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Stronger, Together.

Registration for the exam centres is now closed. For the opportunity to attend a WSET Spirits course in the future please contact your local Pernod Ricard Sweden Representative.

Pernod Ricard Sweden has pledged its support to bartenders hit by the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, by partnering with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to offer Level 1 Award in Spirits courses online for free. A 500.000 SEK industry scholarship will give the opportunity for 220 Swedish based bartenders to internationally certify their spirits knowledge and skills.


Exam Date: Tue 23rd June
Exam Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Details TBC


Exam Date: Wed 24th June
Exam Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Details TBC


Exam Date: Thu 25th June
Exam Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Details TBC


Exam Date: Fri 26th June
Exam Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Details TBC

Meet the team

Our renowned team of brand ambassadors will accompany the WSET Level 1 Spirits course with live online tastings and product information sessions to help make your WSET journey as interactive as possible!

Gerard Higgins (WSETdip)

Gerard Higgins (WSETdip) is a sommelier and wine an spirits educator from Sydney Australia. With background in high end fine dining and wine-specialized restaurants in Australia, he will be teaching WSET tasting technique.

Kevin O’Neil

Kev is our Irish Whiskey Ambassador in the Swedish market. He has previously been stationed in both Jakarta, Indonesia and at the Irish distillers Headquarters in Dublin. He will be hosting an Irish whiskey workshop. Sláinte!

Björn Kjellberg

Björn Kjellberg has enjoyed a 19 year career in the Swedish Industry, having worked at several of the country's most prized cocktail bars and restaurants. He will be leading workshops on tequila and Gin.

Vilda Forsén

Vilda is our Absolut Brand Ambassador and has a creative background in design and marketing. Vilda’s workshop will focus on Absolut Vodka and marketing in regard to spirits.

Olof Noreus

Olof is our highly regarded dark spirits ambassador with many years of experience in the industry. He has worked bars across Scotland, Canada and Ireland and will be leading workshops on whiskey, rum and brandy.

What is WSET Level 1 in Spirits?

WSET's Level 1 Award in Spirits is a beginner level qualification and the ideal starting point for the novice spirits enthusiast, or those working with spirits.

This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a range of spirits or those seeking to build an introductory knowledge. It is a hands-on course that will guide the candidate using sight, smell and taste, through the world’s key spirit categories and production methods. The course is designed to introduce spirits in an interactive, structured and concise manner. Candidates will also learn how to taste spirits using a systematic approach.

Successful candidates will receive a WSET issued certificate and lapel pin that is internationally recognised.

What will you learn?

  • • The basic principles of spirit production
  • • The main types and styles of spirits
  • • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • • Tutored tastings of 6 of Pernod Ricard’s leading spirits (supplied)
  • • Instruction and demonstration regarding how to serve spirits
  • • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

Required Contact Hours

The WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits qualification has a minimum requirement of 5.25 hours of delivery time with an accredited WSET course provider. Course access will be granted via WSET’s online teaching platform ‘Canvas’ and is a self contained course.

Additional tuition will be supplied by Pernod Ricard Sweden's Brand Ambassador team who will be available for the duration of the course.


The WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits qualification is assessed via an in-person 45min closed-book examination comprised of 30 multiple-choice questions.

On successful completion of the examination candidates will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin that are internationally recognised.

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