Heritage Cheese Associate certification in Dulwich Village – May

We are delighted to be partnered with the Academy of Cheese and are pleased to offer their Level 1 course in person in Dulwich Village



We are delighted to be partnered with the Academy of Cheese and are pleased to offer their Level 1 course in person in Dulwich Village

Whether on your first steps of learning about cheese, or looking for more in-depth knowledge, our inhouse experts will guide you through the Academy of Cheese Level 1 in small classes where you will feel like you have one to one tuition.  Learn how to systematically taste iconic cheese; how cheeses are made, aged and brought to maturity; how cheese is bought and how it should be presented; as well as regulation and industry knowledge.

You’ll sit your exam having been coached through the course and gain an industry recognised certification.

A wonderful opportunity to deepen your understanding and enjoyment of cheese. The Academy of Cheese – Level 1 course will have you tasting cheese like a professional.

In this one-day course, you will be introduced to a range of tools to taste and talk about different cheeses. How to categorise different styles and identify the provenance and quality of a variety of beautiful cheeses.

Course includes full-day training as well as access to the Academy of Cheese online resources and the Level 1 online exam.

All cheeses for tasting are provided as well as a light lunch and refreshments.


Please note, once the course is booked it is non-refundable. All bookings are final, however, if you are unable to attend you can reassign your booking to a new available date or to another person. We require 14 days’ notice prior to original booking date.

We reserve the right to cancel a course at short notice should events beyond our control make this unavoidable. Should this occur, delegates will be offered a place on our next available scheduled course or a full refund.

Includes instant access to the Associate learning road and certification

  • 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
  • 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
  • Understand of 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
  • 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
  • Understands 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
  • Understands the principles of pairing cheese and drinks
  • 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
  • Demonstrates good hand-washing techniques
  • Understand how to handle cheese safely
  • Understand the difference between “use by” and “best before”
  • Understands how to use the Academy of Cheese Level 1 Structured Approach to Tasting Model
  • Practical assessment of cheese using the model

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.

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

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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