The New Zealand School of Food & Wine has announced the launch of two new wine qualifications.

The NZ Certificate in Professional Wine Knowledge Level 5 and the NZ Diploma of Wine Management Level 6 will be available as both full-time or part-time programmes with some remote learning options for people living outside of Auckland.

Both qualifications embed the WSET Level 2 and 3 Award in Wine and the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits.

New Zealand residents will be eligible for student loans and allowances and free fees if they meet the criteria.

“We are thrilled to announce two new NZQA qualifications that are set to transform education about wine and beverages in New Zealand,” says Celia Hay, Director of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine.

“The focus is on building knowledge of New Zealand and international wine regions through tasting and research and at the same time consider how successful regions manage their tourism and food and wine experiences.

“There is much to learn from understanding what makes a wine region successful and famous as a destination to visit.

“We see this knowledge as being important and extremely helpful to build our own New Zealand Wine destinations and enhance their visitor experience,” says Hay.

The qualifications will also look at the business side of running wineries and restaurants and graduates will develop confidence to use digital marketing applications, understand  promotional and sales platforms and techniques.

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