WSU Viticulture & Enology


Enology Certificate – What to Expect

Enology Certificate Program

Nine Online Courses

The courses in the Enology Certificate Program are; Wine Production, Wine Chemistry, Winery Equipment, Wine Microbiology, Sensory Evaluation of Wine, V & E Interface, Winery Sanitation, Business Planning and Economics of Starting a Winery, Compliance and Labeling.The program is science based and college chemistry and biology courses are strongly recommended. Participants in Enology are required to write a business plan for a winery.

While it is not possible to make wine during the program, you will observe several stages of the process. You can expect to leave the program with a thorough scientific understanding of the winemaking process, the steps and equipment required, the compliance and labeling required, and a very realistic expectations of the cost of opening a winery. You will also have a full understanding of the sensory components of wine, from fruit to faults.

There are three weekends when your attendance is required. During the first of these ‘Wine Camps’ you will get hands-on experience with lab analyses at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture, Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA with Jim Harbertson and his technical team. During the second camp in Prosser you will get exposure to filtering systems, bottling lines, and meet winemakers in their wineries. The final camp is held on the WSU campus in Pullman, WA. Here you will spend a day in the Microbiology lab with Dr. Charles Edwards and a day in the Sensory Analysis lab with Dr. Carolyn Ross. These camps also provide a great networking opportunity between students to students and students to industry professionals.

While participating in the Enology Certificate Program you will view and listen to online lecture presentations and videos. On a discussion board participants will share information about themselves, discuss topics of their choice, and discuss assignment questions. High-speed Internet is required to access the program.

You will be given the URL to the program that gives you access to syllabi, lectures, lecture notes, pdf’s of lecture slides, journal articles, internet links, exams and course evaluations.

Course length varies with topic, some may be 2-3 months, others require less time. The time allotted for exams is 2 weeks and format varies. The amount of time spent on a course will vary with the content and the participant’s background, but it is estimated that you should plan on spending approximately 10 hours/week on the program. Though there are no prerequisites for the program, however a college-level chemistry class is highly recommended for the Enology Certificate.

World Class Professors- The courses are taught by Viticulture and Enology Professors and Industry Experts; all actively working in their specialty, teaching and conducting research. The program Director is Thomas Henick-Kling, the world-renowned wine researcher and educator. Click on the program schedule for links to each instructor.


The following textbooks will be sent to you prior to the start of the respective courses within each program. The price of the program does not change if you already own any of these books.

Enology Certificate Textbooks:

  • Wine Production Course – Principles and Practices of Winemaking, Roger Boulton, et al
  • Wine Chemistry Course – Chemical Analysis of Grapes and Wine: Techniques and Concepts, Patrick Illand, et al
  • Wine Microbiology – Illustrated Guide to Microbes and Sediments in Wine, Beer and Juice, Charles Edwards
  • Sensory Evaluation – Wine Tasting: A Professional Handbook, Ronald Jackson


Q. Are Financial Aid or Scholarships available for the certificate programs?
No, you will not receive academic credits or pay ‘tuition’ to a state university. You are paying a fee to participate in an Extension program, therefore, Financial Aid and Scholarships are not available.

Q. Can I use VA Benefits to pay for the program?
No, the certificate program is an Extension program which does not offer college credits or lead to a degree, therefore it does not qualify for VA Benefits.

Q. Is the registration fee tax deductible like college tuition?
A. No, for the same reasons as the above two questions, the registration fee does not qualify for a tuition deduction. However, it may qualify as a business education deduction if you have a business. You should talk to a tax accountant regarding the business deduction.

Q. Will I have access to the WSU Library system?
No, for the same reasons as above, however, whenever you want an article from a journal that WSU subscribes to online, the program coordinator can email you a pdf of the article.

Q. Will I get a student card to use for student discounts?
No, student cards are not provided to extension program participants.

Q. How much time should I plan on spending on the program?
The time commitment for the program will vary with each participant depending on background, education and/or winemaking experience. It will vary from a few hours a week to 10 hours a week. It will also vary depending on the course content, with some courses being more demanding than others.

Q. Can I turn in an assignment late?
All assignments have expected due dates, but under extreme circumstances an extension may be requested from the instructor.

Q. I will be traveling during the exam, can I take it early?
No, you cannot take it early, but with advance approval from the instructor you may receive an extension to take it the following week.

Q. How long do I have to take an exam?
Exams are usually open for two weeks. The due dates for assignments and written exams are on the course syllabus. You will be responsible to print out the syllabus and stay on top of due dates.

Q. How long will I be able to view lectures?
All course lectures will remain open throughout the program. Your program homepage will close one month after the end of the last class.


Enology Certificate Refund Policy:

The current cost for the WSU Enology Certificate program is $5,995.00 if paid in full at registration, although we offer a three-payment option of $2,130.00 each for a total of $6,390.00. This includes all fees associated with the split payments. If a participant decides to drop out of the program at any time, they will be subjected to non-refundable fees according to the following structure:

Non-refundable Fee Structure: Non-refundable Amount:*
Cancellations (before start) $200.00
Start to 2 weeks $800.00
>2 weeks – 3 mos. $1,950.00
>3 mos. – 6 mos. $2,600.00
> 6 mos. – 10 mos. $3,200.00
> 10 mos. $3,900.00
>12 months $4,500.00
*Plus cost on textbooks not returned

Click here for more information about the Enology Certificate Wait List

For additional questions contact Certificate Program Coordinator Theresa Beaver, or 509-335-3446.
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