WiSP Frequently Asked Questions

You will find all the answers to your questions in this FAQ. Understand our various wine and spirits educational programmes, select the perfectly-suited wine and spirits qualification to boost your career, and learn about study funding and all the technical aspects of both in-class and e-learning delivery modes. To better assist you, we have put together the most frequently asked questions by our web users and prospective learners.

Yes , WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines or Spirits is accessible without prerequisites.


WSET ®Level2 Award in Wines or Spirits requires basic tasting skills and product knowledge. Level 1 is, therefore, highly recommended but not compulsory to register.

WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines is available directly after the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines or equivalent. Do not hesitate to contact our team to check course equivalencies.

The French Wine Scholar certification course requires knowledge equivalent to the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines. Do not hesitate to contact our team to check course equivalencies.

Yes, our WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines or Spirits is ideal for new professionals or neophytes.

The qualifications offered at WiSP are not trade-oriented but product-oriented courses, i.e. they cover only product knowledge (wines or spirits). Nevertheless, all professions in the wine and spirits industry are concerned by our certifications.

Our classrooms can accommodate up to 20 people, depending on the selected room.

All our courses are eligible for funding depending on your status at the time of application. You can find all the details of available financing on this page.

All courses with an examination offer the possibility of a retake in case of failure. However, there is no maximum number of attempts. If you want toknowthe dates of the next resits, ‎, leave us a message here.

Our teaching team is composed of WSET® and Wine Scholar Guild Educators. . Please find the details here.

You can reschedule for a later session or ask our team to be on a waiting list. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here.

Yes, it is possible to postpone or cancel your training in some instances and under certain conditions. All participation conditions are detailed on each WiSP training registration form.

For courses requiring preparation, we will send the necessary study materials to your home address within 72 hours of your registration.

No, you must commit to specific dates when registering to ensure your enlisting to the closed-book examination.

VAT does not apply in continuing vocational training, i.e. for French workers (employed or seeking employment). However, it applies to students (initial training), pensioners and French non-residents.

Yes, all textbooks are available for sale. HOWEVER, if you register for a WiSP certification course, there will be no deduction when you register, as the textbooks are included in the training fees.

Yes, we offer wine-tasting kits and spirits samples to practice analytical sensory tasting at home. Contact us here for more information.

Our online courses include a textbook covering the entire course content and access to a distance-learning platform where you will find a series of modules and activities to study wherever and whenever.
Yes, you will be assigned a dedicated tutor throughout your course duration. In addition, an online forum is available for you to ask any programme-related questions.
Yes, all you need is an internet connection. The content is available on a computer (e-learning platform), tablet or Smartphone (application).

For the WSET® Levels 1 and 2 Awards in Wines or Spirits, you can take the exam online (if you have the necessary configuration and equipment) or in person at our Bordeaux campus. For the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines or Spirits, you will need to attend the in-person examination at our Bordeaux campus.

Yes, the educational programmes are identical. Only the activities and the course duration vary. The examinations are identical, as well as the diplomas and their international recognition.

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