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About WSET Spirits Level One

The WSET Level One is an internationally recognised qualification that will be invaluable in your career in spirits and bartending around the world. For individuals new to the subject, this qualification offers a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits. You’ll explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste, to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

The following topics will be covered:

  • the main categories of spirits (vodka, gin, whisk(e)y, rum, tequila, brandy, cognac & liqueurs)
  • spirit production processes
  • the factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • sensible drinking guidelines
  • service and sales of spirits

To gain the WSET qualification, students need to successfully pass a multiple-choice paper consisting of 30 questions.

Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

If you book this course with our International Bartenders Course, you will receive a 50% discount on the WSET. Book through the International Bartenders Course page and there will be an option to add the WSET at checkout.

Please note: For all WSET exams booking, confirmation and payment must be complete at least 10 working days before the course start date, in order for us to arrange delivery of the exam papers. Please contact us if the course you want to book is due to start sooner.

You must be at least 18 years old to enrol yourself on any of our bartending courses. In certain circumstances, 17-year-olds can apply with their parent’s permission, please contact us to discuss.

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Location : Cape Town

Click the calendar below to check upcoming dates, and the bottom right of the image to book. (If you are booking as an add-on to the IBC then the WSET will take place on the Friday of your course.)

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Location : Johannesburg

Click the calendar below to check upcoming dates, and the bottom right of the image to book. (If you are booking as an add-on to the IBC then the WSET will take place on the Friday of your course.)

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Jordan Botes
Jordan Botes
2021-05-14
This course was most informative, both theoretically and practically. Charmaine is an excellent educator. I had loads of fun!
Andrew Kiloh
Andrew Kiloh
2021-05-14
kevin van Schalkwyk
kevin van Schalkwyk
2020-02-10
Great foundation to have!
Siyabonga Ndlovu
Siyabonga Ndlovu
2019-07-20
Mxolisi Mayisa
Mxolisi Mayisa
2019-07-20
KVE Productions
KVE Productions
2019-07-18
Arthur Samende
Arthur Samende
2019-07-16
Taurai Blessing Saruchera
Taurai Blessing Saruchera
2019-07-16
blessing phiri
blessing phiri
2019-07-15
Jayden Oosthuizen
Jayden Oosthuizen
2019-07-15

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WSET is the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. WSET provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. They offer a comprehensive suite of qualifications covering wines and spirits.

Most definitely YES! We stock an impressive range of spirits and liqueurs (you could say we are collectors), which all students are encouraged to taste. When making cocktails we only use real ingredients, and all cocktails are tasted by the students and instructors. We are not a dry BarSchool!

This being said, all tasting is done in a professional and controlled manner and while students are encouraged to taste it is not necessary. We have a very strict policy on students arriving in an intoxicated state or becoming intoxicated during the course and you may be asked to leave the premises if this occurs.

This is of course up to you, many of our students just want a job in a local bar to earn them some money through college or travelling, but some will choose to make this their career and for them the possibilities are endless. We do invite local bar and restaurant owner to our 'stress test' at the end of the week, and sometimes all the students have a job before they have finished the course. There are a lot more job opportunities than you realise. As well as getting jobs locally, many of our students travel to different countries to work as well as being able to work on Super yachts and cruise liners. Some of our students have gone on to set up their own cocktail bars, and one works as a bartender barista on one of the largest private yachts in the world (we can't tell you which one I'm afraid!)

You can book and pay for your course online, there is plenty of information on this website and it's very secure. If you want to speak to someone call Fay or Xola at our head office in Cape Town and they can give you the lowdown. You can pay over the phone or we can send you a link for an EFT, Snapscan or your credit card. You only need to pay a deposit when you book to secure your place on a particular course then you can settle the remainder in the week before you start.

The price includes everything you need: course material, a fully stocked bar with all the equipment & glassware. The only thing you will need to bring to class is your favourite pen. Lunch is not included in the course. Both schools are in the town centre very close to lots of different eateries. Students can also bring in their own lunch and we do have facilities for storage and warming.

Yes, there is one multiple-choice paper consisting of 30 questions.

Save and Get Fully Qualified With Our Package Deals

We have put a number of our courses together for those that are looking to combine the courses into a longer one, whilst making a great saving on course prices. Our ultimate package is the Master Bartender Course, which teaches you everything you need to know to start your bartending and barista career with both knowledge and style. You can do the courses over whatever time period suits you; there is no problem with doing the Master Bartender Package in a month or you can spread it over 6 months if you like.

You can see all the different course dates on the website or contact us to help you navigate this.

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