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.

2020 Webinar Programming

Turning to creating online education tailored to cheesemakers, the Education Committee focused on transforming conference content into online references. Listening closely to the community, a blend of cheese science, timely topics, and business savvy edifies maker, monger and retailer alike. With hundreds attending live, the webinars are also archived for member reference, with more than 1,000 views accumulating in a few short months.

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.


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.


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.

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.