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Introduction to Whisky Certificate

The Introduction to Whisky Certificate is our first online educational journey covering the fundamentals of whisky. Compiled by industry experts, allowing you access to their insight and knowledge - online, in your own time, where and when suits you.

Awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, our Introduction to Whisky Certificate offers a totally new approach to learn about and explore whisky at a foundational level.  With around ten hours of online study, this is an efficient and engaging way to access excellent materials and expertise to enhance your own whisky knowledge, or those in your team.

The Certificate covers key aspects of whisky education, knowledge and process.  These are the Story of Whisky; Whisky Today; What makes Whisky; How Whisky is made (Single Malt, Grain Whisky and Blended Whisky); Why wood and time are so important (including warehousing) and the final product. Ideal for those looking to expand their interest in the whisky world further, boost staff knowledge or simply start their own whisky learning journey, this course offers something for everyone.  

For those in the hospitality or whisky industry, this is an easily accessible and cost-effective way to fine tune staff training and development from a highly credible and reputable provider.


Course length: approximately 10 hours online study time

Who is it aimed at? Bar Staff, Distillery Visitor Centre Guides, Satelite Distributors and Whisky Enthusiasts who are starting their whisky education journey.

Other information: This Certificate is formally assessed.  Upon completion of the course you will be required to book a time at your nearest exam centre.  We use Prometric, who have centres in over 160 countries.  There will be an additional cost for booking your exam.  This cost can vary due to the location of your centre, however, on average it is approx €115.