WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

Melbourne Wine School is proud to offer the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Sake.

An advanced level Sake qualification for individuals working professionaly with sake, or sake enthusiats seeking to develop and expand their expertise in Sake.


This qualification that will provide you with a detailed understanding of the key ingredients and production methods that affect the style, quality and price of sake. Upon completion you will be able to assess sake accurately, and use this information and your understanding of sakes to make authoritative recommendations.

You will also gain an appreciaton for the historic and current cultural, and commercial significance of Sake in Japan and its export markets around the world, including Australia.

There are no pre requesite study for this course, however successful completion of the Level 1 Award in Sake is highly reccomended.

Upon registration candidates will be required to complete a two-week online pre-study program before attending class-based learning. This program provides baseline knowledge and must be completed before the first course day. Expect to spend up to 14 hours with the online material and up to 25 hours preperation and review over the duration of this course. 

Further information about this course can be found via the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake specification.

Upcoming Level 3 Sake Courses

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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

July: 5th (Course preparation and debrief) 

August: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
September: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
(Exam on last day)

Class Times: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Cost: $1395

(Inclusive of Tasting glasses, Sake, WSET study guides, and examination fee)

The course assessment is split into two essential units: Unit 1 focuses on your theoretical understanding of the subject and your ability to communicate this, while Unit 2 focuses on your tasting abilities. 

Both units are examined in person on the same day, with a short break between the papers.



Course Overview: The WSET Level 3 Award in Sake covers topics such as:

  • The main techniques used in the production of sake and how they influence style and quality

  • The principal and specialty categories of sake

  • The sake industry and the commercial importance of sake in the Japanese and export markets

  • The principles behind the storage, selection and service of sake

  • How to describe sake using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)


Unit 1 is assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and a paper of short written answers.
Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two sakes.

Please note that additional charges are applicable for all exam re-sits and non-attendance.

Level 3 full exam resit : $200

Theory exam only resit : $100

Tasting exam only resit : $100

Non-attendance of registered exam : $50

Entry Requirements: You must be of legal drinking age (18) to participate in this course.
Candidates are required to complete a two-week online pre-study programme before attending the course. 

Location: All classes are held at The Circle Collingwood, which is accessible by public transport and car.  Nearby train, tram, and car parking spaces can be found here.

Address:  The Circle Collingwood, 4 Bloomburg St, Collingwood VIC 3066