The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has been training and certifying wine professionals and enthusiasts for nearly 50 years. Last year alone, over 105,000 students across the world registered in a WSET certification course across over 70 countries. For wine professionals and enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive and structured path toward deepening their understanding and appreciation of wine, the WSET offers a series of wine and spirits courses ideal for all levels.

House of Wine is proud to be the first Approved Program Provider in Idaho for the following certification:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

**Mandatory Hayden Beverage Enrollment Form- Due April 1st

All students must complete the enrollment form below by April 1st to ensure registration.

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WSET Level 1 Information

Who should take the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Course?
  • You are a wine enthusiast who wish to gain a hands-on introduction into the world of wine and wants to obtain an internationally recognized wine qualification
  • You are employed in the drinks and hospitality industries and have little prior knowledge of wine in general
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Prerequisites

Students must be at least 21 years of age at the date of enrollment.

There are no educational prerequisites to this course.

Course Outline

In this course, the following topics will be covered:

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

The link to the specifications for the course can be found here:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Specifications

Assessment and Certification

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is assessed by a closed-book examination that consists of 30 multiple choice questions, to be completed in 45 minutes.  A minimum mark of 70% is needed to obtain certification.

The exam will be held on 4/22 at the Boise location and each individual Hayden satellite.  Distinct time slots will be available to take the exam in small groups so as to preserve the safety and health of all staff.  Time slots to take the exam will be available for registration mid-April.


This is a six hour course presented in two, three-hour segments via video conferencing. There will be a 30 minute review session and 45 minute exam at the conclusion of the course on 4/22.

Wednesday Group: 4/8 2-5 pm MST and 4/15 2-5pm MST; Exam 4/22
Friday Group: 4/10 3-6pm MST and 4/17 3-6pm MST; Exam 4/22

Total Curriculum Hours including 45 minute exam: 7.25 hours

Course Fee

Course Fees Paid by Hayden Beverage and Include:

  • Course book
  • Study guide
  • Wine samples (a minimum of 6)
  • Experiment supplies
  • Instruction by a WSET Certified Educator
  • Exam
  • Certificate & lapel pin upon successful completion
House of Wine WSET APP Policies

House of Wine is an independent WSET Approved Program Provider.  As such, we have created policies to ensure that we protect the integrity of the WSET qualifications offered, safeguard our student interests, comply with local regulations, and uphold WSET policies and procedures.  Our school’s policy handbook can be found at the button below:

House of Wine Policy Handbook (PDF)

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.