Turnbull’s Level One Certification – October 2024

This Level One cheese course, taking place at the Leonardo Royal Brighton Waterfront Hotel in Brighton is perfect for anybody who wants to understand the basics of cheese and cheesemaking. It’s also a great stepping-stone for anybody whose career involves the preparation, serving or selling of cheese.



Learn to taste cheese like an expert

Do you have a passion for cheese? Expand your knowledge with The Academy of Cheese Level One course. This is your opportunity to learn, in-person, with one of the foremost cheese experts on the UK.

On this course you’ll learn how cheese is made, how to assess its quality, and you’ll develop an understanding of the provenance and range of cheeses available. You will study 25 iconic cheeses before you’re ready to sit your online exam and gain your Academy of Cheese Associate certification. The course will introduce you to the Academy’s own Structured Approach to Tasting cheese and you will discover a range of tools to help you communicate more effectively about cheese.

What to expect

You will compete the course in one day and will be taught by Academy of Cheese® Training Educator Charlie Turnbull.

Charlie is a founding director of Academy of Cheese and one the foremost cheese experts in the UKHe will take you through the basics of how cheese is made, how to make a great cheese board selection and the flavours and profiles of the level one syllabus of 25 cheeses.

You’ll taste 12 classic cheeses and learn about cheese in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The course is supported by specialist training materials from the Academy of Cheese.

You will also be shown how to expertly pair cheese with wine.

The day will run from 10am to 5.30 pm with a 45 minute lunch break

Who’s it for?

Anybody with an interest in Cheese! Level One is ideal for anyone who wants to understand the basics of cheese and cheesemaking. It’s also a great stepping-stone for anybody whose career involves the preparation, serving or selling of cheese.

Is there an exam?

Yes, to be certified candidates will need to take the Academy of Cheese® Level One Associate exam after completing the course. This exam can be taken online, at home and at the convenience of the student. Candidates who successfully complete the exam will receive a certificate and badge – as well as the right to say they are qualified in cheese!

 What’s included in the course fee of £225?

  • Full-day classroom course delivered by Academy of Cheese® training partner, Charlie Turnbull
  • Tasting of 12 cheeses
  • Learn about 25 different cheese styles
  • Copy of the level one cheese book detailing 25 different cheese styles
  • Wine and Beer to taste
  • Additional learning resources including study guide and flavour wheels
  • Access to the Academy of Cheese online and online cheese library
  • The Level One associate exam fee (taken online in your own time)
  • Certificate and pin badge (upon successful completion of the exam)

Take your knowledge of cheese to the next level.

Please advise of any dietary requirements upon booking. Due to the nature of this course it is not recommended for anybody with a dairy intolerance.

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Gift vouchers are also available.

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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