Programming is central to ACS’s Mission & Values of providing educational resources and networking opportunities to individuals and organizations within the cheese industry. ACS accomplishes this by offering various types of programming geared towards members of the cheese industry.


The ACS Annual Conference is the premier educational event for the industry, providing a platform for networking opportunities and educational sessions that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the ACS Body of Knowledge. The 40+ educational sessions offered, emphasizing food safety, cheesemaking, and business principles and practices, are selected by the ACS Education Committee based on proposals from our membership and beyond. Interested in presenting at the Conference? See our Call for Presentations.

Judging & Competition

The ACS Judging & Competition, at the heart of ACS programming from its founding, is a blind competition that not only shines a spotlight on the achievements of our members, but also provides valuable feedback from Technical and Aestheic judges to cheesemakers who have entered their products into the competition.


ACS offers two industry certifications: ACS Certified Cheese Professional® and ACS Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator™. These certifications are designed to recognize and elevate the skills and expertise of industry professionals. Learn more about the benefits of ACS Certification.

Webinar Series

The ACS Webinar Series offers timely and topical online presentations for members. View upcoming webinars on the ACS Event Calendar. Watch previous webinars on ACS Webinar Series page. Interested in presenting, or have a topic you’d like to see covered? Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis- learn more about webinar guidelines and expectations, and submit your proposal.

Fireside Chats

We know that it’s easy to feel disconnected from our cheese community these days so we’re coming to you! Every Friday ACS Executive Director, Karen Lundquist will host guests, talk resources, answer questions, and share your stories on Instagram Live. See upcoming guests and view previous sessions and tune into our Instagram page every Friday at 3:00 p.m. MT to join Karen and her guest.