Become a Certified Cider Professional
Hard cider’s popularity has dramatically increased in the last several years, but that doesn't mean the food and beverage community understands this exciting beverage category. That's why we've created a way for food and alcohol industry professionals to prove their cider knowledge through our Certified Cider Professional program (CCP).
There are two levels of certification. Level 1 CCP is designed for people who would benefit from a deeper but still introductory level of cider knowledge. The more advanced Certified PommelierTM test covers more in depth on cider knowledge, including sensory evaluation.
Test questions for both exams fall into seven categories:
- Apples, the Orchard & History
- Families & Flavor
- Keeping & Serving
- Food & Cider
- Social Responsibility
About the Tests
1) Level 1 CCP : The first level CCP qualifier is offered as an online exam. The exam is 60 questions long in multiple choice format. You must score 85% to pass, and you get two attempts per exam fee in a 30-day period. The exam comes in a test-prep bundle that includes a study guide and an on-demand training webinar. Learn more about the CCP Level 1 Bundle here.
2) Certified PommelierTM: This exam is taken in person. It consists of short answer and essay questions and a blind sensory evaluation portion. The price is $200 for non-members and American Cider Association members receive a discount with the exam costing $125.
If you are looking for more practice with the sensory evaluation portion of the exam, we recommend the following workshops. Both Stormalong and Eden cider can be purchased from their websites, and the ciders featured in the Eden workshop are also available on Press then Press.
There are several books that will also help you further develop your understanding of cider, apples and history. We have created an Amazon wishlist with our recommended reading list. You can access this list by clicking here.
CONTACT: Have questions about CCP? Are you interested in a custom training for your organization or learning more about bulk exam prices? Please reach out to our Cider Education Manager, Jennie Dorsey.
Ready to become a Certified Cider Professional?
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NOTE: A password is required for American Cider Association members to access the CCP Level 1 exam. You can find the password on the discounts section of the ACA member page after logging into your account. Need help? Contact Jennie.
SAVE THE DATE
Sign up for the Certified Pommelier™ Exam at CiderCon® 2022 in Richmond, Virginia. The exam will take place February 2, 2022 at 9:00am at the Marriott Hotel, 500 E Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219. You do not have to purchase CiderCon® tickets to take the exam.