Sake Courses

The International Kikisake-shi/ Master of Sake Course

The International Kikisake-shi / Master of Sake course is available to anyone at any level.  Enthusiasts, amateurs, professionals, wine sommeliers, etc. are all welcome!

The course is classroom-based, limited to twenty places only and will be running up to four times a year. It consists of four sessions of learning and one session for the exam.

As well as individuals we also do group bookings so if your company wishes to book the course exclusively (twenty people minimum), we could bring the course to you and run the course from your facility and/or complete the curriculum over a period of days, weeks or months to meet your business needs.

During the three-lesson course, students will learn about:

  • Sake history, stories and culture
  • Theoretical concepts behind sake including: ingredients, production and classification
  • Gain hands on experience through practical tasting of many types and styles of sake
  • Sake labels and how to serve sake
  • Take a final examination

Qualification test overview


Part 1 Written Test・Requirements for Success as a Kikisake-shi ・Alcoholic Beverages: The Basics ・Sake History
Part 2 Written Test・Ingredients of Sake ・How Sake is Made ・Sake Labels
Part 3Tasting & Written Test・Tasting Sake as a Master of Sake ・Classification of Sake ・Serving Sake


The course costs £500.00 per person.

This fee covers:

  • 3 classroom-based classes
  • SSI International’s official textbook
  • Additional study material and tasting instructions
  • Tasting glasses
  • Examination fee
  • Registration fee

The amount must be paid in full prior to starting the course.

Once you have completed and passed the examination, you will be registered with SSI. You will then receive your certificate and badge from SSI. You can wear them or display at your restaurant or store, with pride.

Please contact us if you have any further enquiries and to obtain an application form