Continuing Education

Continuing Education

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 CCOVI meets the needs of professional development for the grape and wine industry through an array of continuing education courses:


Wine & Spirit Education Trust®

The most highly respected and internationally transferable wine certification available.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
This course provides basic product knowledge and skills in the service of wine to prepare a person for their first job in the hospitality industry, or to upgrade the skills of someone already employed in this industry. This course is also a good introduction to structured wine studies for te wine enthusiast.

Key Deliverables:

  • WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Learn the basics of grape varieties, health, safety and legal issues as well as food and wine pairing.
  • One day course (10:00-4:30 p.m.), check "Course Listings" for dates.
  • Registration fee: $300
  • Includes all course materials, wine and exam.
  • You will earn your Level 1 WSET Certification and lapel pin upon completion.

Restaurants or Groups - the WSET Foundation in Wine is an excellent opportunity to train your staff together and in one day.  Contact Barb Tatarnic at ccovi@brocku.ca to arrange your session.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits                                  

This course is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the hospitality industry.  This course is also appropriate for those not employed in this industry but have a serious interest in wine and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.

Key Deliverables:

  • WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Factors influencing style
  • Key grape varieties as well as key wine and spirit producing regions of the world
  • Sparkling and sweet wines
  • Fortified wines, spirits and liqueurs are evaluated
  • Course starts in April and September during evenings. Duration: 9 weeks, check "Course Listings" for dates.
  • Registration fee: $650
  • Includes all course materials, wine andexam.
  • You will earn your Level 2 WSET Certification and lapel pin upon completion.

WSET Level 2 - On-Line Distance Learning - Award in Wines & Spirits

  • For those not living within driving distance to Brock University wishing to gain certification we are pleased to offer the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits.
  • Check "WSET On-Line Distance Learning" page for start dates.
  • Note that the final examination will take place at CCOVI, Brock University - see "WSET On-Line Distance Learning" page for dates.
  • Registration fee:  $500
  • Includes all course materials and a Level 2 WSET Certificate and lapel pin upon completion.

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits                                        

This course offers in-depth knowledge of a wide range of wines and spirits. It is open to students holding the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or completion of equivalent courses (see WSET Guidelines & Policies for list).  This qualification is ideal for trade employees working in a supervisory capacity, advising management, answering customer queries and making informed selections of wines and spirits in a wide variety of situations. This course is also the next step for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained in Level 2.

  • WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Viticulture and Oenology
  • In-depth study of key wine making regions including both old and new world wine regions.
  • Sparkling and Sweet wines
  • Fortified wines, Spirits and Liqueurs and evaluated
  • Course starts in January (evenings). Duration: 14 weeks, check "Course Listings" for dates.
  • Registration fee: $1,100
  • Includes all course materials, wine and Level 3 WSET Certification and lapel pin upon completion.

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Wine Appreciation
These courses are for the wine enthusiast as well as the industry professional.

Wine Appreciation I - Exploring Varietals

  • A special interest course focused on the tasting of wines from Canada and around the world. Learn and improve your skills at distinguishing among wine varietals such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. This course may be used as a prerequisite for entrance into some Sommelier programs.
  • Course runs in September during evenings. Duration: 12 weeks, check “Course Listings” for dates.
  • Registration fee: $300.

Wine Appreciation II - Explore the Wine Regions of the World

  • A special interest course designed to deepen and refine your wine tasting skills as well as to explore the major wine regions of the world. Discover wines from historic Old World regions as well as the emerging New World. Prerequisite: Wine Appreciation I is preferable.
  • Course runs in January during evenings. Duration: 12 weeks, check “Course Listings” for dates.
  • Registration fee: $325.

Introduction to the Wines of Ontario

  • A special interest course focused on the wines of Ontario - how they are grown and made. Become familiar with VQA wines and the viticultural areas in which they are grown. Upon successful completion students will receive the Wine Council of Ontario Certification. This course may also be used a prerequisite for entrance to some Sommelier programs.
  • Course starts in January during evenings. Duration: 9 weeks, check “Course Listings” for dates.
  • Registration fee: $250.

Certification Program in Wine Sales & Service

  • Insight into the wine consumer, practice the dimensions of quality service and learn how to “sell” wine through facilitation rather than the “hard” sell. This course includes the Excellence in Winery Sales & Service Certificate through the Wine Council of Ontario.
  • Course starts in March during evenings. Duration: 9 weeks, check “Course Listings” for dates.
  • Registration fee: $175.
     

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For your Continuing Education needs, please contact Barb Tatarnic, Manager of Continuing Education at 905-688-5550 ext. 4652 or email her at ccovi@brocku.ca
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