What is International Sake Lecturer?
In recent years, various people such as young people, women, and  people around the world have come to enjoy sake.
The common need for so-called beginners is not just “I want to drink” but “I want to drink after knowing”.
As if to prove this, Sake seminars are frequently held all over the world.
However, not many people have the skills of a proper lecturer.
“International Sake Lecturer” is a sake instructor who has not only knowledge of sake but also the skill of “teaching”.

In addition to the “instruction skills,” “communication skills,” and “planning skills” required for an “International Sake Lecturer,” there is  “specialty skills,” which are specialized knowledge of sake, are required.
The International Sake Lecturer workshop offers practical programs to improve these four skills.

The profit of International Sake Lecturer
“International Sake Lecturer” can host a seminar for consumer qualification “Nihonshu Navigator(SSI’Int)” “Shochu Navigator(SSI’Int)”* *
International Sake Lecturer have the right to certify “Nihonshu Navigator(SSI’Int)” “Shochu Navigator(SSI’Int)” qualifications to the participants of the seminars they sponsor.
“Nihonshu navigator” is a qualification that is positioned as an “introduction qualification” for the food and beverage industry or a “consumer qualification” for enjoying sake.A “Navigator Certificate” will be given to the certified person, which will motivate the students to participate in the seminar.

* The following conditions are required for the certification of “Nihonshu Navigator(SSI’Int)” and “Shochu Navigator(SSI’Int)” ・NPO FBO enrollment procedures (submission of enrollment application, payment of enrollment fee annual membership fee (including registration fee for official and certified qualification year), procedure for next year annual membership fee account transfer) are required. ・“International Sake Lecturer” “Sommelier of Sake (International kikisake-shi)” “Sommelier of Shochu (International Shochu kikisake-shi)” refer to SSI’Int certification, and are different from “Sake Lecturer” “Sommelier of Sake (kikisake-shi)” “Sommelier of Shochu (Shochu kikisake-shi)”  ・“International Sake Lecturer”and “Sommelier of Shochu (International Shochu kikisake-shi)”have the right to certify “Shochu Navigator(SSI’Int)” qualifications to the participants of the seminars they sponsor.

About Remote learning & Examination course
You can study at any time and place for exam preparation at home and take the exam at the venue.
The materials (text) will be shipped within 7 days after the procedure is completed, so you can start studying immediately. There is no lecture video, so please use the official textbook to study for yourself.
* We do not hold exam preparation seminars.

Qualifications for attending & examination International kikisake-shi (SSI INT’L certified)
Language English, Chinese (traditional, simplified)
Exam deadline Within one year from the month following the date of attendance at the time of initial application
Teaching materials
English Ver.Chinese Ver. (traditional, simplified)
・What is an Ideal Lecturer?
・Communication Skills.
・Instructional Skills.
・Planning Skills.
・Necessary knowledge for lecturers
・Seminar Session.

『日本酒之基 SSI國際唎酒師官方教材』
『國際日本酒講師 中文課程』
Exam time 12:30〜16:20
1st exam
(50 minutes)

[Writing] Multiple Choice and Writing Questions

・Questions about the knowledge required for teachers


Second exam
(50 minutes)

[Writing] Writing Questions

・From seminar planning to envisioning consumer-targeted seminar, develop an 「Execution Plan.」

Question range

Chinese: Text “International Sake Instructor Chinese Course

Third exam
(50 minutes)

[Writing] Writing Questions

・Composition of the Sake  Charm Presentation Course

Fourth exam
(50 minutes)

The content of the 4th examination includes the following:
※ The examination time may vary depending on the participants and the venue (generally conducted in order of the examination number).
Practice of sake seminar for beginners (10 minutes of explanatory practice)


Hypothetical seminar for beginners in sake
Participants are assumed to have been provided with teaching materials as text materials
Whiteboard (or electronic whiteboard) can be used, and other lecture tools can be freely utilized

* Pass criteria: 70% or more correct answer rate for each exam


Not allowed to take the 「INTERNATIONAL SAKE LECTURER」 examination.
※INTERNATIONAL SAKE LECTURER will be certified the following month.
Examination will be available 3 times a month which will be arranged on weekday, Saturday and Sunday.

Year Exam day Venue Certification date Deadline
2024 Sun.Apr.21 FBO Academy Tokyo School
Jun.01 Wed.Apr.17
Wed.Apr.24 Jun.01 Thu.Apr.18
Sat.May 25 Jul.01 Tue.May 21
Tue.May 28 Jul.01 Thu.May 23
Wed.Jun.26 Aug.01 Thu.Jun.20
Sun.Jun.30 Aug.01 Wed.Jun.26
Sat.Jul.27 Sep.01 Tue.Jul.23
Wed.Aug.28 Oct.01 Thu.Aug.22
Sat.Sep.28 Nov.01 Wed.Sep.25
Sun.Oct.20  Grand Cube Osaka (Osaka Prefectural International Convention Center)
Dec.01 Thu.Oct.17
Wed.Oct.30 FBO Academy Tokyo School
Dec.01 Thu.Oct.24
Wed.Nov.27 Jan.01 Thu.Nov.21
Sat.Nov.30 Jan.01 Wed.Nov.27
Sun.Dec.15 Feb.01 Thu.Dec.12
2025 Wed.Jan.29 FBO Academy Tokyo School
Mar.01 Thu.Jan.23
Sat.Feb.15 Apr.01 Wed.Feb.12
Wed.Mar.26 May01 Thu.Mar.20
Sun.Apr.20 Jun.01 Thu.Apr.17
Wed.May21 Jul.01 Thu.May15
Sat.Jun.28 Aug.01 Wed.Jun.25
Wed.Jul.30 Sep.01 Sun.Jul.27
Sun.Aug.24 Oct.01 Thu.Aug.21
Wed.Sep.17 Nov.01 Thu.Sep.11



Tokyo Venue: FBO Academy Tokyo School (1-15-17 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, TN Koishikawa Building 7F)
Nearest station ▶ 3 minutes walk from Toei Mita Line “Kasuga Station” / 8 minutes walk from Toei Oedo Line “Kasuga Station”
Tokyo Metro North-South 8 minutes walk from “Korakuen Station” on the line / 10 minutes walk from “Korakuen Station” on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Osaka venue 


Osaka Venue: Grand Cube Osaka (Osaka Prefectural International Convention Center)
(5-3-51 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 530-0005)

Nearest station ▶ Keihan Railway Nakanoshima Line “Nakanoshima (Osaka International Convention Center) Station” ( Immediately after (Exit 2)
・ Approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Osaka Circular Line “Fukushima Station”・
Approximately 10 minutes on foot from JR Tozai Line “New Fukushima Station” (Exit 3)
・ Hanshin Main Line “Fukushima Station” (Exit 3) About 10 minutes on foot from
Osaka Metro “Awaza Station” (Exit 1 on Chuo Line, Exit 9 on Chikazen Line) About 15 minutes on foot



Osaka Venue: Reference Osaka Ekimae Dai-Yon Bldg. Meeting Room Rental
(1-11-4 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 530-0001)

Nearest station ▶ ・Higashi-Umeda Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line Direct connection from Exit 8 or 9
・Approximately 8 minutes on foot from JR Line Osaka Station (Central Exit)
・Approximately 7 minutes on foot Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line Umeda Station(Exit 14)
・Approximately 5 minutes on foot from Hanshin Line-Umeda Station.
・Approximately 10 minutes on foot from Hankyu Line Umeda Station.


Examination fee & Application
Examination fee Excluding tax(Japan):41,800JPY(38,000JPY:reference price including tax)
Excluding tax(Asia)48,400JPY(44,000JPY:reference price including tax)
Excluding tax(Others)52,800JPY
(48,000JPY:reference price including tax)

(including certification fee, certificate and certification chapter fee)
About retake If you fail or are absent, you can take the test by paying the re-examination fee.
In that case, the test results that meet the passing criteria will be valid only within the test deadline, and only the tests that have failed (eg, 1st only, 3rd only, etc.) will be taken.
Retake fee: Excluding tax20,900JPY(19,000JPY:reference price including tax)

About retakeIf you fail or are absent, you will have to apply for the exam again. (There is no re-examination fee set.)
However, only the exam results that meet the passing criteria are valid and the exams that fail (eg, 1st only, 3rd only, etc.) are valid only within the examination deadline. You will take the exam.



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