in person, please contact us first by email at registrariat@ithq.qc.ca or by phone at 514-282-5110.

Need more information?

Phone: 514-282-5110
Toll free in Canada and the United States: 1-800-361-5111, extension 5110
Email: ecole@ithq.qc.ca

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