Wine Sommelier

VCC is excited to partner with Statera Wine Academy to offer the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) qualifications. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the world’s leading provider of qualifications in wines and spirits. Established in the UK in 1969, WSET’s qualifications are now recognized as the international standard by both the industry and enthusiasts. Since 1969 over half a million students have chosen to take a WSET qualification.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
In each term throughout the year WSET Level 1 is 12 hours WSET Level 1 Awarded in Wines Downtown Part-time

Register Now

Apply Now

International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

Online Mail In Person
If you're ready and know the program you want, register now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the CS Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [business hours]

Program Description

Program Description

Upon successful completion of the WSET Wine Sommelier Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 programs, you will become a world recognized as The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the world’s leading provider of qualifications in wines and spirits. Established in the UK in 1969, WSET’s qualifications are now recognized as the international standard by both the industry and enthusiasts. We, at VCC, strive to support the professional development of our students including a referral program for career opportunities and sponsorship of exclusive member tastings and events. You will not only graduate with a certificate that designates you as a leader in wine, you will become a part of a community that strives to help each other grow.

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Candidates must understand that there will be tasting of wine during the program and all candidates must be 19 years of age or older and must provide proper photo identification to attend the class.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

View all Info Sessions/Tours >>

Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info


Before you send us an email, please ensure you have reviewed

As well, if you meet any of the following criteria, please follow the links for more information:

Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Donna Hawrelko, VCC Sommelier, 604.871.7000, ext. 8694
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC Sommelier, 604.871.7000, ext. 8428

Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 (201992)

(WSOM 1501) WSET Level 1 Award In Wine (WSOM 1501) 0 credits    $504.84

The Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Wine Sommelier Level 1 is designed for individuals new to wine study. This qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You will explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste. You will learn the basic skills to describe wines accurately and to make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

Students are required to purchase their textbook prior to the first class. The textbook is available at the VCC Downtown Bookstore

Instructor: Keith Nicholson

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20124 DTN Rm. 320A
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1800 - 2100
to 28-May-2019
TBATo be assigned

Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2020 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

WSET Level 1 Award In Wine (WSOM 1501) (WSOM 1501)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $504.84

Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.

Refund Policy and Refund Procedure