What is Sommelier of Shochu (International Shochu kikisake-shi)?

Sommelier of Shochu (International Shochu kikisake-shi) is a “specialist of shochu” that provides customers with shochu in a foreign language in an appropriate and accurate manner.


What is an Examination course?

This is a course where you can take the test at the venues of “Tokyo”, “Osaka”, and “Other areas in Japan” and receive a pass / fail judgment.

Eligibility to take the exam Those who have reached the age at which they can drink alcohol according to the laws and regulations of the test site at the time of application
Language Examination in Japan
Chinese (* Traditional Chinese ver.)
Examination at affiliated schools
List of affiliated schools
Examination deadline Within one year from the month following the application date * (* The application date refers to the date when the payment procedure is completed)
Flow of qualification acquisition
Step.1 Application
We do not accept applications over the phone, please apply from the WEB.
We will send you a set of teaching materials within 7 business days after completing your application.
* Please select your home or office at the time of application. The delivery address is limited to Japan.
Step.2 Self-study
There is no workshop. Please do self-study using textbooks. It is possible to purchase alcoholic beverages separately as learning support materials.
* Please select your home or office address when you apply. The delivery address is limited to Japan only.
Step.3 Take the exam
Please take the exam at the venue on the day designated by SSI international.
Step.4 Pass / Fail Judgment To pass procedure
About two weeks after taking the exam, we will send a pass / fail notification to the registered e-mail address.
Teaching materials
Official text
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It is based on the “Sommelier of Shochu” (Shochu kikisake-shi) certified by the Sake Service Institute (SSI), but based on the actual market conditions of sake in other countries, as well as cultures and customs different from Japan. Ask qualities from an international perspective.

Exam time 12:30〜15:20
1st exam
(50 minutes)
[Writing] Selection type (partially descriptive type)
, specialized knowledge about shochu,
basic knowledge about eating and drinking including alcoholic beverages
Second exam
(50 minutes)
Questions about descriptive (partially selectable), shochu service, and sales promotion
(including planning by seasonal flavor characteristics)
Third exam
(50 minutes)
[Writing with tasting] Descriptive formula (partial selection formula)
・ Quality evaluation and individuality extraction through tasting of shochu (including classification by flavor characteristics)

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

Exam schedule
Tokyo venue 

Exam date Certification date
Monday, September 26, 2022 November 1, 2022
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 December 1, 2022
Saturday, October 29, 2022 December 1, 2022
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 January 1, 2023
Sunday, December 4, 2022 February 1, 2023
Sunday, January 15, 2023 March 1, 2023
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 March 1, 2023
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 April 1, 2023
Sunday,  February 12, 2023 April 1, 2023
Sunday, March. 26 2023 May 1, 2023
Monday, March. 27 2023 May 1, 2023
Sunday, April. 23 2023 June 1, 2023
Wednesday, April. 26 2023 June 1, 2023
Tuesday, May. 23 2023 July 1, 2023
Saturday, May. 27 2023
July 1, 2023
Sunday, June 25, 2023 August 1, 2023
Wednesday, June 28, 2023 August 1, 2023
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 September 1, 2023
Saturday, July 29, 2023 September 1, 2023
Sunday, August 27, 2023 October 1, 2023
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 October 1, 2023
Tokyo venue

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

Osaka venue

Exam date Certification date
Sunday, October 16, 2022 December 1, 2022
Monday, October 17, 2022 December 1, 2022
Sunday, March. 12 2023
May 1, 2023
Osaka venue

Osaka Venue: Osaka Prefectural International Convention Center (Grand Cube Osaka) (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
Examination fee & Application
Examination fee
No official textOfficial text With【Ver. Chinese】
 All versions 

General:33,000JPY(tax included)FBO certified member16,500JPY (tax included)

*The date of the first application is from 1st April 2022. 
* Includes certification fee.
* Official text is not included in the cost.

 Ver. Chinese 

General:36,000JPY(tax included)FBO certified member19,500JPY (tax included)

*The date of the first application is from 1st April 2022. 
* Includes certification fee.

Retake fee

If you fail or are absent, you can take the exam by paying the re-examination fee.
In that case, the exam results that meet the passing criteria will be valid only within the exam deadline, and only the exams that have failed (eg, 1st only, 3rd only, etc.) will be taken.

General:14,000JPY(tax included)FBO certified member7,000JPY (tax included)

 The date of the first application is until the end of March 2022  
Certification fee 5,000JPY(tax included)(including certificate and certificate) We will charge you when you register for certification after passing the exam.
About retake If 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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