The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts.
WSET qualifications are globally recognized as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.
In the last academic year more than 85,000 candidates sat for the WSET exam in over 70 countries globally.
SHATEC is an officially-appointed Programme Provider for WSET in Singapore.
Take a look at the programmes available below if you are looking for a certified wine course that will help propel your career in the wine and spirit industry.
This course is a beginner level introduction to spirits suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in spirits.
The WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main styles and categories, for example people who work with spirits in the retail and hospitality sectors.
Successful candidates will be able to list the principal spirits categories, state their defining characteristics, and know the key principles involved in creating a balanced cocktail. They will consequently be able to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for spirits service.
Who Should Attend
New entrants to the industry and/or spirits enthusiasts
This qualification has a minimum requirement of 6 guided learning hours with SHATEC and is conducted in-person.
Participant(s) must be at least 18 years old and above, i.e. legal drinking age in Singapore, to partake in any of the WSET Programmes.
Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 30 multiple-choice questions. This qualification is regulated by Ofqual.
Upon successful passing the examination, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.
Results will be issued based on the following timeline:
Level 1: 10 weeks from assessment date
SHATEC will inform participants of your results via email once we have received the Gradelist from WSET. Your certificates and lapel pin will come at a later date and you will be advised of the collection details once we have received it.
Re-sit of Exam
Please note that if you have not passed the exam, you will be required to attend a re-sit (in order to be eligible for any course fee funding).
The exam re-sit fee is as follows:
Level 1 (Theory): S$ 145.00 per sitting (incl. GST)
Participants will learn:
- The basic principles of spirit production
- The main types and styles of spirits
- How to serve spirits
- Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
- How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
Full Course Fee incl. GST
1, 2, 4, 5, 7Nett Course Fee Payable after SSG Grant, incl. GST (Singaporeans/PRs/Long Term Visit Pass Plus Holders ≥ 21 years old)
3, 4, 7Nett Course Fee Payable after MES Grant, incl. GST (Singaporeans ≥ 40 years old)
Absentee Payroll rate at S$ 4.50 per hour, capped at S$ 100,000 per enterprise per calendar year
1Singaporeans and Singapore PRs, aged 21 and above, will be eligible for up to 50% SSG funding. Funding is subjected to SSG’s prevailing corporate policies and final approval.
2Singaporeans may also utilize available funds within their Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) or SkillsFuture Credits (where applicable) to offset total net course fee payable. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their S$ 500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website www.skillsfuture.sg/credit to choose from the courses available on the SkillsFuture Credit course directory.
3The SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MES) is for Singaporeans aged 40 years old and above.
4NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to S$ 250 each year when they sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). NTUC members from 40 years and above enjoy up to S$ 500 per year. For more information and terms and conditions, please refer to https://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg.
5Training support will be extended to Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) Holders with effect from 1 October 2021. The LTVP+ scheme applies to lawful foreign spouses of Singapore Citizens (SCs) with (i) at least one SC child or are expecting one from the marriage, or at least three years of marriage, and (ii) where the SC sponsor is able to support the family. LTVP+ holders will be identified with their green visit pass cards, with the word ‘PLUS’ on the back of the card.
6SME companies are required to log-in to Enterprise Portal for Jobs and Skills to update their SME status if they have not done so. All companies will be notified to log in to the portal to declare monthly salary and hours worked per week in order to receive Absentee Payroll.
7Companies and individuals are liable for the full course fee in the event that the SSG funding and subsidy are not approved.
8Class commencement is subjected to minimum class size met. Public holidays are excluded, where applicable
9 Eligible companies can offset the out-of-pocket expenses with the SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC). Please refer to https://www.enterprisejobskills.gov.sg/content/upgrade-skills/sfec.html for more information.
The following payment modes are available:
- SkillsFuture Credit
- Bank Transfer
- Credit Card
- Internet Banking
You are highly encouraged to collect the study pack in advance prior to course commencement for pre-reading (especially for Level 2 and 3). If you would like to do so, a full payment is required before collection can be arranged. Otherwise, study packs will be given on the first day of the course.
If you would like to collect your study pack in advance, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org once you have successfully submitted your registration in order for us to process your invoice.
SHATEC Institutes Pte Ltd (UEN: 198301550C) is an appointed CET Centre by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) for courses supported by SkillsFuture Credits (SFC) / funded by SSG. The funding support period for WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits (TGS-2020001268) is 22 Jul 2019 to 31 July 2022.
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