Member certification
Self Study

Take your cheese education to the next level and study for the Member certification with the eLearning platform, accessible online wherever you are in the world, 24/7.



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Self Study Member Course

Studying for your certification via the self study eLearning platform allows you to study at your own pace, at a time that suits you. You can study with us from wherever you are in the world before taking the online exam and becoming a certified Academy of Cheese Member.

When you enrol you’ll receive instant access to:

  • Level Two online Learning Road, consider this your digital course book
  • Knowledge check questions to test your progress as you study
  • Digital downloadable delegate pack (printed version available to purchase)
  • Downloadable Tasting sheets
  • Level Two Exam
  • Cheese Library containing over 150 cheeses

The Self Study course does not include cheese but we encourage delegates to taste as many of the  75 cheeses as possible whilst studying the course.

You have 12 months access to the Learning Road and to take the exam. Upon passing the exam you will receive a pin badge and certificate suitable for framing.


Academy of Cheese

Academy of Cheese

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! 

1 review for Member certification
Self Study

  1. aliciawright

    I studied Level 2 during lockdown, this course is fully in depth and there is so much detail within the course it really helped me grow within my job but also my knowledge of cheese as-well as the more scientific aspects of the whole cheese making process. I really enjoyed going in to the detail with the tasting module its really helped elevate my experiences when tasting cheeses. I fully recommend this course even with level 2 self study is possible and it was helpful for me to keep taking time to focus on certain modules and keep going back to certain modules and studying the cheese library which i have used since to design cheese boards. Its basically a great course with lots of help and support along the way.

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