WSU Viticulture & Enology


Enology Certificate

Quick Facts

Cost – $5,995 if paid in full, $6,390 if paid in 3 installments of $2,130 each.
Length – 20 months, starting every May

What to Expect

The 10 online 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, and Winery Marketing.The program is science based and college chemistry and biology courses are strongly recommendedClick here for program schedule.

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 Wine Science Center in Richland, WA with Jim Harbertson and his technical team. During the second camp, also at the Wine Science Center, 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, 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.


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, you will be provided an online subscription to the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.

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.

Click here for information about the Enology Certificate Wait List

Enology Certificate Refund Policy:

Non-refundable Fee Structure: Non-refundable Amount:
Cancellation (before April 15) $200.00
April 15  to April 30 $800.00
May 1 – September 1 $2,130.00
September 2 – March 1 $4,260.00
> March 2 of 2nd year $6,390.00

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