International Kikisake-shi (Sake Sommelier / Specialist)

Course Fees

MYR3980  nett per person

What you get and what is included:

  • International Kikisake-shi - Study Pack (Workbook + Textbook)
  • Samples for tasting during curriculum
  • One sitting of examination (subsequent re-sits chargeable)

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About this course:

Aiming at nurturing human resources capable of promoting adequate knowledge of Japanese alcoholic beverages to consumers of various countries, we implement qualification tests and certify those who meet our standards as INTERNATIONAL KIKISAKE-SHI (Sake Sommelier / Specialist).

Course objective:

The objective of the International Kikisake-shi course is to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the art of sake. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deep understanding of the history, production methods, and sensory evaluation of sake. Students will also be able to effectively communicate the complex nuances of sake to others, as well as make informed decisions when selecting and pairing sake with various cuisines.

By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become experts in the field of sake, and to share their passion and knowledge with others in a professional setting.

Course Outline:

The International Kikisake-shi course covers:

•Introduction to the different types of Alcoholic Beverages
•History of Sake
•Raw material / Ingredients that make Sake
•Production process of Sake
•How to taste Sake
•Serving of Sake
•Etiquette of Sake
•Ritual of Sake
•Understanding of Sake Labels
•How to promote Sake ​


16 hours (2 days), examination on schedule

Course assessment:

Done in three parts with 3 Papers.

Paper 1 : Covers fundamentals of food and beverages including alcoholic beverages (MC with Short Written Question)
Paper 2 : Covers Sake production and the development of sales promotion (MC with Short Written Question)
Paper 3 :  Covers drafting of tasting notes, and service knowledge (Blind tasting with Short Written Questions)

70% correct to pass.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this qualification; You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting.


Upon successful completion successful Kikisake-shi will be granted a certificate and certification badge from SSI INT’L.

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