After months of preparation and a challenging three-hour exam (153 of 250 passed this year), Debbie is now an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional. She is one of only 406 people throughout the United States and Canada who are official ACS CCPs.
So what is an ACS CCP?
The ACS Certified Cheese Professional Exam is the first and only exam of its kind. It was established by the American Cheese Society to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service for professionals in all areas of the industry. The exam is based on the knowledge and skills required to successfully perform cheese-related tasks in jobs across the industry. Testing encompasses a broad range of topics including raw ingredients, the cheesemaking process, storing and handling cheese, selecting distributors, marketing and communicating about cheese, nutrition, and regulations and sanitation.