A comprehensive knowledge about the subtleties of wine and spirits is both an art and a science – and it’s an essential element of a career in the hospitality and culinary industries.

Now, Humber’s School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism is able to offer professional accreditation in basic and intermediate wine and spirit knowledge with a designation from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) as an approved program provider.

The WSET, which is based in London, England, provides high quality education and training in wines and spirits around the world. It’s the primary international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications.

“This is a very exciting initiative for our school,” explains Ramesh Srinivasan, program co-ordinator for both the Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management graduate certificate program, and Bachelor of Commerce Hospitality and Tourism Management degree program. “I’m thrilled that we are able to provide best-in-class wine education to our students.”

Program offerings include Level 1 and 2 in Wines and Spirits, with additional levels to be available in the future. The courses will become available to the general public as continuing education classes starting in 2016.

“We are honoured to have received certification from WSET to offer wine and spirit educational programs to the public,” says Susan Somerville, dean of the School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism. “To have the stamp of approval from a global organization with such a high reputation means so much to us."

Go to the WSET website to find out more about wine education at Humber.