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2017 Cheese Study Group Schedule Set

The most special day of my cheese career occurred in 2013 when I received an email congratulating me on passing the ACS CCP exam®. It followed the most terrifying day of my cheese career when I sat in Madison, Wisconsin to take the exam. No longer a young chick (but still feeling like one), it was the first major exam in more than forty years… pretty damn scary… I am competitive by nature and losing is not something I do with a lot of grace. Had I not passed, I would have been devastated… thankfully I passed…

As much as I hate to admit it, I once tossed a Monopoly game into a burning fire when my younger brother (RIP – always in my thoughts) beat the crap out of me at the game… not one of my finer moments (I was a crazy teenager) and man did it piss off Miss Anne and The Tall Guy aka my mom and dad (RIP – and again, always in my thoughts)… but I digress.

The period to apply for the 2017 ACS CCP® is now open and you can apply at the ACS Website by clicking here. The 2017 Exam will take place in Denver, Colorado on July 26th, immediately before the 2017 ACS Conference, Cheese With Altitude.

To quote the ACS Website:

Pat Polowsky, ACS CCP

“Highest Standard for Cheese Professionals The ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam (ACS CCP® Exam) – the only exam of its kind – encourages improved standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service, offering professionals in the cheese industry the opportunity to earn the distinguished title of ACS Certified Cheese Professional®, or ACS CCP®.

The letters ACS CCP designate that an individual has acquired thorough knowledge and the level of expertise that is demanded within the cheese industry.”

In 2015, I created a Facebook Cheese Study Group to assist candidates in preparing for the 150 multiple-choice exam and each year articles and links are posted in the group to assist you in this most honorable of “Cheese Quests”.

You can join us on Facebook by clicking here.

Jill Davis, ACS CCP

2017 Facebook Cheese Study Group Schedule: I have created the following schedule which is book-ended by the closing of CCP® application period on March 31st and the CCP® exam in Denver on July 26th.

(This FB group is neither sanctioned by nor connected with the American Cheese Society. The Administrators/Guest Professionals and myself are CCPs® and/or cheese/wine/beer experts who want to assist with the study process to assure everyone sitting for the exam succeeds. I am not an ACS Authorized Educator because the yearly fee is beyond my means since I share my knowledge freely and have no avenue to recoup the yearly fees required. )

Each domain study period will be 10 days in length and will be led by CCPs® and other Cheese Professionals who have graciously agreed to donate time and energy to assist all the 2017 candidates and those who wish to increase their cheese IQ.

Shari Allen, ACS CCP

April 3-12: Domain 1 – Raw Materials for Cheesemaking – CCP® Pat Polowsky of Cheese Science Toolkit will lead this discussion. Great newsletter and accurate information!!!

April 13-22: Domain 2 – Cheesemaking Processes – Discussion Leader: ACS CCP® Jessica Reichert, Murray’s Cheese Master at Kings Sooper in Colorado. She will be assisted by Cheesemakers, Alexander Kast, Cheesemaker at Goat Lady Dairy of North Carolina  and ACS CCP® Brian Gilbert of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. who will be available for Q&A and information.

April 23-May 2: Domain 3 – Affinage CCPs® Sheri A. Allen of Artisanal Touch Events and Erin Clancy of Good Eggs will lead this discussion.

May 3-7: Domain 4 – Cheese Storage and Transportation – CCP® Jill Weinberger Davis of Murray’s Cheese will lead this

Erin Clancy ACS CCP

discussion topic. ACS CCP® Marcella Wright will assist.

May 8-14: Domain 5 – Cheese Merchandising and Marketing – CCP® Elizabeth Nerud of Hy-Vee will lead this discussion.

May 15-22: Review of Domains 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 – CCP® Marcella Wright will lead the review.

May 23-June 1: Domain 6 – Cheese Types and Categories – CCPs® Sheri A. Allen and Miranda McQuillan of Miranda’s Culture Club will lead this discussion. Due to the size of this domain there will be additional participants including myself. Others will be announced as set.

June 2-June 11: Domain 7 – Cheese Assessment and Evaluation – CCP® Allin Tallmadge of Tallmadge Artisan Cheese will lead this domain discussion.

James Danforth, ACS CCP

June 12-21: Domain 8 – Cheese Service – CCP® James Danforth of Murray’s Cheese will lead this discussion. We will have other experts participating with wine and beer pairing suggestions.

June 22- July 2: Domain 9 – Regulations and Regulators – Discussion Leader to be announced. Michael Kalish of Cheese Twins fame will be available for Q&A during this discussion period.

Allin Tallmadge ACS CCP

July 3-21: Review and Q&A – I will be leading the review period but all of our domain leaders will be participating and available to answer questions. This review period will also include a Math section that covers the math portion of the exam – what you should know.

Q&A participants: CCP® Janelle Libertone – Purchasing – Non-Perishables at 365 for Whole Foods Market and Intern at Cheese School of San Francisco.

Alexander Kast, Cheesemaker at Goat Lady Dairy, NC, will be joining us during Domain 2: Cheesemaking Processes.

Liz Nerud, ACS CCP

Janet Fletcher during Domain 8 to answer questions re Wine and Cheese Pairings via email.

Michael Kalish of Cheese Twins and The Food Channel star with brother, Charlie will be available during Domain 9.

July 24 or 25: Denver live review sessions – details to be announced closer to date.

Beginning April 1, we will post a “Cheese of the Day” daily with information about cheeses that you need to know and might be part of the exam. Any member of the FB group is welcome to post a Cheese of the Day, especially CCPs®… which means we may have more than one “Cheese of the Day” some days.

Between now and April 3rd when we begin our studies, you can get started by checking out the following articles and lists of links:

Adam Burstein, ACS CCP

Our Facebook Study Group will begin the first week of April with Domain One and continue with one domain each week and conclude with recaps for two to four weeks. Recaping will include lots of Q&A.

For a complete list of the 740 ACS CCPs®, click here.

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