WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits
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WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits

The diploma of excellence in spirits.

The WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits is the ultimate qualification to gain theoretical and technical training in the spirits industry. It provides a global view of the international spirits market and allows you to explore all production styles, and marketing trends. The WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits is the most technically advanced spirits qualification in the world today. WiSP is the only training organisation in France to offer the WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits . Our educators are true experts in the spirits sector and WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits graduates.

This expert-level qualification is delivered in English in an exceptional setting, La Maison du Whisky in Paris, to be at the heart of the training topic. The certification course combines theoretical content, sensory training practice and group discussions.

Upon successfully completing the WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits, you‎ ‎will‎ ‎ be able to advise your customers with expertise and professionalism confidently.

Please note that the gap between Level 2 and Level 3 is substantial. The‎ ‎ WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits ‎ ‎ covers many spirit families, from Asian spirits to agave spirits to French eaux-de-vie. An extraordinary journey into the world of spirits and a unique opportunity to taste rare spirits !

A rich and complete educational programme to become an expert and passionate member of the spirits community.

The WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits ‎ ‎ is in a blended learning delivery mode comprising face-to-face and distance learning sessions in English only. To best prepare for your course, you will receive an invitation to an introductory videoconference with your educator, followed by 5.5 days of in-class training to become a confirmed expert in spirits. During the five-day course, expert trainers from the spirits sector will join the group session to allow you to ask all your questions and clarify specific complex points.

Accessibility of training to people with disabilities. Contact our disability advisor on 05 57 71 75 61 or by email contact@wisp-campus.com in order to study together the necessary arrangements.

Who can benefit from the WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits?

WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits holders looking to build on their acquired knowledge.

Industry professionals and spirits enthusiasts who wish to develop advanced tasting skills to evaluate a spirit accurately.

Sommeliers wishing to obtain true expertise in spirits.

Stakeholders in wine and spirits tourism.

Wine merchants who wish to master the minor details of spirits to improve their spirits selection skills.

Producers, wholesale distribution, import-export, and bar service professionals.

What will you learn in this WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits?

Describe and evaluate the characteristics of all spirits and flavoured wines with unparalleled accuracy.

Describe and evaluate the characteristics of all spirits and flavoured wines with unparalleled accuracy.

Master the fundamental pillars of spirit production, such as starch conversion techniques or the physical separation process involved during distillation.

Understand the biological and thermodynamic phenomena of the distillation process.

Have an in-depth knowledge of the global and local spirits and liqueur markets.

Accurately describe the world's spirits and liqueurs.

Master the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT) and produce tasting notes.

Recommend, advise and serve suitable spirits to your clients.

WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits: Course Syllabus

WSET issue 2.1, 2022

  • Processing of raw materials
  • Alcoholic fermentation process
  • Distillation
  • Post-distillation practices

  • Scotch whisky
  • Bourbon
  • Rye whisky
  • Tennessee whiskey
  • Cognac
  • Armagnac
  • Caribbean Rum
  • Tequila
  • Mezcal
  • Vodka and gin

  • Main production processes
  • Main styles
  • Key labelling terms

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WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits: Study Materials

Upon registration to the WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits, you will receive the essential study materials to optimise your learning experience.‎ ‎
WSET recommends a 95-hour pre-exam preparation comprised of 52 hours of study time. Before the first training day, you must thoroughly read the WSET® textbook UNDERSTANDING SPIRITS: EXPLAINING STYLE & QUALITY and take notes on all the topics covered. This preparation will allow for more dynamic and interesting group sessions and richer participant interactions.


Here are the different stages of the WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits, from course registration to certificate validation.

I validate my registration with the support of the WiSP team.

Seven days after my registration validation, I receive the necessary textbook for my pre-course preparation. Self-study time recommended: 52 hours.

Fifteen days before the course start date, an e-mail will invite me to attend the introductory webinar and provide all the necessary information for the group sessions.

I attend the introductory webinar and then, three or four weeks later, the classroom group sessions. The in-class mode alternates between theory, consolidation and tasting practice.

The examination occurs on the last day and last hour of training. The last half-day of training is entirely dedicated to the exam. First, the theoretical test (2 hours) and then the analytical tasting test (30 minutes).

Twelve weeks after the exam, I will receive my results by e-mail. If I successfully pass my exam, I will receive my WSET® certificate and lapel pin by post.

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Individualised support throughout your course duration.

A course that combines theory and tasting sensory training.

An innovative and inclusive pedagogical approach.

Certified educators and spirits experts.

46% success rate in the WSET® Level 3 Award in Spirits.

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