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Remarks: This course has included the SSI Kikisake-shi International Exam and Certificate Fee; Total 16 hours course time, around 20 tasting samples

SSI kikisake-shi International Course

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Course Introduction


SSI International conducts research on alcoholic beverages with a main focus on methods of providing Japanese alcoholic beverages, Sake and Shochu, to the world. Through educational campaigns, we aim to diffuse and expand Japanese sake and food culture internationally and to support, inherit, and develop relevant industries.

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/SOMMELIERE).

Highly recommended for:

  • People who sell sake to consumers of various countries
  • People who give lectures on sake to consumers of various countries
  • People who struggle with the Japanese language but would love to learn about sake in another language

International Kikisake-shi Course Introduction

Established in 1991, Kikisake-shi course is the professional certification for Japanese sake service providers and salesperson, now there are more than 40,000 people holding this qualification.

International Kikisake-shi course was set up in 2012, available in English, Korean, French and Chinese, it provides professional training for Japanese sake service providers, salesperson and sake enthusiasts outside Japan.

Our academy started this course in 2014, we are the first organisation to provide this course in Hong Kong.

International Kikisake-shi certification is suitable for the following individuals:

People who promote and sell sake, People who would like to learn about sake but do not speak the language, all sake enthusiasts, etc.

The 7 requirements & characteristics of International Kikisake-shi:

  1. Insightfulness: The skill to see through consumer’s needs.
  2. Love for hospitality: Hospitality towards customers.
  3. Knowledge of the product’s characteristics: Thorough knowledge of sake as well as other food and beverages.
  4. Understanding the true meaning of eating and drinking: The knowledge of the effects food and beverages have on the body.
  5. Expertise in sake: International Kikisake-shi should have more knowledge than consumers regarding sake.
  6. Skills and techniques: Sake tasting skills and service techniques.
  7. Ability to make proposals: The ability to make plans and proposals for consumers using a language other than Japanese with the above qualities.

Course Outline

~ Conditions of a successful Kikisake-shi

~ Basic Knowledge of alcoholic beverages

~ The 4 main types of sake

~ Sake ingredients & production

~ Sake history

~ Sake label

~ Sake servicing

~ Sake promotion campaign

~ Sake tasting


 Semester Time / Venue Tutor

10 Jul - 14 Aug 2024

5 Sessions (Every Wed, except 24/7)

19:00 - 22:00

HKWA -- 1/F, Everglory Centre, 1B Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Benny Lee

13 Jul - 10 Aug 2024

4 Sessions (Every Sat, except 3/8) <English Class>

13:30 - 17:30


Sake Bar CHU-CHU - 25/F, Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay

Micky Chan

22 Aug - 26 Sep 2024

5 Sessions (Every Thu, except 5 Sep)

19:00 - 22:00

HKWA -- 1/F, Everglory Centre, 1B Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Benny Lee

24 Aug - 14 Sep 2024

4 Sessions (Every Sat)

14:00 - 18:00

HKWA -- 1/F, Everglory Centre, 1B Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Benny Lee

Course will be conducted in Cantonese, with Traditional Chinese study materials and exam. English version is available on request.


 Exam Style Time Coverage

Paper 1 - 1st Exam


50 Mins

Knowledge of alcoholic beverages and sake

Paper 2 - 2nd Exam


50 Mins

Sake sales & promotion plan formulation

Paper 3 -  3rd Exam

Tasting & Written 50 Mins Sake tasting & knowledge of servicing


 Date Time Last Enrolment Date

20 Jul 2024 (Sat)

10:00 - 13:00

4 Jul 2024

18 Aug 2024 (Sun)

10:00 - 13:00

1 Aug 2024

13 Oct 2024 (Sun)

10:00 - 13:00

26 Sep 2024

Tuition Discount

Details Terms

Early Bird Discount
- HK$400

Successful enrolment at least 2 weeks before class commence

Group Discount
- 9%

- 3 or more registered for the same course together
(Add 3 quantity of the course and enter discount code: GROUP9%OFF during checkout)


Refund Policy

All fee and expenses are not refundable after order confirmation. If you need to refund for a specific reason before course commence, please provide relevant proof and contact us by email at

Adverse Weather Policy

If Typhoon Signal No. 8 or Black Rainstorm Warning is in force after 7:00 a.m. - the morning events that starts before 2:00 p.m. will be cancelled 11:00 a.m. - the afternoon event that starts between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. will be cancelled. 4:00 p.m. - the event that starts from 6:00 p.m. will be cancelled. The academy will re-schedule the event. If participants cannot join the event on the re-scheduled date, event fee will be refunded. When Typhoon Signal No.8 or above is hoisted during the event, the event must be terminated immediately and the Academy will arrange all participants to leave the venue. When Black Rainstorm Warning is in force, all participants of the event are advised to stay where they are until the warning signal is lowered.

Who are your instructors?

All our WSET® course lecturers had undergone the WSET® Educator Training Program, and only Certified WSET® Educators will teach courses above the Foundation level. Guided tasting courses are led by tutors with specific experience.

What is the class size?

Our maximum class size:

Level 1:22 人

Level 2: 14 人

Level 3: 14 人

Absent Arrangement

We will try to arrange you to fit into another class of the same course to make up for the absent class. However according to the class size, wine tasting samples may be allocated at last priority. For better preparation, please let us know your absent arrangement as soon as possible.

Why Hong Kong Wine Academy?

Quality, Independent, and Commitment is our motto.

Hong Kong Wine Academy is independent from wine trade and committed to offer high quality wine courses at reasonable price. All our WSET® course lecturers had undergone the WSET® Educator Training Program, and only Certified WSET® Educators will teach courses above the Foundation level. A single lecturer is assigned to follow the whole course for consistency. Also wine samples are carefully selected to reflect specific requirements of different courses.

What is the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET® )?

WSET® was founded in UK in 1969 to promote, provide and develop high quality education and training in wine and spirit industry. Since then, WSET® has grown into the foremost international awarding body in the field of wines and spirits. Recently, there are increasing number of consumers and enthusiasts attending the WSET® courses with the desire to enhance their knowledge. Hong Kong Wine Academy is a WSET® Approved Program Provider and is authorized to offer WSET® courses.

Are there any prerequisites for taking the WSET® courses?

No. However, we recommend those who intend to take the Intermediate Certificate course should have basic knowledge in wine and spirit, and those who intend to take the Advanced Certificate course should have good knowledge in wine and spirit.

Can the courses be taught in other languages?

Yes. In addition to Cantonese, we also teach courses in English and Mandarin on ad hoc based.

Under the law of Hong Kong, intoxicating liquor must not be sold or supplied to a minor in the course of business.