New Class of ACS CCPs Numbers 155
The American Cheese Society (ACS), based in Denver, held its sixth Certified Cheese Professional (CCP) Exam on July 27in Des Moines, and 155 individuals passed it. This class of ACS CCPs includes people from 51 different companies in the United States and Canada.
ACS CCPs now total 740 individuals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. A full directory of ACS CCPs is available here.
The ACS CCP Exam is the first and only exam of its kind. It was launched by the American Cheese Society in 2012 to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service for professionals in all areas of the industry. The exam is based on the knowledge and skills required to successfully perform cheese-related tasks in jobs across the industry. Testing encompasses a broad range of topics including raw ingredients, the cheesemaking process, storing and handling cheese, selecting distributors, marketing and communicating about cheese, nutrition, regulations, and sanitation.
“We congratulate these individuals on this tremendous professional accomplishment. We are incredibly proud of the cheese professionals who have earned the designation of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional since the program was established,” said Nora Weiser, executive director of the American Cheese Society. “The level of understanding and professionalism that ACS CCPs bring to the industry benefits everyone from the cheesemaker to the consumer, and elevates an already thriving artisan cheese industry to an entirely new level.”
Each ACS CCP receives an official lapel pin, embroidered patch, and a certificate, along with the right to call themselves an ACS Certified Cheese Professional or ACS CCP. ACS CCPs are required to demonstrate continued active participation and professional development within the cheese industry to maintain their credentials, and they must recertify every three years.
The next seating of the exam will be held on July 26, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Cheese professionals who meet the eligibility requirements outlined on the ACS website are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited. Applications will be accepted from January 4 to March 31, 2017.
More information about the ACS CCP Exam is available here.