Make money from your drinks knowledge with the WSET

27 July, 2007

Q I feel that, after more than a decade in the trade, I have built up a wealth of wine knowledge which I would like to share with others. I would like to supplement my income at the same time. What do you recommend?

A You could consider becoming one of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust's recommended tutors. This would enable you to coach students taking the Intermediate and Advanced certificates.

According to the WSET, applicants for the scheme must have up-to-date wine and spirit product knowledge and have recent experience in the delivery of WSET qualifications, with comprehensive understanding of the WSET systematic approach to tasting.

To apply, you will need at least three units of the Diploma and if you want to teach the Advanced course, you'll have to pass the Diploma.

The WSET adds: "As well as holding a WSET qualification it is preferable that tutors possess a formal qualification in vocational training or adult education, such as PGCE. Alternatively, competence may be demonstrated by means of a portfolio of relevant teaching experience, supported by references."

Would-be tutors attend a two-day seminar and pay a joining fee of £150. To be recommended up to Intermediate level costs £90 and to Advanced level it is £152. Recommended tutors receive free information and study pack updates, publicity through the WSET, and the chance to attend open evenings with others in the scheme.

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