ACS Announces New Class of Certified Cheese Professionals

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Denver, CO (September 6, 2016) – One hundred fifty-five (155) individuals
passed the American Cheese Society’s sixth Certified Cheese Professional®
Exam, held July 27, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. This class of ACS Certified
Cheese Professionals® (ACS CCPs®) includes individuals from 51 different
companies in the United States and Canada. ACS CCPs® now total 740
individuals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. For a full directory of
ACS CCPs®, visit

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.

To learn more about the ACS CCP® Exam, visit

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