The Edinburgh Whisky Academy, which is fully accredited by the Scottish Qualiﬁcations Authority (SQA), has launched their ﬁrst tier of education. The Academy was speciﬁcally created to ﬁll a gap in Scotch Whisky education and is slowly developing its course offerings.
A further course, The Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky is scheduled to launch in the Spring, more information to come.
Founder and Managing Director Kirsty McKerrow has long been aware of the need for independent qualiﬁcations in the whisky industry.
She said “Our online Introduction to Whisky Certiﬁcate will make independent, high-quality whisky education globally accessible. Like all of our courses, this is awarded and certiﬁed by the SQA so candidates have the option of taking a formal assessment if they wish to achieve this certiﬁcate.’
She continued, “The online Introduction to Whisky Certiﬁcate provides true knowledge and information on the key aspects of Scotch Whisky history and production. It was developed with the close involvement of notable experts within the whisky industry.
“Until now, there was no recognised independent qualiﬁcation delivered online for whisky training. Of great importance is that the knowledge gained is totally impartial and neutral from any distillery or brand. The course will be welcomed by whisky industry workers, hospitality staff and spirits retailers and also by whisky enthusiasts keen to expand their knowledge”
The Academy invites any industry or hospitality group who wants to use the course for their internal training to contact them directly.