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Double up on the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky at the Port of Leith Distillery (11 & 12 July 2024). When you gift a place, you get a place for free!

Book with the code GIFTONEGETONE before midnight on Sunday 16 June 2024. 

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Invest in Your Team, Reap the Rewards

Elevate Your Business with Edinburgh Whisky Academy's SQA-Approved Training Solutions

In today’s competitive whisky industry, every customer interaction counts. Whether you’re a distillery, a retailer or a hospitality venue, the expertise and enthusiasm of your staff can make all the difference. And yet, with tight budgets, training is often seen as a luxury.

Discover how we can help you rethink this perspective.

5 Reasons Why Our Training Solutions Are a Smart Investment

1. Raise the bar for whisky knowledge across your company

Edinburgh Whisky Academy offers a range of courses designed to accommodate all levels of whisky knowledge, from beginners to advanced enthusiasts. Our modular training structure allows you to select courses that match the current knowledge level of each staff member, ensuring everyone receives the appropriate level of education.

2. Bring staff together with cross-team learning opportunities

Whether you’re in Marketing, Finance, Sales or Operations, our courses are a perfect opportunity for your employees to come together for a shared learning experience that encourages a common language. Our training solutions are flexible and designed to be integrated into various organisational structures. Additionally, our courses cover a wide range of topics relevant to different roles within the whisky industry, from production to customer service, ensuring that all departments can benefit from our training.

3. Save time and money by investing in our expertise

While internal experts are invaluable, they are busy. Save time with structured training from Edinburgh Whisky Academy ensures that all staff receive consistent and standardised knowledge. Our courses are developed and taught by industry leaders, offering the latest insights and techniques. Additionally, our SQA-Approved certification adds a formal qualification to your staff's expertise, enhancing their credibility and professional development.

4. Complement and enhance your existing training offer

Edinburgh Whisky Academy specialises exclusively in whisky. Our courses are SQA-Approved and delve deeply into the specifics of whisky, covering aspects such as production techniques, cask variations and sensory analysis in greater detail. This specialised focus can complement and enhance existing foundational knowledge, providing your staff with a fully comprehensive understanding of whisky.

5. Utilise ongoing support network and alumni engagement

To maintain momentum, Edinburgh Whisky Academy offers ongoing support and resources beyond the initial training. Our courses are designed to be engaging and interactive, with practical applications that keep staff interested and invested. We also provide follow-up materials, refresher courses, and advanced modules to keep the learning process continuous and dynamic. This sustained engagement helps ensure that the training remains impactful and beneficial over the long term.

By prioritising training, you can:

Empower Your Staff with EWA Qualifications

At Edinburgh Whisky Academy, we offer SQA-Accredited training solutions designed specifically for the whisky industry. Our flexible courses are tailored to meet the unique needs of various customer-facing roles, ensuring your staff are not only knowledgeable but also passionate about what they do.

Certificates

Certificate in Scotch Whisky

🔴 Intermediate Level Online Course

Overview​:
The History of Scotch Whisky​ ▫️ The Business of Scotch Whisky​ ▫️ Raw Materials​ ▫️ Production Process​ ▫️ Batch Distillation​ ▫️ Grain Distillation ​▫️ Maturation ​▫️ Blending​ ▫️ Bottling

​Exam:
Final assessment is made up of 50 multiple choice questions.​​

Recommended For: ​
Whisky Enthusiasts, Hospitality & Bar Associates, Trade Sales Team, Trade Distillery Team, Trade Marketing Team, Trade Experience Team​

Certificate in Irish Whiskey

💚 Intermediate Level Online Course

Overview:​
Irish Whiskey History​ ▫️ The Business of Irish Whiskey​ ▫️ Production Process​ ▫️ Pot Still Production ​▫️ Maturation​ ▫️ Blended Irish Whiskey​ ▫️ Bottling & Labelling ​▫️ Sensory Analysis​

​Exam:
Final assessment is made up of 50 multiple choice questions.​

Recommended For: ​
Irish Whiskey Enthusiasts & Producers, Hospitality & Bar Associates, Trade Sales Team, Trade Distillery Team, Trade Marketing Team, Trade Experience Team​

Certificate in Gin

🔷 Intermediate Level Online Course

Overview:​
The History of Gin​ ▫️ Gin Now​ ▫️ Definitions & Styles of Gin​ ▫️ Distillation​ ▫️ Botanicals​ ▫️ Gin Tasting​ ▫️ Gin Cocktails​

Exam:
Final assessment is made up of 50 multiple choice questions.​

Recommended For: ​
Gin Producers & enthusiasts, Hospitality & Bar associates, Trade Sales Team, Trade Distillery Team, Trade Marketing Team, Trade Experience Team​

Diplomas

Diploma in Single Malt Whisky

⚫ Advanced Level Course (online or in-person)

Overview: ​
The History of Whisky & Distillation​ ▫️ The Business of Whisky​ ▫️ Raw Materials​ ▫️ Batch Distillation​ ▫️ Maturation ​▫️ Sensory​ ▫️ World Whiskies

​Exam:
The final assessment is made up of 200+ multiple-choice questions alongside a blind-tasting module. Delegates will have 2 hours to complete. The exam will be invigilated. ​

Pass Criteria:
You must receive above a 60% pass rate on each of the 7 modules​.

Recommended For: ​
Whisky Enthusiasts, Hospitality & Bar Associates, Trade Sales Team, Trade Distillery Team, Trade Marketing Team, Trade Experience Team, Operations​

Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky

⚫️ Advanced Level Course (in-person only)

Overview:​
Overview of the Scotch Whisky Production Process​ ▫️ Multi-Sensory Experience​ ▫️ Influence of Oak​ ▫️ The Anatomy & Physiology of the Olfactory System​ ▫️ Flavour Development​

Exam:
The final assessment is a 45 minute invigilated exam.​

Pass Criteria:
You must receive above a 60% pass rate in modules 3-5.​

Recommended For: ​
Trade Sales Team, Trade Distillery Team, Trade Marketing Team, Trade Experience Team​

Bespoke Solutions

A White-label Online Training Platform

💡 Our Accredited Courses, Plus Your Content

Overview:
Combine our education courses with your brand story and key messages to deliver a fully integrated training solution.​

Recommended For: ​
Companies looking to create a one-stop training solution, combining company & brand induction with a recognised whisky training program.​

Diploma Courses Delivered On-site

🏘 Our Accredited Courses, At Your Place of Work

Overview:
We can travel to your distillery or place of work to deliver private courses to your team, creating maximum efficiency for your time rand training budget.

Recommended For:
Companies who have at least 8 staff members ready to pursue studies up to the Edinburgh Whisky Academy Diploma standard.

What Are the Benefits to Your Business?

Join the Leaders in Certified Whisky Education

Don’t let tight budgets hold back your business potential. Embrace the counter-intuitive truth that investing in your team, especially during challenging times, can lead to greater rewards. With Edinburgh Whisky Academy’s SQA-Accredited training solutions, you can transform your staff into passionate ambassadors for your brand.

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