Certified Sake Sommelier | HYBRID COURSE | Secaucus, NJ | October 25-28, 2021



Become a Certified Sake Sommelier! If you work in the food or beverage industry or are a serious sake enthusiast, it’s the perfect time to become a Certified Sake Sommelier. This 3-day training and exam is intense, fun, and extremely educational. It gives you all the knowledge and tools you need to independently speak about sake with confidence.


We are now offering a HYBRID Sake Sommelier Course. Students may choose to take the course in person or online.

Please note the exam must be taken in person at our NJ or CA locations

What is a Hybrid Class?

Our hybrid courses allow for the student to chose to take the course in person OR online. Those taking the hybrid course will all receive live instruction from your educator(s) at the same time. There is a minimum requirement of 5 students attend IN-PERSON. If the minimum is not met, the course will become an online-only class and the in person course will not take place. If you have any questions about our hybrid courses, please contact us at info@sakeschoolofamerica.com

Sake Sommelier (International Kikisake-shi)

Successful candidates will be able to list the principal categories of sake, and state their defining characteristics, and know the key principles involved in the storage and service of sake. They will consequently be in a position to answer customer inquiries and provide recommendations for the service of sake.

In preparation for your upcoming course, students are advised to commit 10-15 hours of independent study using the Master of Sake textbook (cost of textbook included in course fees).

This intensive 3-day sake education course is designed to build upon course material taught in the Sake Adviser course. Students without Sake Adviser qualifications are requested to contact us prior to course enrollment.

You must be age 21 or over to take this course and exam.

Course Date and Time

October 25, 2021 (Hybrid Lecture)

11:00am – 7:00pm ET | 8:00am – 4:00pm PT

October 26, 2021 (Hybrid Lecture)

11:00am – 7:00pm ET | 8:00am – 4:00pm PT

October 27, 2021 (Hybrid Lecture)

11:00am – 7:00pm ET | 8:00am – 4:00pm PT

October 28, 2021 (In Person Exam)

11:30am – 3:30pm ET | 8:30am – 12:30pm PT

Please adjust accordingly for your own time zone.

Course Location

In Person

New York Mutual Trading– 77 Metro Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094


via Zoom (link will be provided prior to course)

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.


Applicants must possess Sake Adviser qualification or have a strong sake or wine background prior to enrollment in the course.

Important Notice

  • You must be age 21 or over to take this course and exam.
  • The exam for this course must be taken in person. You may choose to take the exam on the date above or at a later date (the exam must be taken within 1 year of taking the lecture portion of the course)
  • Online students will receive ZOOM information after registration.
  • HYBRID classes will need a minimum of 5 students to attend IN-PERSON. If the minimum is not met, the course will become an online-only class.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the class two weeks prior to the date of the course if there is an inadequate number of registrants. In the case of a cancellation, your course fee will be reimbursed (minus the cost of course materials) or you may choose to register for a course at a future date.
  • International students are welcome! Samples cannot be shipped outside of the US but a list of suggested tastings will be provided. International students will receive a non-printable PDF or may receive a hard copy for an additional shipping fee.
  • Registration deadline is Friday, October 08, 5pm PT.


October 28, 2021 (In Person Exam)

11:30am – 3:30pm ET | 8:30am – 12:30pm PT

The exam is comprised of 3 parts and covers sake characteristics, production, and blind tasting. Students must pass all 3 sections of the examination in order to achieve the Sake Sommelier qualification.

The content is mainly based on Kikisake-shi, certified by SSI. The questions will be on the sake in the international markets, and its role in places with different cultures and traditions from Japan.

First stage examination
Multiple-choice questions with some writing questions
Expert knowledge on sake
・Basic knowledge of sake and alcoholic beverages in general

Second stage examination
Writing questions  with some multiple-choice questions
・Questions on sake service and sales promotion, and plan proposals using the evaluation of sake based on seasons, flavors, and aromas

Third stage examinatio
Writing questions with tasting and some multiple-choice questions
・Evaluating sake’s qualities, and their uniqueness through tasting

Please note, exams are graded overseas. Students will be notified of exam results by email within 6-8 weeks.

Main Concepts

    • The main techniques that are used in the production of sake and how they influence style and quality
    • Requirements for success as a Kikisake-shi
    • The basics of alcoholic beverages
    • History of sake production
    • Ingredients of sake
    • How sake is produced
    • Sake tasting techniques and analysis
    • Serving sake in the restaurant/hospitality industry
    • Reading sake labels

Instructor: Timothy Sullivan

With his first sip in 2005, Timothy Sullivan simply fell in love with premium Japanese sake.  This inspired him to start the first sake blog in the United States: UrbanSake.com, America’s most popular sake blog & education website. His passion for sake has grown this site into America’s leading resource for sake-related news, events, and education.  In 2007, the Japanese Sake Brewer’s Association awarded Sullivan the title of “Sake Samurai” in recognition of his work to promote sake outside of Japan.

Founder, UrbanSake.com, America’s foremost sake website
2007 Sake Samurai, Japan Sake Brewer’s Association
International Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
JSA Sake Diploma, Japan Sommelier Association
Co-founder, SakeJourneys.com
Official Brand Ambassador, Hakkaisan Sake Brewery

Additional information

Online or In Person?

Online, In Person