The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched a new spirits qualification, the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits, which will be available from 1 August 2019.

Alongside the new qualification, the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits and the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits have undergone thorough review, resulting in new qualifications exclusively focusing on wines.

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines will each benefit from updated specifications and learning materials and will both be available from 1 August 2019.

The new qualifications are the next step in WSET’s strategy to provide dedicated awards in three distinct streams: wine, spirits and sake.

“WSET has provided best-in-class education and qualifications to drinks professionals and enthusiasts for 49 years,” says WSET chief executive Ian Harris.

“We continually work to ensure that our qualifications remain current and job-relevant, equipping students with the skills and expertise they need.

“Extensive consultation with key industry stakeholders indicated a clear demand for specialist product education in the categories of wine, spirits and sake; our newly updated suite of qualifications directly addresses this demand, completing the separation of our products into three distinct subject-matter streams.”

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