Number of Certified Cheese Pros Increases

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Number of Certified Cheese Pros Increases


One hundred fifty three people passed the American Cheese Society’s  test on cheese knowledge to earn their Certified Cheese Professional status.

The 2014 class of ACS Certified Cheese Professionals, or ACS CCPs, includes individuals from 32 different companies in the U.S. and Canada. The elite group is comprised of 406 individuals throughout North America. A complete directory of ACS CCPs is available at

Two years ago the ACS launched the CCP exam “to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service for professionals.” 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, and regulations and sanitation.

This year’s class of ACS CCPs includes cheesemakers, retailers, distributors and restaurateurs. This year’s class includes 90 Whole Foods Market employees, 13 Kroger Co. employees and two employees at Emmi Roth USA.

ACS CCPs are required to demonstrate continued active participation and professional development within the industry to maintain their credentials, and they must recertify every three years.

Applications are now being accepted for the next CCP Exam, which will be held on July 29, 2015, in Providence, R.I. Cheese professionals who meet the eligibility requirements outlined on the ACS website are encouraged to apply before the exam is filled to capacity.