Level 1
Level 1

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Self Study | Level 1: Associate Certification

£135
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About

Why choose our self-study E-learning course?

Want to learn more about cheese? Then Level One is for you! Becoming an Associate of the Academy of Cheese is the first step to developing a greater understanding and appreciation of cheese.

The course will introduce you to the Academy’s own Structured Approach to Tasting and you will discover a range of tools to help you communicate more effectively about cheese. You’ll learn how cheese is made, how to assess quality, understand the provenance and range of cheese available. You’ll explore the main types and styles of cheese through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the skills to describe them, whilst studying (and hopefully tasting) 25 iconic cheeses, before you’re ready to sit your online exam and gain your first Academy of Cheese certification.

The Academy of Cheese study programme is online, accessible 24/7, giving you the flexibility to study when and where you want and around your existing commitments. Study on a PC, tablet or phone, from anywhere in the world at a time that suits you. You’ll receive 12 months access to the online Learning Road (your digital course book), and the option to join our online Guided Sessions. You study the content and take the online exam when it suits you. The course fee does not include cheese, offering the perfect excuse for a trip to the cheesemongers!

Why study Level One with the Academy of Cheese?

Anytime, anywhere

Study from anywhere in the world at a time that suits you with the Academy’s eLearning platform.

Learning road

12 Months access to our Level One (Associate Certification) Learning Road and level one exam.

Exclusive Delegate Resources

Downloadable digital delegate pack with informative visual guides to use alongside the Learning Road.

Cheese Library

12 Months Access To Our Academic Cheese Library (Over 450 Cheeses)

Online Guided Study Sessions

Self-study delegates are invited to attend a series of online Guided Sessions to help with their studies, enhance their learning journey and involve tasting and discussing a selection of Level One cheeses.

Instant Access

Start studying immediately!

Course Dates

Self Study | Level 1: Associate Certification

Choose a date and time

£135.00
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+
Testimonials

What people are saying about our level one programme

Audience

Who's this course for

This course is open to everyone, whether you work in the cheese and associated industries, or if you just like to eat cheese. As a foundation level, it is perfect for individuals new to cheese study.

Cheese Lovers

Who just love cheese and want more pleasure from it

Cheese Mongers / Retailers

People working behind a cheese counter in farm shops and delis

Cheese Shop Owners

Managers and owners of cheese shops

Cheese Makers

People starting or progressing a career in cheesemaking

Food Writers

People involved in promoting cheese and speciality foods

Wholesalers & Distributors

Professionals who sell cheese through the cheese chain

Sommeliers

People who serve, sell and talk about wine

What You'll Learn On This Self Study Course

Take a look at what you'll learn on our Level One (Associate Certification) Self Study Course.

1: Milk Production and Cheesemaking

How to describe the key ingredients used in cheesemaking and their purpose
Have an overview of the steps involved in cheesemaking and maturation
Understand the Academy of Cheese Make/Post-Make (MPM) Model
Understand how milk is produced

2: Maturing, Affinage and Grading

Recognise the condition of a soft mould-ripened cheese in terms of degree of ripeness
Understands cheese grading and its relevance
Understands the role of maturation and affinage in adding value to the product
Knows the different techniques to accelerate and decelerate ripening in soft mould-ripened cheese

3: Buying and Distribution

Understand how cheese is bought and transported, including the term “chill chain”
Understand the importance of offering an appropriate range of cheeses for a cheese board

4: Presentation

Select and use appropriate packaging, to wrap and re-wrap cheese
Be able to cut cheese using appropriate tools
Understand the importance of caring for, cutting and serving cheeses appropriate to the variety

5: Communicating

Understand the key descriptors of cheese, i.e. country of origin, species of milking animal, vegetarian/animal rennet, raw/pasteurised milk, MPM Model, protected status, age
Understand the principles of pairing cheese and drinks

6: Cheese Industry Knowledge

An overview of the history of cheesemaking
Understand the differences between large-scale and artisan production
Understand an overview of the nutritional value of cheese

7: Regulation and Good Practice

Demonstrates good hand-washing techniques
Understand how to handle cheese safely
Understand the difference between “use by” and “best before”

8: Tasting

Understand how to use the Academy of Cheese Level 1 Structured Approach to Tasting Model
Practical assessment of cheese using the model

9: Level One (Associate) – 25 Cheeses

At Level One you are required to study and taste 25 iconic cheeses. You will find details on each cheese in your delegates pack and in the online Cheese Library. Whether you attend an online or classroom course you will be expected to have tasted the 25 cheeses on the Level One list by the time of your assessment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Use the Structured Approach to Tasting Cheese (SATC) sheet to record your tasting note

Level One Exam

Whichever way you chose to study, you’ll need to take the online exam to become a certified Academy of Cheese Associate. It’s 30 questions in 30 minutes, you’ve got this!

Training Partner

Academy of Cheese

Not for profit organisation, all about cheese, the Academy accreditation programme leads from beginner to Master of Cheese.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions delegates often ask about the Academy of Cheese Level One (Associate certification) self-study course

  • Is this course too advanced for me?

    Absolutely not! The Level One course is the place to start your cheese education, whether you work in the industry or simply love cheese. We start with the basics and expand your knowledge, giving you a new appreciation for cheese and its industry.

  • Are there any entry requirements for this course?

    No, there is no entry requirement! Level One is open to all, and it's the place to start your cheese education.

  • What if I am not in the UK?

    No problem. You can study online with the self guided eLearning platform from anywhere in the world - at anytime that suits you .

  • What is the difference between Self Study, Virtual and Classroom courses?

    The virtual classroom courses are taught live by a Training Partner across Zoom or a similar alternative platform. You will still receive access to the online Learning Road (think of this as your digital course book) to swot up on your knowledge and take the exam. The self study eLearning option uses only the online Learning Road to take you through the course materials, there is no tutoring from a Training Partner. It is 100% self guided online study. Regardless of which teaching method you choose, you are studying the same certification and will take the same online exam.

About

Why choose our self-study E-learning course?

Want to learn more about cheese? Then Level One is for you! Becoming an Associate of the Academy of Cheese is the first step to developing a greater understanding and appreciation of cheese.

The course will introduce you to the Academy’s own Structured Approach to Tasting and you will discover a range of tools to help you communicate more effectively about cheese. You’ll learn how cheese is made, how to assess quality, understand the provenance and range of cheese available. You’ll explore the main types and styles of cheese through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the skills to describe them, whilst studying (and hopefully tasting) 25 iconic cheeses, before you’re ready to sit your online exam and gain your first Academy of Cheese certification.

The Academy of Cheese study programme is online, accessible 24/7, giving you the flexibility to study when and where you want and around your existing commitments. Study on a PC, tablet or phone, from anywhere in the world at a time that suits you. You’ll receive 12 months access to the online Learning Road (your digital course book), and the option to join our online Guided Sessions. You study the content and take the online exam when it suits you. The course fee does not include cheese, offering the perfect excuse for a trip to the cheesemongers!

Why study Level One with the Academy of Cheese?

Anytime, anywhere

Study from anywhere in the world at a time that suits you with the Academy’s eLearning platform.

Learning road

12 Months access to our Level One (Associate Certification) Learning Road and level one exam.

Exclusive Delegate Resources

Downloadable digital delegate pack with informative visual guides to use alongside the Learning Road.

Cheese Library

12 Months Access To Our Academic Cheese Library (Over 450 Cheeses)

Online Guided Study Sessions

Self-study delegates are invited to attend a series of online Guided Sessions to help with their studies, enhance their learning journey and involve tasting and discussing a selection of Level One cheeses.

Instant Access

Start studying immediately!

Course Dates

Self Study | Level 1: Associate Certification

Choose a date and time

£135.00
-
+
Training Partner

Academy of Cheese

Not for profit organisation, all about cheese, the Academy accreditation programme leads from beginner to Master of Cheese.

Testimonials

What people are saying about our level one programme

Audience

Who's this course for

This course is open to everyone, whether you work in the cheese and associated industries, or if you just like to eat cheese. As a foundation level, it is perfect for individuals new to cheese study.

Cheese Lovers

Who just love cheese and want more pleasure from it

Cheese Mongers / Retailers

People working behind a cheese counter in farm shops and delis

Cheese Shop Owners

Managers and owners of cheese shops

Cheese Makers

People starting or progressing a career in cheesemaking

Food Writers

People involved in promoting cheese and speciality foods

Wholesalers & Distributors

Professionals who sell cheese through the cheese chain

Sommeliers

People who serve, sell and talk about wine

What You'll Learn On This Self Study Course

Take a look at what you'll learn on our Level One (Associate Certification) Self Study Course.

1: Milk Production and Cheesemaking

How to describe the key ingredients used in cheesemaking and their purpose
Have an overview of the steps involved in cheesemaking and maturation
Understand the Academy of Cheese Make/Post-Make (MPM) Model
Understand how milk is produced

2: Maturing, Affinage and Grading

Recognise the condition of a soft mould-ripened cheese in terms of degree of ripeness
Understands cheese grading and its relevance
Understands the role of maturation and affinage in adding value to the product
Knows the different techniques to accelerate and decelerate ripening in soft mould-ripened cheese

3: Buying and Distribution

Understand how cheese is bought and transported, including the term “chill chain”
Understand the importance of offering an appropriate range of cheeses for a cheese board

4: Presentation

Select and use appropriate packaging, to wrap and re-wrap cheese
Be able to cut cheese using appropriate tools
Understand the importance of caring for, cutting and serving cheeses appropriate to the variety

5: Communicating

Understand the key descriptors of cheese, i.e. country of origin, species of milking animal, vegetarian/animal rennet, raw/pasteurised milk, MPM Model, protected status, age
Understand the principles of pairing cheese and drinks

6: Cheese Industry Knowledge

An overview of the history of cheesemaking
Understand the differences between large-scale and artisan production
Understand an overview of the nutritional value of cheese

7: Regulation and Good Practice

Demonstrates good hand-washing techniques
Understand how to handle cheese safely
Understand the difference between “use by” and “best before”

8: Tasting

Understand how to use the Academy of Cheese Level 1 Structured Approach to Tasting Model
Practical assessment of cheese using the model

9: Level One (Associate) – 25 Cheeses

At Level One you are required to study and taste 25 iconic cheeses. You will find details on each cheese in your delegates pack and in the online Cheese Library. Whether you attend an online or classroom course you will be expected to have tasted the 25 cheeses on the Level One list by the time of your assessment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Use the Structured Approach to Tasting Cheese (SATC) sheet to record your tasting note

Level One Exam

Whichever way you chose to study, you’ll need to take the online exam to become a certified Academy of Cheese Associate. It’s 30 questions in 30 minutes, you’ve got this!

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