ACS T.A.S.T.E. TEST® Application Process

Applications are reviewed by ACS Staff and by the Certification Committee within thirty days of receipt of a completed application and application processing fee.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who are active ACS Certified Cheese Professionals® are automatically eligible for the ACS T.A.S.T.E. Test®. For individuals who are not ACS CCPs® in good standing, these eligibility criteria need to be met in order to be considered for the T.A.S.T.E. Test®.


If you meet the eligibility criteria, we will send you an email notifying you of your acceptance. The confirmation letter will contain registration and payment instructions. If you have been confirmed as eligible, you must complete your registration with 60 days of your eligibility notification.

Denial of Application

If, upon review of your application, the ACS determines that you fail to meet the eligibility requirements at the time of application, we will notify you by email.

Eligibility Denial Appeal Process

If you are denied eligibility to sit for the test, you may appeal the decision to the ACS Certification Appeals Committee (a sub-committee of the Certification Committee). You must submit your appeal in writing to the Appeals Committee within 30 days of receipt of the non-eligibility correspondence from ACS. The Appeals Committee will convene within 30 days of receipt of the appeals request. We will email a notice of the Appeals Committee’s final decision to you within 10 days of the decision.

Wait List

When enough candidates have registered for an test to fill the available capacity, test registration will close to new applicants. If a candidate desires to take the current year test, a wait list is available on a first-come-first-served basis. The wait list relies on those candidates who chose to defer taking the test, and fills the vacancy. ACS staff notifies the next person on the wait list.

If the wait list candidate wants to take the test, they must accept the offer to sit for the test within 3 days of notification and pay for the test fee within 7 days after accepting the offer to sit for the test.


Any person wishing to defer taking the test must notify ACS in writing or via phone call, by July 5th, of the year of application. Confirmation of postponement will be sent via email. People deferring may take the next available test without having to re-apply; no additional application payment is required. Requests for deferrals after July 5th will incur a $125 fee.