WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


Mode of Study:
In-person delivery

7 hours (1 day)

Course Timing:
Lesson: 9am to 4.15pm
Closed book exam: 4.15pm to 5.00pm

Available Intakes:
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Registration closes 3 weeks before course commencement.

ibis Singapore on Bencoolen
170 Bencoolen Street Singapore 189657

Important Notice:
From 1 October 2023, participants who are attending SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)'s funded courses must take their attendance digitally via the Singpass App for attendance-taking for both physical classroom and synchronous e-learning courses.

To ensure seamlessness of attendance-taking, participants are encouraged to download the Singpass App on their mobile phones (with a camera) or tablets (with a camera) and set up their Singpass accounts (if this was not done previously) before their respective courses start.

Participants are to bring their devices with the installed Singpass App for each session.


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.

Course Description

This course is a beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine.

The WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines is intended for people who have little to no prior knowledge of wines. It is designed to provide a sound but simple introduction to wines. The qualification will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main types and styles of wines, for example people who work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Successful candidates will be able to know the key stages in grape growing and winemaking, list the principal types and styles of wines, state the key characteristics of wines made from the principal grape varieties as well as other examples of wines, and know the key principles involved in the storage and service of wine. They will consequently be in a position to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for the service of wine.

Who Should Attend

New entrants to the industry and/or wine enthusiasts

Course Structure

Course Delivery
This qualification has a minimum requirement of 6 classroom hours (including a 45 minutes assessment) conducted in-person.

Entry Requirements
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.

Participant(s), for religious, health or any other reason(s), who do not wish to sample any alcohol during the course, may do so (only applicable for WSET Level 1 & 2 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 refer to the Specification.

Results will be issued based on the following timeline:
Level 1: 30 working days after receipt of pack returned to WSET

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 them.

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)

For more information on our Approved Programme Provider Policies, please refer here.

Course Outline

The course covers the following contents:

  • The main types and styles of wines
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Course Fees

Course Fee wef 1 Jan 2024

Self-Sponsored/ 7Non-SME

6, 7SME

Full Course Fee incl. 9% GST

S$ 523.20

S$ 523.20

1, 2, 4, 5, 7Nett Course Fee Payable after SSG Grant, incl. GST (Singaporeans/PRs/Long Term Visit Pass Plus Holders ≥ 21 years old)

S$ 283.20

S$ 283.20

3, 4, 7Nett Course Fee Payable after MES Grant, incl. GST (Singaporeans ≥ 40 years old)

S$ 187.20

S$ 187.20

6Absentee Payroll

Absentee Payroll rate at S$4.50 per hour, capped at S$100,000 per enterprise per calendar year

* In accordance with the Budget 2022 announcement, the GST rate will be increased from:

(i) 7% to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023; and

(ii) 8% to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024.

  • 9% GST will apply to full payments received by SHATEC from 1 January 2024 onwards.
  • Full payments received by SHATEC before 1 January 2024 will have no adjustment to the 8% GST.

Please refer to for more information on the GST rate change.

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 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

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 for more information.

Payment Mode

The following payment modes are available:

  • SkillsFuture Credit
  • Bank Transfer
  • PayNow
  • Credit Card
  • Internet Banking
Collection of Study Pack

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 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 Wines (TGS-2020000197) is 22 Jul 2019 to 31 July 2024.

““The passion and vigour of our trainer, Mr. Jason Ow-Yong showed exceptionally in his teaching style. He kept learning interesting with a deep appreciation for wines and spiked our interests to pursue study further into the world of wines.”

Mr. Nicholas Teoh
Participant of WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
November 2019

Our WSET programmes furnish our learners with engaging lessons to supplement the critical learning outcomes in each WSET certification.

Our trainers, such as Mr. Jason Ow-Yong, are committed to sharing their experience and knowledge with students to advance the quality of entrants into the F&B or wine industry.

Each student also receives guidance through wine tasting and food pairing activities.


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Contact Details

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