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Become Whisky wise with our accredited diplomas

Our three diplomas – which are fully accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority – are designed for those seeking a comprehensive understanding of whisky, including its history and traditions, production process, maturation and the rather pleasant business of tasting and swallowing it. People wanting to know, for example, that when it comes to flavour, the shape of the still is more important than the type of barley or the water source. Or that whisky matured in a toasted cask will be sweeter than one in a charred cask (it’s all to do with vanillins, by the way).

Boost your career

The courses we offer are: the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky ( 2 days), Introduction to Whisky Certificate (online) and the Diploma in Gin ( 1 day).  Participants will leave with a potentially career-enhancing professional qualification. All are welcome but they are particularly suitable for:

● Brand managers and ambassadors ● Whisky professionals ● Whisky bloggers and writers ● Hospitality professionals ● Spirits retailers ● Serious whisky enthusiasts ● Distillery guides

Please don’t forget that our diplomas are transferable, too, and they make a highly original gift for friends, family and business colleagues!


Key facts:

  • All courses are accredited by SQA, Scotland’s national qualifications body.
  • They are written and taught by top industry experts.
  • They require preparatory reading and you will sit an exam.
  • They take place at Arniston House, near Edinburgh.
  • (For groups they can be delivered at your place of work or another venue of your choice.)
  • There is a maximum of 20 students per course.
  • They make a highly original gift for friends, family and business colleagues.