Academy of Cheese Brand

Become a certified…

Level One: Associate.

Want to know your Le Gruyère from your Gorgonzola? Learn how cheese is made? Discover a structured approach to tasting and understand how to assess quality and provenance? Want to do so at your own pace? then the Level one eLearning program (and certification) is for you.

Level one eLearning program (and certification).

  • Tuition: £135.00 (Inc VAT)
  • Level: Associate (Level 1)
  • Location: On demand
  • Course Length: 12 – 24 Hours

What you’ll Get

When you enrol you’ll receive instant access to:

  • Level 1 (Associate) Learning road
  • 9 Core Modules
  • 23 Standards
  • Digital delegate pack (Printed version available)
  • Downloadable Tasting sheets
  • Access to the Cheese Library

Plus, upon successful completion of the exam you will also receive:

  • pin badge designating you as an Academy of Cheese Associate
  • A professional certificate suitable for framing
  • Status and recognition as a Certified Academy of Cheese Associate

Includes one year’s FREE Academy of Cheese membership (Worth £25.00) which includes:

  • Cheese Knowledgebase
  • Discounted events
  • Online community
  • Member only offers
  • Member enewsletters

Academy of Cheese Level 1: Associate online course details.

In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to know to take your Level 1 exam and become an Academy of Cheese Associate. You will learn the correct way to taste cheese, how to present it and more…

The ingredients, their function and production steps. An introduction to the Academy’s Make/Post Make applied to 25 specific cheeses.

Looking at ripeness and how temperature can be used to control the process. Understand affinage and the relevance of grading.

Discover the supply chains from production to consumer. Learn how to select a cheeseboard range for various situations

Choosing the best tools for the job. Looking at correct techniques for cutting, packing and caring for cheese.

Understand the key descriptors of 25 cheeses and the principals of pairing cheese and drinks.

Discover the history of cheesemaking and understand the differences between large scale and artisan production today.

How to handle cheese safely

Tasting cheese using the Academy of Cheese’s tasting model. Expand your vocabulary for expert communication.  

Taste, explore and identify 25 cheeses.

Who should get certified

Retail Professionals


Food Writers


Chef’s & Restaurateurs

Fanatical foodies



Cheese Judges


“As a new business owner and a mum to a toddler, spare time is something of a rarity for me – that’s why it was wonderful to have the opportunity to study online.”



Owner |

“Having completed the level 1 course and learnt how to use their Simple Flavour Tree, I now feel able to objectively judge any cheese in any situation.”

Guy Dymott

Guy Dymott

Account Manager | Aubrey Allen

Why should you get certified?

If you’re an individual…

This industry recognised course, exam and accreditation are a must-have for cheese professionals looking to enhance their career. Recognised by leading Cheese Awards competitions

Exclusive categorisation (Make, Post make) model

Specific vocabulary and structure for examining and classifying cheeses

So, if you want to:

  • Enhance your career (or start a new one)
  • Expand your skill set
  • Distance yourself from the competition
  • Jump to a higher pay grade…
  • Gain confidence and explore cheese more widely
  • Be part of the fastest growing professional Cheese network

If you’re a business owner

Maybe you don’t need the certification. But what about your team? 

Do you know for a fact that they’re up to speed on all the latest and greatest Cheeses?

They’ll love the fact that you’re investing in them, and you’ll love the fact that they’re performing at the highest level possible for your company.

Also, there’s no rule that you have to sit for the test. If the training is more important to you than the certification, then just take the training and look at the test as an optional extra. (But if I were you I’d take it anyway just to make sure you’re fully grasping all the concepts.)

Educational resources and networking opportunities

Explore all varieties of cheese, Understand cheese provenance & Network with Cheese lovers all over the globe

Either way, if you expect the best for your company, then this course and certification is for you.

Recognised by Employers and Cheese Awards competitions

Frequently Asked Questions

Study Cheese Online

Become a certified…

Level One: Associate.

How It Works

Enroll today

The Level 1 Associate online course covers the same syllabus as the classroom course – We make learning about Cheese easy and fun.

Study Online

Our study programme is all online, accessible 24/7. Our online study programme gives you the flexibility to study when and where you want and around your existing commitments. Your personal journey through the Academy of Cheese standards. Study on a PC, tablet or phone.

Order (and taste) the 25 Cheeses

You will need to source, taste and assess the 25 cheeses yourself. Order a tasting pack to teach your taste buds the secrets of the Level one cheeses.

Take your Exam

No stressful examinations. Take a multiple choice exam, from the comfort of your own home. The multiple choice exam is also online and requires you to get 24 marks and above, from a possible 30 questions, to pass and gain Level One Associate certification.

Celebrate your Success

Congratulations! Display your certificate and wear your pin badge with pride.

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