Certified Sake Adviser | ONLINE COURSE | August 7, 2024: English


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Take your sake education to the next level and get certified as a Sake Adviser. Our course is open to hospitality industry professionals as well as serious sake enthusiasts. Students are introduced to sake through lecture, hands-on tastings, and small group discussion opportunities. Learn the history of sake, key ingredients, sake tasting techniques, and how sake is classified. During this 2 day course, you’ll taste and examine over a dozen sake as an introduction to different sake varieties.

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Sake Adviser

Prepare yourself for a career in the restaurant, beverage, or food industry with our Certified Sake Adviser course. This course provides the fundamental background knowledge on sake production, history, and types. Students will gain the ability to speak about basic varieties of sake, including popular brands, with confidence.

Note: Students who have obtained Certified Sake Adviser are eligible to enroll in our advanced sake certification course, Certified Sake Sommelier.

Course Date and Time

August 7, 2024: 12:00pm – 8:00pm ET | 9:00am – 5:00pm PT

Online Exam Date: August 14th, 2024 4:00pm – 5:00pm ET | 1:00pm-2:00pm PT

Please adjust accordingly for your own timezone.

Along with the online sake lecture and instructions, students will experience 15 sake samples guided by the instructor to illustrate the variety of key sake styles.

If you are nearby Los Angeles, you can pick up your sake samples in person at:
Miyako Sushi & Washoku School

843 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
If you are outside of the Metropolitan Los Angeles area, the sake tasting can be shipped to you.

After your registration is completed, be sure to be in contact with Sake School of America administration to arrange your sake sample delivery.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Important Notice

  • You must be age 21 or over to take this course and exam.
  • Registration will close when the course reaches capacity or the enrollment deadline (July 24, 2024) has passed. Please be advised, late registration may incur additional charges for textbook rush order shipment fees.
  • Students will receive ZOOM information after registration.


Wednesday, August 14, 2024

  • Online Exam: 4:00pm – 5:00pm ET | 1:00pm-2:00pm PT

The 1-hour exam is comprised of 100 multiple choice questions covering the textbook and lecture content. Blind tasting exam is not included at the Sake Adviser level.

Note: The examination requires a minimum mark of 75% to pass.

Main Concepts

    • The history of sake in Japan
    • Sake ingredients and brewing processes
    • Sake terminology and reading sake production labels
    • The principles behind the storage, selection, and service of sake
    • Overview of sake tasting and analysis

Study Support

  • All students will receive a review guide for course preparation support. We encourage students to contact us in advance of the course if they have questions about their course materials.


Instructor: Russell King

Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET)
Sake Diploma, Japan Sommelier Association (JSA)
Advance Sake Professional, Sake Education Council (SEC)
Shochu Adviser, Sake School of America (SSA)

Russ King worked at Microsoft for over 26 years before co-founding Hannyatou sake bar in Seattle. His passion for Japanese sake was born in his pursuit to learn Japanese. To learn the language he spent time learning about the culture and history of Japan. Food was his hook, he staged in a couple of restaurants in Japan, and became interested in Japanese pickles. Miso led to Koji and Koji was the gateway to sake.
He worked at New York Mutual Trading Company (MTC) as a Japanese beverage specialist. MTC has a large sake portfolio and he represented those products to distributors in the NE region of the US.
A self professed Sake Geek he holds the following Sake certifications: WSET Level 3 Award in Sake; JSA Sake Diploma; SEC Advanced Sake Professional; and WSET Educator in Sake; and Sake Scholar.