WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

An introduction to spirits suitable for those pursuing an interest in spirits.



  • Consumers looking for an introduction to spirits.


  • No previous study requirements. WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits is NOT a prerequisite to taking the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits. In fact, we encourage those looking for a serious spirits class to start with WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits.

  • At least 21 years of age.



Learn about spirits through our 4-week WSET Level 1 Online study program that is flexible to work around your busy schedule. The WSET Level 1 Online course covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a supported and interactive online classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. This is a four-week, instructor let online course with fixed start and end dates.

The course follows a weekly structure, but it allows the student to work ahead or catch up on activities and forums. There is no set times to log into the course as there are are no live chats or webinars.

You'll learn:

  • The basic principles of spirit production

  • The main types and styles of spirits

  • How to serve spirits

  • Factors affecting the flavor of spirits

  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits (SAT)

Each week consists of a series of online activities, often based on group discussion, with an online tutor allocated to guide you in your studies. A timed feedback test is provided at the end of each week for you to practice for the exam and assess your understanding of that week’s topics. Group tasting activities are also provided to familiarize you with the Systematic Approach to Tasting at the beginner level.

Class includes:

  • 4-week guided study (1 year course access)

  • WSET Level 1 Spirits exam - 30 multiple choice questions. Exams must be scheduled and taken in person at our Providence, RI location

You'll achieve:

  • Successful candidates receive the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits certificate and lapel pin.

System Requirements:

You will need access to a computer with the following minimum requirements: Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible with Javascript and cookies enabled. Adobe Reader XI or equivalent. Adobe Flash Player 11. Internet access (broadband recommended).

For more information and full details on the course, please download the Specification below.



When, Where and How?

Current Course Offerings:

WSET Level 1 Spirit Online Class - Starts 5/4/19 >

Starts: 5/4/19
Schedule: Saturday, May 4 - May 31,2019
Exam: Saturday, June 15, 2019 4:15pm-5:00pm
Availability: Open
Last Day to Register: 4/19/19

WSET Level 1 Spirit Online Class - Starts 6/8/19 >

Starts: 6/8/19
Schedule: Saturday, June 8 - July 5, 2019
Exam: Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:15-11:00
Availability: Open
Last Day to Register: 5/24/19

WSET Level 1 Spirit Online Class - Starts 6/29/19 >

Starts: 6/29/19
Schedule: Saturday, June 29 - July 26, 2019
Exam: Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:15-2:00pm
Availability: Open
Last Day to Register: 6/14/19

Don't see a schedule that works? Check back often, new classes scheduled all the time!


60 Valley Street, Suite 105, Providence, RI 02909 (Free parking available in the adjacent parking lots)

Tuition:  $225

Tuition includes all registration fees and online course instruction and exam fees. Select "Enroll Now" to pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.  Please contact Spirited Grape at 401-632-0149 for alternate payment methods or group rates

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