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New foundation spirits course from WSET

Published:  08 September, 2009


The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is introducing a new Foundation Certificate in Spirits.



The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is introducing a new Foundation Certificate in Spirits.

The new examination is being introduced following growing demand for "done-in-a-day" courses, and is amied particularly at customer-facing front-line staff for both the on and off-trades.

It will provide the basic product knowledge and information on the various distillation techniques with the key spirits to help them with their day-to-day jobs.

The programme will cover the main spirit categories, the factors affecting the flavours of spirits and will also teach students how to taste and recognise different spirits by using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits. The course also covers health, safety and legal issues, as well as advice on the service and selling of spirits.

Ian Harris, chief executive of WSET, said: "In these uncertain times, it is important that education and staff training remain front-of-mind, both for individuals and for businesses. The Foundation Certificate in Spirits meets a clearly-identified business need and we have already started working with several major companies who are planning to use this course as part of their Staff Induction Programme - both in UK and in international markets."

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