About the ACS CCP® Authorized Educator Program

The ACS CCP® Authorized Educator Program (AEP) authorizes individuals or organizations offering education that aligns with any or all of the ACS Body of Knowledge domains and Job Task Areas that are integral to the ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam. This allows qualified educators the opportunity to use the licensed trademarks ACS Certified Cheese Professional® (ACS CCP®) and ACS CCP® Authorized Educator in promoting their educational offerings.

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Authorized Educator Benefits

  • Authorization to teach to any or all of the Job Task Areas that are integral to the ACS CCP® Exam.
  • Use of the licensed trademarks ACS Certified Cheese Professional® (ACS CCP®) and ACS CCP® Authorized Educator in marketing relevant educational offerings.
  • ACS CCP® Authorized Educator digital kit (see below) to aid in developing educational materials.
  • Premier placement in the upcoming ACS online educator directory.
  • Inclusion in at least one pre-exam correspondence between ACS and ACS CCP® candidates.
  • Priority notifications when revisions to the Body of Knowledge and Job Task Areas are made.

Authorized Educator Digital Kit

ACS CCP® Authorized Educators receive a digital kit including:

  • ACS CCP® Exam blueprint
  • ACS CCP® Exam prep calendar
  • Editable PowerPoint slides pre-populated with the ACS Body of Knowledge
  • Links to useful online educational resources
  • Official ACS CCP® Exam Scoring Procedure
  • Sample exam-taker diagnostic letter
  • PowerPoint slides outlining areas of weak performance on the previous year’s exam
  • Overview of exam question-writing procedure
  • 5 sample exam questions

Requirements for Authorization

The ACS CCP® Authorized Educator designation is intended for individual ACS CCPs® or organizations with an ACS CCP® on staff. Authorized Educators must provide interactive in-person or real-time education that allows attendees to engage with the Authorized Educator; training may not be pre-recorded or made available to download and/or view on-demand online. Authorized Educators may be independent instructors and may work on a contract basis with outside educational facilities. Authorization is also available to non-profit educational facilities; please contact ACS for details.

To be considered for ACS CCP® Authorized Educator status, interested educators must:

  • Submit a completed ACS CCP® AEP Application.
  • Submit detailed curricula, syllabi, workbooks, and any other relevant educational materials to ACS for review, to ensure that course content aligns with one or more domains of the BOK. All content submitted to ACS for review will remain confidential.
  • Maintain a current ACS membership.
  • View an ACS CCP® Exam question-writing webinar, provided by ACS, in its entirety.
  • Complete North Carolina State University’s Food Safety for Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemakers course, free for ACS members, and submit a certificate of completion to ACS.

Once approved, applicants must:

  • Pay the $500 annual ACS CCP® AEP licensing fee, sign the affiliated AEP Agreement, and abide by all policies and rules of the program. Note that payment is not required until an application has been approved.
  • Include the following disclaimer on all materials promoting exam-oriented educational offerings:

Certified Cheese Professional® (CCP®) is a registered trademark of the American Cheese Society® (ACS). ACS has authorized [name of service provider] as an [ACS CCP® Authorized Educator] based on [name of service provider]’s representation that its course content aligns with the ACS Body of Knowledge domains and ACS CCP® Exam Job Task Areas. ACS is not responsible for the content of this course. ACS does not warrant or guarantee course content, accuracy of information, effectiveness of test preparation, or individual performance on the ACS CCP® Exam.

  • Administer online post-course evaluations (provided by ACS) and maintain high customer-satisfaction ratings.
  • Submit 5 new ACS CCP® Exam questions following the procedures outlined in the question-writing webinar in each year of licensing. These questions may be included in future ACS CCP® Exams.

Licensing Fee

ACS CCP® Authorized Educators must meet all customer satisfaction requirements outlined above and pay the required annual fee of $500 to maintain their authorized status.

Authorization is valid for 3 years but requires annual renewal, along with an annual fee of $500. This annual fee will be invoiced on a calendar year basis.

Renewal of Authorized Educator Designation

Every three years, authorization status must be renewed by re-applying for authorization and meeting all of the requirements outlined in the Requirements for Authorization section above. Requirements for authorization are subject to change at any time.

Note: If course content changes or courses are added, ACS, at its sole discretion, may ask that updated course details (syllabus, content, etc.) be submitted for review. Random audits may be performed at any time to ensure program quality, integrity, and compliance.

Application Review Process

Once a completed application is submitted to ACS, applicants will receive notification of their status within 15 business days. If an application is approved, agreement signed, and payment received, applicants will receive digital logos with usage guidelines from ACS, and may begin using the ACS CCP® Authorized Educator designation. If an application is denied, applicants will receive a letter explaining the decision and advising what steps can be taken to meet the ACS CCP® Authorized Educator Program requirements.

If ACS denies or withdraws approval, applicants or educators may appeal the decision. A request for reconsideration must be submitted in writing and mailed, faxed, or emailed within 30 days of the postmark date on the initial decision letter. The right to reconsideration will be waived if the request is not received within this 30-day period.

Appeals must show evidence of at least one of the following:

  • ACS made an oversight in its review of the submitted application;
  • Changes have been made to the curriculum since the original application was submitted;
  • The application was incomplete or lacked key materials that have since been provided to ACS.

Decisions on appeals will be made within 15 days of receipt of the appeal.


ACS will not endorse any one authorized educator over another. All programs offered by ACS CCP® Authorized Educators may be reviewed by ACS staff on a regular basis to ensure that the curriculum accurately teaches to one or more of the ACS Body of Knowledge domains and Job Task Areas.

ACS may provide educational opportunities, including webinars and sessions at the Annual ACS Conference, containing content from one of more Body of Knowledge domains and or Job Task Areas. These opportunities will be available to all ACS members, and will not be considered competitive to the offerings of authorized educators.

All documents submitted to ACS via the authorization process will be kept strictly confidential.

Certified Cheese Professional® (CCP®) is a registered trademark of the American Cheese Society® (ACS). For more information about the use of ACS names, see our complete Privacy & Terms. Participants in the ACS CCP® Authorized Educator Program will be permitted to use the trademark and the ACS CCP® Exam logo solely per the guidelines outlined by ACS upon approval as an ACS CCP® Authorized Educator. Only courses that teach to one or more BOK domains and/or Job Task Areas may be marketed using the trademark and logo provided by ACS. ACS will review materials and conduct random audits to ensure compliance with these guidelines.