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The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) provides globally recognized education and qualifications in wines, spirits, and sake, for professionals and enthusiasts. They have many branches around the world, including the Philippines, which is the WSET Manila. There are several online wine classes from different schools to choose from.

One of the schools, Enderun Extension, offers online certificate wine courses on WSET Level 1 Award in Wines and WSET Level 2 Award in Wines. Students who take this course will be prepared for the online exams scheduled throughout the year.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many schools closed and started going online instead to avoid the risk of the virus spreading further. Although students can currently take most WSET courses online, this new reality makes it more advantageous for professionals in the wine industry who otherwise would not have had the time to take a WSET course in the classroom. With online WSET courses, both current and aspiring wine professionals can earn their globally recognized certification despite their busy schedules.

Recent research from WSET Global shows the comparison between online versus classroom learning satisfaction levels, highlighting convenience as one of the main advantages and benefits of taking a WSET course online. Many students value flexibility, which allows them to fit their study time around their professional responsibilities. The online course is excellent since it is self-paced learning. This education system does not require students to attend live classes, and they can access the materials at any time that works best for them. This system is one of the advantages and benefits that the traditional education system cannot beat.

Another advantage and benefit is comfort, which goes hand-in-hand with convenience. Because it is all online, there is no need to take public transportation to get to campus, no need to spend money on gas to drive, no need to wake up early, and the list goes on. In short, it’s easier to maintain a healthy work-study-life balance.

Given how flexible and effective online learning is during this time, busy wine professionals now have another way to earn their WSET certification. If you have always wanted to become certified and boost your resume as wine professional, but your schedule prohibited you from attending face-to-face sessions, online WSET courses are your best bet to finally get your certification.