• How do I register for a course?

    Answer:

    • Please use the website links for the class in which you wish to register, and follow the links to register electronically.
    • Alternatively, you can register for a course by phone at (212) 239-3055 or email at info@internationalwinecenter.com or you can visit us to register in person.
  • Can I spread my payments out?

    Answer:

    The only class that allows you to make two payment installments is our Level 4, Diploma, D3 course. All other course payments are due in full at the time of registration.

     

  • When can I pick up my materials?

    Answer:

    If you choose to pick up your materials, they will be available to be picked-up after you receive your course registration receipt via email.

  • Can I skip the Level 1 Wine course and begin directly with the Level 2 Wine course?

    Answer:

    Yes, you can skip the Level 1 Wines course and begin directly with the Level 2 Wines course. However, if you have had limited formal exposure to wine you might choose to begin with our Level 1 Wines course.

  • Can I skip the Level 2 Wines course and begin directly with the Level 3 Wines course?

    Answer:

    You can skip the Level 2 Wines course only if you have completed one of the following:

    • Successfully completed the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) course of the Society of Wine Educators
    • Successfully completed a WSET-sanctioned entrance exam (Level 3 Entry Exam)
  • How does the Level 3 Entry Exam work?

    Answer:

    • The Level 3 Entry Exam tests your knowledge material covered in the Level 2 Wines Course. The exam has 50 multiple-choice questions to be completed online in 45 minutes. You need a 90% grade or higher to pass. If you pass, you can skip the Level 2 Wines course and begin directly with the Level 3 Wines course.
    • To sign-up for the entry exam, please send us an enrollment agreement for a Level 3 Wines course that you wish to take, and a request for the Entry Exam. We will then order your Level 3 Entry Exam and you will receive log-in credentials to take that exam online. Your results are available to you immediately upon completion of the exam. After finishing the exam, email us your results and we will confirm your eligibility to register for Level 3. If you do not pass the Entry Exam, we encourage you to register in the Level 2 Wines Course.
    • Please find our registration page below: http://www.internationalwinecenter.com/registration/
  • Can a credential from the Court of Master Sommeliers qualify me for your Level 3 course?

    Answer:

    No, a Court of Master Sommeliers credential is not a valid entry qualification for the Level 3 Wines course.

  • If I am not in the industry, do I still need to provide one of the Level 2 entry documents?

    Answer:

    Yes, you are still required to provide one of the following:

    • An academic transcript or diploma (i.e. high-school, college, university, masters, etc.). Please note that the transcript or diploma does not have to involve wine studies. OR
    • A letter of reference from someone in the industry on company letterhead.
  • If I took Level 1 with you, do I still need to provide one of the Level 2 entry documents?

    Answer:

    Yes, you are still required to provide one of the following:

    • An academic transcript or diploma (i.e. high-school, college, university, masters, etc.). Please note that the transcript or diploma does not have to involve wine studies. OR
    • A letter of reference from someone in the industry on company letterhead.
  • Can I make-up classes that I miss?

    Answer:

    • Yes, you can make-up a class that you miss. If you know in advance that you will be missing a class, please email us with your name, course number and the date that you will be missing.
    • To make-up your missed class, we ask that you look on our website for alternative class dates and times and email us with that information. We will let you know if there is room in that class for you to make it up.
    • Please note that there may not be a make-up class available before your exam date.
  • Can I join the next level before my results come back from the previous level?

    Answer:

    You cannot register for Level 3 Wines or Level 4, Diploma without your exam results from the previous level. However, you can sign up for the Level 2 Wines course without Level 1 Wines exam results.

  • How long do the results take to be returned?

    Answer:

    • As soon as we receive your exam results, we will e-mail you, and subsequently will mail you your certificate and detailed grade.
    • Emailed Results (pass/ fail notification):
      • Level 1: 4 – 6 weeks
      • Level 2: 4 – 6 weeks
      • Level 3: 8 – 10 weeks
    • Mailed Results:
      • Level 1: 6 – 8 weeks
      • Level 2: 6 -8 weeks
      • Level 3: 10- 12 weeks
  • Can I buy a textbook without taking a course?

    Answer:

    No, we cannot sell textbooks apart from the full study kit. The study kit itself comes only with paid course registration.

  • Can I take an exam without enrolling in and attending a course?

    Answer:

    No, we cannot sell an exam without the sale of a full course. The only time that you can register for just an exam is when you are re-sitting a failed exam.

  • If I studied with a different WSET school, can I take my exam in New York at IWC?

    Answer:

    We will need to verify your exam eligibility with the other school, you will need to pay for the exam, and we will need to determine whether space is available.

  • What is the meaning of the opt-out date for an exam?

    Answer:

    When you are registered in a course, we automatically assign you to the exam date associated with that course. The opt-out date is the date by which you must notify us if you want to defer your exam, so that we can apply your exam pre-payment (part of the course registration) to your new date without penalty.

  • Is the school open on weekends?

    Answer:

    No, our school is not open on the weekends (except for classes that may be held during the weekend). Our office hours are as follows:

    • Monday – Thursday, 9:30am to 5:30pm
    • Fridays, 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Can I register for a course before I am 21?

    Answer:

    You can register for a class before you are 21 only if you will turn 21 before the first day of class. Please note that you must provide a valid government issued ID proving that you have turned 21 before the course begins.

  • Do you keep credit card information on file?

    Answer:

    No, we do not keep credit card information on file, for security purposes.

  • Will I receive a 1098T form from International Wine Center so that I can deduct the cost of my courses on my tax return?

    Answer:

    No, you will NOT receive a 1098T form from IWC. We are not an accredited university, therefore, the cost of your courses is not considered a deductible education expense.

Frequently Asked Questions about the WSET Diploma Program

  • What is the WSET Level 4 Courses (Diploma) Program?


    Answer:

    The Level 4 Courses are designed to build specialist knowledge of the principal wines of the world and the commercial factors relating to them, as well as a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines. This program is one of the most demanding and challenging courses of wine study offered in the world and fulfills one of the prerequisites for entry into the Master of Wine program.

  • Is the WSET Level 4 Courses Program for me?


    Answer:

    If you are a wine professional or consumer who is serious about pursuing a high-level, internationally recognized wine credential, and you hold the WSET Level 3 credential, these courses will be appropriate for you. The program is designed for those in the trade wishing to progress to roles such as food and beverage management, marketing specialists, wine buyers, sales executives and other professional roles. The program will aid those who are required to make managerial decisions, interpret information and have a thorough understanding of market trends and trade and legal requirements in a variety of industry sectors.

  • What are the entry requirements for the Level 4 Courses (Diploma) Program?


    Answer:

    The WSET Level 3 Wines credential is a prerequisite for entry into the Level 4 Program — that is, a passing grade in either the WSET  Level 3 Advanced Course or the WSET Level 3 Wines Course.

  • Are there any exceptions to the WSET Level 3 Advanced Course requirement?


    Answer:

    No

  • How is the Level 4 Courses Program structured?

    Answer:

    Level 4 is divided into six required units:

    • Wine Production, D1
    • Wine Business, D2
    • Wines of the World, D3
    • Sparkling Wines, D 4
    • Fortified Wines, D5
    • Independent Research Assignment, D6

    You begin your studies in the WSET Level 4 Courses by registering for Wine Production, D1 and passing the written examination. After passing that exam, you will register in Wine Business, D2; these units establish the foundation for continuing study. Enrollment in Wine Production D1 includes official registration with WSET as a Level 4 student for a three-year period, during which time you may register for the remaining Units and attempt the assessments associated with each.

  • Do people typically finish within the three-year registration period?

    Answer:

    Most people who complete Level 4 do so within two years, unless they have suspended or postponed their studies for personal or professional reasons.

  • I have other questions about how the Level 4 Courses Program operates. Where can I get help?


    Answer:

    To learn all of the details about how the program operates please visit the WSET website section on Level 4 Diploma in Wines here. Additionally, you can download and read the document labeled Level 4 Specification found on that page. If this doesn’t answer your questions, please contact us at IWC at (212) 239-3055.

  • How much does the Level 4 Program cost?

    Answer:

    • Wine Production, D1 — $1431.90*
    • Wine Business, D2 — $688
    • Wines of the World, D3 — $3348
    • Sparkling Wines, D4 — $948
    • Fortified Wines, D5 — $958
    • Independent Research Assignment, D6 — $338
    • * Includes the three-year WSET Level 4 Registration

    Prices are valid for courses and exams offered during the academic year ending July 31, 2020 and are subject to change without notice.

  • Are there any additional costs associated with the Level 4 Courses Program?

    Answer:

    All study materials for the Level 4 courses are made available to you as online documents.  Ideally, you also will have access to a well-stocked wine library.
 Highly recommended for Wine Production, D1, but not required, is Sally Easton’s Vines & Vinification which is available for sale at IWC for $44.73.
 We also encourage students to form study/tasting groups to help spread the cost of wine for tasting practice and foster an exchange of ideas.

  • Where are the Diploma Classes held?

    Answer:

    All classes are held at International Wine Center, 350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1201 and typically run from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

  • How do I register for the Level 4 Courses Program?

    Answer:

    All incoming students must begin with Level 4 Wine Production, D1. Visit the D1 Course page for the course description and registration information. To register, please call us at (212) 239-3055 from 9:30am till 6pm and we will be happy to help you.

  • Do all of the Level 4, Diploma Units need to be completed to attain WSET’s Diploma in Wines qualification?

    Answer:

    Yes, you must complete all 6 units to receive your WSET Level 4, Diploma in Wines Award.

  • Can I take the Level 4, Diploma Units in any order that I’d like?

    Answer:

    All candidates must begin with Wine Production, D1. Once you pass D1, you need to progress to Business of Wine, D2. Thereafter, you can take the remaining units in any order that you like.

  • Can I take more than one Level 4, Diploma Unit at a time?

    Answer:

    • This depends on which Units you plan to enroll in. Some students choose to double-up when enrolling in smaller Units such as D4, D5 and D6.
    • Because of the intense study, we do not recommend taking more than two units at a time.
    • Due to the extended length of the D3 course, students may wish to combine it with a smaller Unit.
    • Please call the office for recommended course combinations.
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