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Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) at Linfield

WSET Courses at Linfield

WSET provides high-quality education in wines and spirits to more than 94,000 people every year around the globe, making it the biggest and most respected wine education and certification organization of its kind in the world. As a WSET approved program provider, Linfield offers Oregon’s industry professionals, local beverage enthusiasts and Linfield students the opportunity to study and earn WSET awards on campus and online.

 

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WSET instructor pouring a taste of wine for a student.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

This introductory course is designed to be the perfect starting point for wine enthusiasts looking to grasp the fundamentals or anyone embarking on a career in the world of wine and hospitality. You will gain the skills to describe wines accurately, learn the systematic approach to tasting wine, and master the basic principles of wine and food pairing.

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Level 1 courses

Upcoming in person classes at Linfield's McMinnville Campus 

Unless otherwise noted, these courses are offered on the Linfield University McMinnville Campus.

Cost (includes wines, course materials and exam): $350

Weekend intensives

Class # IP L1 8-10-24
Aug. 10, 2024, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Exam: 5 p.m. (45 minutes)

Register by July 24, 2024

Class # IP L1 10-5-24
Oct. 5, 2024, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Exam: 5 p.m. (45 minutes)

Register by Sept. 18, 2024

Class # IP L1 12-7-24
Dec. 7, 2024, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Exam: 5 p.m. (45 minutes)

Register by Nov. 20, 2024

 

Weekly classes

IPW L1 8-5-24
Aug. 5–19 | Mondays 5-8 p.m.
Exam: Aug 19

Register by July 31, 2024

IPW L1 10-7-24
Oct. 7–21 | Mondays 5-8 p.m.
Exam: Oct 21

Register by Oct. 2, 2024

 

Columbia Gorge Satellite Locations!

Whether you are a local or want to take a weekend trip to the Columbia Gorge to explore the local wine scene, join us at our new satellite locations! Linfield University is pleased to bring WSET certifications to the Gorge!

Weekend intensive 

IPG L1 6-22-24
June 22, 2024 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Exam: 5 p.m. (45 minutes)
Location: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
1108 East Marina Way Hood River, OR 97031

Register by June 19, 2024

  

Weekly classes 

Coming Soon!!

Offered online

Learn at your own pace with this asynchronous format. Instructor support is available and there will also be one online live support session with a Linfield WSET instructor. Your e-textbook will be emailed directly to you. 

Cost: $250 includes course materials and exam. A Level 1 Wine Kit including six wines can be purchased and shipped directly to you for an additional $95 during the registration process.

Upcoming classes:

Class # O1WI2425APP
July 8-Aug. 5, 2024

Exam: Aug. 12, 2024, 9 a.m.

Register by June 23, 2024

Student reviewing WSET materials and taking notes.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

An internationally recognized and comprehensive course covering the major grape varieties, the important wine regions, the styles of wine they produce and how to use label information to understand a wine’s quality and style. Ideal for wine professionals with some experience and wine enthusiasts familiar with wines from around the world. Does not require Level 1 to register. The total qualification time for the Level 2 Award in Wines is 28 hours. This includes 17 instructor guided learning hours (of which one hour is
for the examination) and 11 hours’ private study. It is recommended that you have read the book prior to your first day of class. 

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Level 2 courses

Upcoming in-person classes

Unless otherwise noted, these courses are offered on the Linfield University McMinnville Campus.

Cost (includes wines, course materials and exam): $820 

Weekend intensives 

Class # IP L2 8-23-24
Aug. 23-25, 2024, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exam: Aug. 25, 5 p.m. (one hour)

Register by Aug. 7, 2024

Class # IP L2 10-18-24
Oct. 18-20, 2024, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exam: Oct. 20, 5 p.m. (one hour)

Register by Oct. 2, 2024

Class # IP L2 12-13-24
Dec. 13-15, 2024, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exam: Dec. 15, 5 p.m. (one hour)

Register by Nov. 27, 2024

 

Weekly classes

IPW L2 7-8-24
July 8-Aug. 12
Mondays 5-8 p.m.
Exam: Aug. 19

Register by June 23, 2024


IPW L2 10-1-24
Oct. 1-Nov. 19
Tuesday 6-8:00 p.m.
Exam: Dec. 3

Register by Sept. 16, 2024

 

Columbia Gorge Satellite Locations!

Whether you are a local or want to take a weekend trip to the Columbia Gorge to explore the local wine scene, join us at our new satellite locations! Linfield University is pleased to bring WSET certifications to the Gorge!

Weekend intensive 

IPG L2 7-12-24
July 12 - 14, 2024
Friday: 6 - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Exam: July 14, 5 p.m. (60 minutes)
Location: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
1108 East Marina Way Hood River, OR 97031

Register by June 26, 2024

 

Weekly classes 

IPWG L2 7-10-24
July 10 - Aug. 7 | Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Exam: Aug 14, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Double Strand Winery
953 Quartz Dr, Mosier, Or 97040

Register by July 3, 2024

Offered online: live instructor

Cost: $725 includes course materials and exam. A Level 2 Wine Kit including 12 wines can be purchased for an additional $210 during the registration process.

 

Offered online

Learn at your own pace with this asynchronous format. Instructor support is available and there will also be one online live support session with a Linfield WSET instructor. Your e-textbook will be shipped directly to you. 

Cost: $650 includes course materials and exam. A Level 2 Wine Kit including 12 wines can be purchased and shipped to you for an additional $180 during the registration process.

Upcoming online classes:

Class # O2WI2425APP
July 8-Aug. 12, 2024

Exam: Aug. 19, 2024, 9 a.m.

Register by June 23, 2024

 

flight of wine next to WSET course materials

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality. The total qualification time for the Level 3 Award in Wines is 84 hours, made up of 32.5 guided learning hours, (including the 2.5 hour examination) and 51.5 hours private study. It is recommended that for all WSET Level 3 course formats you have read the book once prior to the first day of class. It is recommended that WSET Level 3 candidates have completed the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, or an equivalent level of knowledge prior to registration for Level 3. For more insight see our FAQ.
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Level 3 courses

Upcoming in-person classes

Cost (includes wines, course materials and exam): $1,400 

Intensives 

Dates Coming Soon!!

 

Weekly classes

Class # L3 10-1-24
Oct. 1- Jan. 7
Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Exam: Jan. 14, 6 p.m. (two hours, thirty minutes)

Register by Sept. 13, 2024

Offered online

Learn at your own pace with this asynchronous format. Instructor support is available and there will also be two online live supports session with a Linfield WSET instructor. Your e-textbook will be emailed directly to you. 

Cost: $1,100 includes course materials and exam. A Level 3 Wine Kit including 18 wines can be purchased and shipped to you for an additional $340 during the registration process. Exam must be completed in person at Linfield University due to the tasting assessment.

New Dates Coming Soon!

Fee Structure for Replacements and Exam Services

  • Linfield University WSET Fee Policy

    Linfield University strives to cultivate students so that they are prepared to pass on exam day. The reality is that life sometimes gets in the way, resulting in missed exams, classes, and reprioritization. There are associated fees that correlate to registration and exam changes and these fees can be found by course below.

    Reschedule  

    For in person classes and exams, please let us know that you will need to change your exam date 12 business days prior to scheduled exam. For online classes please let us know that you will not be able to attend the class 10 business days prior to the beginning of class. For online exams please reschedule 20 business days prior to your scheduled exam. Rescheduling outside of these timeframes will incur the associated reschedule fees below.

    Resits

    For resits we offer the opportunity for candidates to sit with upcoming scheduled exams. Please contact us to schedule you on these predetermined dates. Associated fees will be charged at the point of registration for the resit exam.

    Result Enquiry

    If you receive a failing grade or want to enquire about your results, you have within 10  business days to file a result enquiry form and pay the associated fee to receive more information from WSET.

    Result Enquiry and Feedback 

    If you receive a failing grade or want to enquire about your results, you have within 10 business days to file a result enquiry form and pay the associated fee to receive information on your results and feedback from WSET.

    Replacement of Pin or Certificate

    Certificates and pins can get lost in the mail, at times WSET may leave out pins or a name may need to be altered. You may lose your certificates and pins in a move or fire etc. If the candidate requests a new certificate the cost is $38 for candidates who have graduated post 1990. For candidates prior to 1990 the cost is $65. For pins the cost is $7. Linfield University and WSET share the cost on items lost in the mail or issues relating to clerical errors, including name changes. Candidates only incur these costs if they have lost the certificate or pin once they have been received by the candidate.

     

    Table of the fees associated with the level 1 classes.

    Level 1 Fees

     

    Reschedule

    Resit

    Result Enquiry

    Level 1 In-Person Fees

    Free or $130 if after deadline

    $75

    $30

    Level 1 Online Fees

    Free or $130 if after deadline

    $110

    $30

     

    Table of the fees associated with the level 2 classes.

    Level 2 Fees

     

    Reschedule

    Resit

    Result Enquiry

    Level 2 In-Person Fees

    Free or $170 if after deadline

    $125

    $50

    Level 2 Online Fees

    Free or $170 if after deadline

    $160

    $50

     

    Table of the fees associated with the level 3 classes.

    Level 3 Fees

     

     

    Reschedule

    Resit

    Result Enquiry

    Result Enquiry & Feedback

    Level 3 In-Person Fees

    Free or $350 if after deadline

    Theory : $110

    Tasting: $50

    Theory: $70

    Tasting: $70

    Theory: $140

    Tasting: $90

    Level 3 Online Fees

    Free or $350 if after deadline

    Theory : $110

    Tasting: $50

    Theory: $70

    Tasting: $70

    Theory: $140

    Tasting: $90

    WSET Fees