Our flagship course, the Certified Sake Sommelier is a fantastic way to increase both your sake knowledge and sommelier skills. Designed to take place over a few days, the Certified Sake Sommelier covers modules such as:
Upon passing the examination, students receive their lapel pin and certificate, and can proudly use the post-nominals “CSS”.
The Certified Sake Sommelier is accessible to both trained professionals and sake connoisseurs. The course focusses not only providing an unbeatable level of sake education, but also on how to practically make use of that education – whether working directly with clients in restaurants, with product lines in distribution, or with friends over dinner!
We offer the Certified Sake Sommelier course in person. Our Sake Educators offer courses in a variety of languages and across different cultures to make classroom learning easier for you.
We also offer the Certified Sake Sommelier course online.
Once you have successfully passed the Certified Sake Sommelier course, you will be certified as an official 'Sake Sommelier' from the Sake Sommelier Academy.
Sake Sommeliers can apply for a judgeship at the London Sake Challenge as tasting judges and will be eligible to take part in the Sake Sommelier of the Year.
I had heard great things about the CSS course from people who had taken it before, but I didn’t realise how lucky I was to secure a place on it until the terrific two-day course came round.
The course was taught in a convivial atmosphere at the impressive Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge, and over the two days I and my fellow students were given a thorough and enjoyable training about the fundamentals of sake. The presentations were informative and entertaining, and on the practical side there was an awesome tutored tasting for the whole group in the hotel’s restaurant on the first day, enabling us all to train our palates while becoming fast friends. At the end of the course the traditional ceremony they put on is a wonderful touch and a fitting way to end the programme."