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Wine Trade Certificate

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The Wine Trade Professional Certificate Program is a ten week intensive, professional development program. The Wine Trade Professional Certificate is taught on the Central Washington University campus in Ellensburg. Completion of the certificate program prepares students for a variety of careers in the wine industry. Below is an outline of the curriculum.


CourseCreditsClass Name 
GWS 3024Fundamentals of Viticulture andDetails
GWS 3034Major Wine Regions of the WorldDetails
GWS 3044Wine Marketing and BrandingDetails
GWS 4063Professional Wine AnalysisDetails

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Who is it for?

The CWU Wine Trade Professional Certificate Program is designed for individuals seeking a profession in the wine industry. The program is also designed for individuals currently in the wine industry wishing to advance their careers. Participants must be able to attend all sessions and will be expected to put in a considerable amount of time on projects and assignments.


  •     Minimal time spent away from work while completing coursework.
  •     Rapid entry in to the wine industry.
  •     Fundamental knowledge of viticulture and winemaking.
  •     Ability to use professional tasting techniques for wine evaluation.


The total number of applicants admitted may be limited. The following requirements must be met:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • A minimum overall college GPA of 2.5
  • Students must earn a cumulative minimum 2.5 GPA to receive a certificate of completion

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Application Process

Students must complete the pre-admission requirements prior to admission in the certificate program. Students must fill out an application that includes an essay of motivation and goals. Upon approval of the application, an in-person or telephone interview will be conducted between the program advisor and the student. Upon admittance to the program students must agree to sign a written statement regarding professional conduct and responsibility. Students must be 21 years prior to the first day of class.

To print an application packet click here. Applications may be picked up on campus in Barge Hall, Room 204. To request an application packet, call 509-963-1504 or email The completed application will be reviewed by the program advisor. Mail completed applications to:

Central Washington University
Office of Continuing Education
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7433

Financial Obligations

The fee for GWS classes may be higher than regular CWU tuition and is subject to change. Additional fees may also apply. The courses are eligible for student financial aid for matriculated CWU students. Tuition waivers are not allowed.

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