Class Policies

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made more than two weeks prior to the start date of the class will receive a 90% refund. Cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of the class will receive a 50% refund. If materials have already been shipped out you must return them unopened and unused to qualify for the refund. Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start date or after the start date of the class will forfeit the entire payment.

Terms & Conditions of Course Enrollment

By registering for a class with the Vermont Wine School (VWC) you acknowledge and agree to the following:

VWC is a consumer-based, private school dedicated to teaching individual consumers about wine for their personal and private enjoyment. VWC does not provide instruction to prepare you for an occupation or career involving wine, or any other occupation or career. Accordingly, you understand that the courses offered by VWC are recreational and are not intended to result in the acquisition of occupational skills.

Nothing in VWC’s advertising and/or promotional materials and/or course materials, including information contained on VWC’s website, is intended to convey anything contrary to the above. You recognize that VWCs use of academic terms such as certificate, course, and diploma are intended to convey the expert level of instruction that VWC provides all of its students and is not, in any way, intended to give the impression that VWC is authorized or permitted to confer a degree, license, or any other credential recognized by any licensing agency within the state of Vermont.

VWC uses WSET course materials in its instruction. You understand that WSET qualifications are part of the UK qualifications framework and are not part of any regulated qualifications framework outside UK. By enrolling in a course at VWC, you are entitled to sit for the corresponding WSET examination within 12 months of the start date for which you registered. If you choose not take the examination in that time period, you may take the examination at a later date. You will, however, be required to pay a fee of an amount to be assessed as of the actual date of the examination. If, for whatever reason, you need to cancel your place in an in-class course or an online course before the course begins, you understand that you will receive a refund of the class fee, less a 10% cancellation fee. If VWC has sent a materials kit to you, you must return that kit to VWC, complete and unused, to receive credit. Registration and shipping fees are not refundable. You understand that if you cancel after an in-class or an online course begins, no refunds apply. Certain qualifications may apply.

Enforceability and Governing Law

If any of the terms or provisions of these Terms and Conditions is held by a court to be unenforceable, the remaining terms and provisions will remain in force. The unenforceable term or provision will be replaced by an enforceable term or provision that comes closest to the intention underlying the unenforceable term or provision. These Terms and Conditions are subject to all agreements you have entered with International Wine Center. The terms of this disclaimer are governed by the laws of the State of Vermont.

Any action against VWC arising from the provisions of these Terms and Conditions must be brought by you in state or federal court located in the State of Vermont, County of Chittenden. You consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located within State of Vermont, County of Chittenden, for the adjudication of all claims by VWC against you arising from or relating to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions.

VWC is not liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages that you may incur by relying upon information conveyed about or by VWC or WSET. This includes, for example, lost profits, lost business, or loss of business opportunity. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the total liability, in the aggregate, of VWC and anyone acting on behalf of VWC (including its sub-contractors), to you and/or anyone making a claim on your behalf, is limited to the enrollment fee you paid to attend the course from which your alleged claim or claims arise. This includes any claim for attorneys’ fees and costs and expert witness fees and costs.