WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits CLASSROOM

Level 1 Award in Spirits Cover Photo


The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Award in Spirits will introduce you to the basic principles of spirit production and the main types and styles of spirits available.  

You will also learn how to serve spirits and understand the factors affecting the flavour of spirits.


Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Offered in a 1 day format, once per year.  Course material will be available before the course begins.


9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (The exam will be held prior to 5:30 PM)


University of Guelph, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, Macdonald Stewart Hall (MACS). 

MACS is located in north campus, just east of the Gordon Street and College Ave intersection.

University of Guelph campus map


The qualification aims to provide basic product knowledge to prepare a person for a role in hospitality or the spirits industry.  Also, a great course for anyone pursuing an interest in spirits.


On completion of the core units, you will be able to:

  • understand the basic principles of spirit production
  • understand the main types and styles of spirits available
  • how to serve spirits
  • distinguish the factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits (SAT)

WSET Level 1 Spirits Specification Guide  - Must be read before enrolling.


You must successfully complete a multiple choice exam of 30 questions.  All students who pass will be issued an internationally-recognized WSET certificate and a lapel pin.

The exam will take place near the end of Sunday’s session.  If you are not writing the final examination, please let us know when you register.

The course is taught in English. Other languages are available for the course book and exam. If interested, please inquire before you register.


$395 + HST ($51.35) = $446.35

Includes: study guide, spirits for in-class tasting, glassware, instruction and examination fees.

*A 10% discount will apply to U of G alumni, students, staff & faculty. $355.50 + HST ($46.22) = $401.72


September 20th, 2019

Please register early.  These popular certifications have filled up BEFORE the deadline date. 


Please complete the on-line application form.  Successful certifications will include your first name, middle name and last name.  Only if your last name is to appear first on the certification, please contact Lisa a minimum of two weeks prior to course start.


Payment is due upon submitting your application form.  Please follow one of these two options:

  1. Contact Lisa Fodor at 519-824-4120, ext. 56116 with credit card details (VISA or M/C only); OR
  2. Forward a cheque payable to the "University of Guelph" and mail to: Lisa Fodor (the address is on the application form).

HST Registration Number - R108161829    This course does not qualify for the Canada Revenue Agency T2202A Education Form.  A University of Guelph receipt can be issued.


There are no restrictions on entry to the WSET Level 1 certification.

Students who are under 19, will not be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages during in-class tastings, but this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification. Similarly, students who choose not to taste alcohol for health, religious or other reasons will not find this a barrier to successfully completing the qualification.

Level 1 and 2 can be taken simultaneously. Level 1 is not a prerequisite for Level 2.


If cancellation occurs within 6 - 10 working days prior to the course start date, an administration fee of $100 will apply.  No refunds 5 days prior to course start.


Contact Lisa regarding information on appeals, reasonable adjustments, special consideration, disability/accessibility services, etc. prior to enrollment.


Lisa Fodor
Logistics Coordinator
School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Macdonald Stewart Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56116