ACS Certified Cheese Professionals® and ACS Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluators® are required to renew their certification with ACS every three years by demonstrating continued professional development in the cheese industry. After the three-year period, candidates must submit evidence of continuing education and involvement in the cheese industry.

2021 Recertification Period Has Not Yet Opened

The recertification application period to will open soon. Eligible applicants will receive an email from ACS, with a link to apply.

Recertification Requirements

Certified Cheese Professionals® applying for recertification must demonstrate:

  • A total of one-thousand (1,000) hours of any combination of paid or unpaid work experience and formal education, continuing education, or professional development in the cheese industry.


  • At ACS’s sole discretion, CCPs® and CCSEs® may be required to complete continuing education credits to be eligible to recertify. CCPs® and CCSEs® will be notified via email, CheeseBytes, and Facebook of continuing education requirements and reasonable advanced notice will be given.


The 2021 recertification deadline will be announced soon.


The fee to recertify is $75 (USD). This fee is waived if an applicant has attended at least one ACS Conference in the past 3 years.

Apply for Recertification

Applications for recertification will be accepted online in the fall of the year the Certification expires.

Class Next Year Required to Recertify
2012 2021, 2024
2013 2022, 2025
2014 2020, 2023
2015 2021, 2024
2016 2022, 2025
2017 2020, 2023
2018 2021, 2024
2019 2022, 2025
2020 2023, 2026