The next ACS Certified Cheese Professional™ Exam is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. The exam is rigorous, and applicants must demonstrate both knowledge and experience in order to qualify to take it.
Applications for the 2019 exam in Richmond, VA. will be accepted from January 4, 2019 to March 30, 2019.
This year, ACS has received a number of incomplete applications for the exam, as well as applications that were submitted without a $35 application fee. If an application is incomplete, the applicant receives an email outlining any missing information, and the date by which that information must be provided to ACS. If the requested information is not received by the date specified, the application is denied. If the applicant would like to apply again, a new application must be filled out (with an additional application fee paid).
So, what can you do to avoid having to reapply for the exam or pay an additional application fee? All candidates must complete the “qualifying work experience” section with detailed descriptions of their responsibilities with cheese. The more detailed the information, the better. Vague terms like “everything” or “sales” simply won’t cut it. You must explain the details of your work experience. Also, applicants must calculate the number of hours they have worked directly with cheese — not doing administrative work. Instructions in how to calculate hours can be found at http://www.cheesesociety.org/certification-eligibility-criteria.
ACS has an exam eligibility review group, made up of respected industry professionals, that reviews each application to ensure eligibility requirements are met. The group only reviews applications that are complete, and they may request additional information about work experience from applicants.
Don’t hesitate to contact Jane Bauer with questions about how to complete your application properly, or to learn more about eligibility requirements. She can be reached at [email protected] or 720.328.2788.
Good luck to all those planning to take the exam in 2018!