For individuals new to cheese study, this certification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of cheese. You’ll explore the main types and styles of cheese through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the skills to describe them (and much more). Upon successful completion you will receive an Academy certificate and lapel pin.
About this Certification
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 will study and taste 25 iconic cheeses before you’re ready to sit your online exam and gain your first Academy of Cheese certification.
What will I learn?
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, how it’s made and much, much more.
Here are the 9 modules which structure the course.
How to Study
There are three ways you can study for your certification:
The online examination can be taken after you have completed 6-8 hours classroom study and 12-24 hours of home study (including cheese tasting!). The Learning Road contains ‘knowledge check’ questions which test your progress as your study and help prepare you for the exam. Accreditation is awarded to delegates that achieve 24 marks and above (from a possible 30 questions) in our multiple choice, 30 minute exam. If you fail fear not, you can always try again for a small retake fee of £15.
The multiple choice questions are taken from the nine standards of learning outlined above. The current pass rate is 91%.
Why should you get certified?
If you’re working in the cheese industry…
As an industry recognised course, exam and accreditation, it is a must-have for cheese professionals looking to enhance their career or get started in the cheese industry. You will benefit from:
If you’re a cheese lover …
Studying cheese will increase your enjoyment and appreciation of cheese by broadening your knowledge of cheesemaking and your understanding of provenance and variety of cheese. So, if you want to:
Who should get certified?
Frequently asked questions
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…