The Certified Cheese Professional® Exam is based on the skills and knowledge used by Cheese Professionals across the spectrum of the industry on a regular basis. The exam has 150 multiple choice questions and candidates have 3 hours to complete it.
In-person exams are delivered via paper using Scantron technology and an independent testing company (ExamSoft) oversees the electronic grading of the exam.
Virtual exams are taken via computer at the candidate’s location of choice, using ExamSoft and a remote proctoring software program.
Exam questions are drawn from the Job Task Areas, which are identified by an industry wide Jobs Analysis Survey. The exam blueprint below illustrates how the task areas relate to the Body of Knowledge. Notice the percentage of questions per content/knowledge area. Those areas with a high percentage of questions are a significant portion of the exam, and therefore, require more time of study.
ACS has developed a number of informational and study resources that might help cheesemakers and non-cheesemakers alike with CCP Exam study. These are currently the Safe Cheesemaking Hub and the Best Practices Guide for Cheesemakers.
ACS has also developed an Expanded Body of Knowledge document, that goes into more specific detail about each domain.
General ACS CCP® Exam “How to Apply, Prepare, and What To Expect on Exam Day” Video