What we do

WSET provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. We currently offer nine qualifications covering wines, spirits and sake.

WSET qualifications are globally recognised 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 over 72,000 candidates sat a WSET exam in 73 countries. 

Download our fact sheet: WSET 2015/16, at a glance

WSET - its core values and its drive to deliver wine and spirit education to the very highest of standards the world over - is central to the continued growth of the industry

Michael Broadbent MW

Who we are

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET and WSET Awards) is an awarding body and registered charity devoted to the development and delivery of qualifications and courses in wines and spirits. Established in 1969 for the UK wine trade, WSET has since grown to become the global industry leader.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, our educational products offer impartial and sound learning on which individuals and businesses can build knowledge and expertise.

WSET qualifications are available through a network of over 600 Approved Programme Providers (APPs) working in over 70 countries and 19 languages.

We also run our own flagship school, WSET School London from our headquarters on Bermondsey Street, London. The school offers all nine WSET qualifications alongside tasting sessions and bespoke programmes.

Our credentials

WSET is committed to delivering our qualifications to the highest standard. We achieve this through a quality assurance programme where all course providers (Approved Programme Providers) must meet rigorous approval criteria and on-going monitoring requirements.

WSET Awards is accredited as an awarding body by Ofqual (UK), holds an ISO 9001:2008 certification, and is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, FAB.

In addition we work closely with the industry to ensure that our qualifications and education products are job-relevant. Many of the industry’s leading brands support our work through our Corporate Patronage Programme.

In 2015 WSET was recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Operations

WSET qualifications are developed and administrated by WSET Awards. This team, supported by the rest of the business, oversees the appointment, administration and support of our extensive network of third-party teaching and examination centres around the world (APPs).