Hello, I have already gotten my intro with CMS done, and plan to take my Advanced in August, But I also just registered for my WSET 1 and plan on taking the second one after that, before my Advanced CMS, Has anyone done this and was it as helpful/ beneficial as I think it will be? I know they focus on some different things, but I feel like just reiterating the topics would be useful for me to commit everything to memory.
WSET seems to be more focused for those in education and retail while CMS is focused on those in the service industry. The great thing about WSET is the structure it provides, while the CMS is self-study. If you need the structure, then it's certainly helpful.
Do you mean you're taking the certified with CMS in August?
Yes i totally meant certified! oops!
and thank you for that info, I do think the structure would help me tremendously, and I actually do both retail and service industry, which is kind of why i'm pursuing both, because I don't really have an end game yet, i don't know what i want to do once i have my certs, so i'm trying to give myself options while obtaining the most knowledge possible.
having just completed certified for the CMS and WSET 3 I can tell you WSET 1 wont be of much use to you as it extremely introductory as is level two for WSET, my advice would be go straight to WSET 2 then 3 after that as the knowledge base for WSET 3 is closer to that of the certified exam. WSET 2 is roughly on par with the CMS intro course
Great thing about WSET is the tasting flight every class, its a great way to calibrate your palate and taste a variety of wines
I would challenge you to look into going straight into WSET Level 3, maybe check out one of the Spring or Fall harvest tours through NVWA in Napa. That’s where I did mine, and I took WSET 3 before anything else. I would stack WSET 3’s knowledge base parallel with Certified’s.
Like others have said, WSET Level 1 is so introductory, you’ll probably find yourself extremely bored (i.e. “okay class, can anyone tell me if Chardonnay is a white or red grape?”). Level 2 is more for the person just getting into the industry, and parallel’s pretty closely to Intro Somm.
In the end, I think the intensive class for Level 3 is structured so well, and the harvest tours are so well laid out with showing you the in depth, behind the scenes work that goes into winemaking and viticulture, that you be very satisfied jumping right into the deep end with useful information that’s a step up from Intro Somm.
I too have done my Certified as well, but the 1st wine related certification I ever did was for the WSET ( I am currently working on my Unit 3 WSET Diploma) They are more education focused but more structured & have more of a guideline you can follow, unlike the CMS which is basically throwing darts in the dark hoping you hit something. What I will say is whatever material you study for for the Advanced or for the WSET will be useful information. The WSET Level 3 is slightly above the Certified CMS due to the fact that part of the exam is essay questions, but it is no where near the information required for the Advanced. Since you already have your Certified I would suggest going to straight to WSET Level 3. Don't waste your time with Level 1 & 2. It'll be too easy & wasted money spent. Hope this helps.