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College of Education and Professional Studies

Wine Certifications

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Who is is it for?

The CWU Wine Certification 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.

Benefits

  • Minimal time spent away from work while completing coursework
  • Rapid entry into the wine industry
  • Fundamental knowledge of wine industry-specific topics
  • Ability to use professional tasting techniques for wine evaluation

Eligibility

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

  • Be 18 years of age or older prior to the first day of class
  • A minimum overall college GPA of 2.5
  • Students must earn a cumulative minimum 2.5 GPA to recieve a certificate of completion

Application Process

To print an application, click here.

Upon approval of the application, an 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. 

Applicaions may be picked up on campus in Michaelsen Hall, room 100. Direct all program inquiries to jill.perilloclark@cwu.edu. The competed applications will be reviewed by the program advisor. Scan and email completed application to jill.perilloclark@cwu.edu

 

Tasting Room Management 

Description

The Wine Studies Tasting Room Management Certificate prepares students to meet the strategic needs of tasting room managers. This certificate is designed for those who are interested in identifying and refining best practices for retail tasting room operations. This certificate can also benefit those actively employed in the wine industry who are looking to increase their effectiveness. Topics covered include social media marketing, customer retention, shipping/related legal compliance, and direct to consumer sales strategies.

Courses

Course Class Name Credits
WINE 304 Wine Marketing and Branding 4
WINE 332 Social Media Theory and Practice  4
WINE 353 Tasting Room and Wine Club Management 4
WINE 404 Wine Law and Winery Compliance 4

 

For more information about this certificate, click here.

 

Winery Event Design Certificate

Description

The Winery Event Design Certificate prepares students to meet the needs of the growing wine industry. This certification is designed for those who are interested in creating, designing, and managing events and wineries. This certification can also benefit those actively employed in the wine industry who are looking to increase their effectiveness. Topics covered include wine service techniques, food and wine pairing, festival and event management, as well as an overview of local winery venues and event facilities. 

Courses

Course Class Name Credits
HTE 374 Festivals 5
HTE 405 Hospitality Catering 3
WINE 201 Wine Service and Food Pairing 4
WINE 315 Survey of Washington Wines 4

 

For more information about this certificate, click here.

 

Wine Trade Professional Certificate

Description

This certificate program focuses on the business and trade aspects of the wine industry. Topics covered include the business of wine, world wine regions, trade structures, wine marketing, wine merchandising, viticulture, winemaking, wine styles, and professional evaluation techniques. Graduates are prepared for wine-related careers in sales and merchandising, distribution, marketing, import/export, consulting, hospitality, and more.

Courses

Course Class Name Credits
WINE 302 Fundamentals of Viticulture and Enology 4
WINE 303 Major Wine Regions of the World 4
WINE 304 Wine Marketing and Branding 4
WINE 406 Professional Wine Analysis 3

 

For more information about this certificate, click here.

 

More Information:

For questions or further information, email Jill Clark or call (509)963-1969

 

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