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WSET® Level 1 Award in Wine Service


This qualification provides an introduction to front line staff wishing to gain basic wine service skills. It can be seen as a quick way to cover the basics for wine service and is ideal for people preparing for their first job in wine service, or those wishing to make a transition to wine service. Please note that to gain this qualification students must also successfully pass the Level 1 Award in Wines or the Level 2 or 3 Award in Wines & Spirits.


The aim of the course is to show how to identify and satisfy customer needs and to provide a useful insight into the career progression to becoming a wine waiter/sommelier.
(Successful students will receive a certificate)


  • Introduction to sommellerie
  • Key elements to enhance customer service
  • How to correctly care for and handle equipment for wine service
  • How to serve wines
  • How to store wines
  • To gain the qualification students are assessed by a role-play exercise
PDF File Level 1 Award in Wine Service Specification 2012-13 (3875KB)


Where to Study?


study locations

Around the World

Entry Requirements
Students and candidates who are under the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the country where the examination is being held will NOT be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages as part of their course, but this is NOT a barrier for successfully completing the qualification. (except for London Wine & Spirit School where candidates must be 18 years or over)
How to gain the qualification
You must successfully complete:
  • Role play restaurant wine service scenario

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