Wine Course Comparisons

Wine Course Comparisons

We created this Wine Course Comparisons guide on the various certified wine courses available currently on the market. You can compare and decide which online wine course is the most suitable for you.

Each wine course provider mentioned is highly professional and deeply respected by APWASI.

This comparison is based solely upon our opinion.

All APWASI online wine and spirit courses that are taken on their own, upon completion earn you the designation APWASI specialist for that country. For example, if you study Italy and upon successfully passing you are an APWASI-Italy Specialist.

x in the table above means you need to pass all these courses to get these higher designations

Wine Course Comparisons

Provider APWASI WSET  SWE WSG
Asia Pacific Wine and Spirit Institute Wine and Spirit Certified Wine Wine Scholar
Education Trust Educators Guild
Courses 
Equivalent Wine Essentials 1 WSET Level 1 CSW NIL
What is Wine x (sections) x (sections)
Styles of Wine x (sections) x (sections)
How to taste
wine
x (sections) x (sections)
How to store
wine
x (sections) x (sections)
Classic grapes
1
x (sections) x (sections)
Growing
conditions 
x (sections) x (sections)
Pairing of
Wine
x (sections) x (sections)
Wine glassware x (sections) x (sections)
Wine culture x (sections) NIL x (section)
Wine etiquette x (sections) NIL x (section)
Online wine
tasting
x (sections) NIL
Future of wine x (sections) NIL
Sparkling wine x (sections) NIL
WIne Essentials 2 WSET Level 2
Style quality
price
x (sections) x (sections)
Classic grapes
2
x (sections) x (sections) x (section)
Sparkling wine x (sections) x (sections) x (section)
Fortified
wine
x (sections) x (sections) x (section)
Labelling
terms
x (sections) x (sections)
Viticulture x (sections) NIL x (section)
Vinification x (sections) NIL x (section)
Wine
composition
x (sections) NIL x (section)
Wine faults x (sections) NIL x (section)
Consumer Wine
Course
Course คอลัมน์1 NIL NIL NIL
All 5 courses earn APWASI Old World WSET Level 3
Wine Professional
France x (full course) x (section) x (section) x (full course)
Italy x (full course) x (section) x (section) x (full course)
Spain  x (full course) x (section) x (section) x (full course)
Portugal x (full course) x (section) x (section) Please note 
Germany x (full course) x (section) x (section) their courses
All 8 courses earn are longer
APWASI New World
Wine Professional
Wines Of
Canada
x (full course) x (section) x (section)
Wines of USA x (full course) x (section) x (section)
Wines Of
Chile
x (full course) x (section) x (section)
Wines of
Argentina
x (full course) x (section) x (section)
Wins Of South
Africa
x (full course) x (section) x (section)
Wines Of
Australia
x (full course) x (section) x (section)
Wines of New
Zealand
x (full course) x (section) x (section)
Wines Of China All 5 courses earn  x (full course) NIL x (section)
APWASI Spirits  Their sections are less indepth
Professional and shorter per section
Brandy and
Cognac
x (full course) All these sections
make up one course.
Tequila x (full course)
Whisky x (full course)
APWASI Fortified 
Wine Professional
Port Wine x (full course)
Sherry Wine All 4 courses earn x (full course)
APWASI Luxury 
Professional
Cigars x (full course)
Caviar x (full course)
Foie Gras x (full course)
Truffles x (full course)
Sparkling
Wine
x (full course)
IceWine x (full course)
APWASI Certified WSET DIPLOMA
Global Wine & Spirits
Professional
Viticulture Viticulture
Vinification Vinification
Business of the World Business of Wine
Wines of the World Wines of the World
Sparkling Wines Sparkling Wines
Fortified Wines Fortified Wines

Notes for WSET
If the topic is mentioned more than once in other course offerings, it means the sections are shorter and become more in-depth with each higher level you study. Their courses are progressive with each level. APWASI courses are singular stand alone so the information is contained in one complete course. This refers to each country wine course, port, sherry or sparkling wine.

Notes for Certified Wine Educator
Their singular courses like the CSW covers a larger topic area. Given the large content covered the material provided is different in volume and depth compared to other course providers.

Notes for Wine Scholar Guild
Their course offerings are currently limited to 3 specific countries.

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