ICHM’s wine program is being taken to a new level through a partnership with TAFESA an Approved Program Provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), UK.
ICHM’s Principal Dr George Brown says that ICHM is delighted to be collaborating with TAFESA who has been successfully delivering WSET courses in South Australia since 2011 in response to industry demand for graduates holding the globally recognised WSET qualifications.
WSET is the largest provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications in the world, and has led the design and delivery of wine and spirit education for five decades.
Starting next semester, ICHM students who successfully complete the examination will receive WSET Level 1 Certification, along with a WSET lapel pin.
WSET’s qualifications in the areas of wine, spirits and sake are recognised globally, with all qualifications regulated by the UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
The qualification is being offered in conjunction with WSET’s approved South Australian provider, TAFESA.
‘ICHM has worked with TAFESA on a range of projects for more than 25 years, and I am very pleased to begin this new partnership’, says Dr Brown.
Widely regarded ICHM wine lecturer Jane Paull, an approved and accredited WSET educator, will be delivering the sessions.
According to Dr Brown the importance of the WSET qualification to ICHM students cannot be underestimated.
‘The global wine market is expected to be valued at over $600 billion dollars by 2023, with a compounded annual growth of 5.8%. Since inception ICHM has had had a strong curriculum in the area of wine and wine/food pairing, and this new initiative will significantly improve our coverage of global trends and set our students up with a strong, contemporary knowledge of this burgeoning industry’, says Dr Brown.
Following on from WSET’s Level 1 Award in Wines, ICHM will be looking to offer Level 2 and 3 in future semesters.