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. You can meet our Certified Pommeliers™ here.

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Sign up for the Certified Pommelier™ Exam to be held in CiderCon® 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. The exam will take place February 1, 2023 at 8:30am at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

You must have passed the Level 1 Certified Cider Professional (CCP) test to register for the Certified Pommelier™ exam. You can learn more and purchase the Level 1 CCP study guide and exam bundle HERE!

ACA Members can find their Discount Code here!

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About Our Certification Exams

Test questions for both exams fall into seven categories:

  1. Apples, the Orchard & History
  2. Cidermaking
  3. Evaluation
  4. Families & Flavor
  5. Keeping & Serving
  6. Food & Cider
  7. Social Responsibility
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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.

Purchase your Level 1 bundle today!

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.

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Certified Pommelier™

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This exam is taken in person. It consists of short answer and essay questions and a blind sensory evaluation portion. The price is $275 for non-members and American Cider Association members receive a discount with the exam costing $200. Price now includes access to a pre-recorded introductory webinar to the updated sensory form and sample sensory forms from key cider regions. The webinar can be accessed at any point to prepare for your exam.

If you are looking for more practice with the sensory evaluation portion of the exam, we recommend the following webinars:

Pathway to Pommelier: Pre-Recorded Sensory Analysis with Ploughman CIder is now available. The Dornick and Stayman Winesap ciders in the webinar can be purchased in 4-packs from Ploughman Cider. *Are you an ACA member? Link to member pricing can be found by clicking the link below.

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.

*Please note that the ciders featured in these webinars were canned in 2021. The specific ciders and/or year of canning might no longer be available. Same branded ciders from different canning years might have distinguishable differences in key sensory elements.

Enjoy access to the pre-recorded sensory analysis webinar and sensory evaluation forms for you to use to test your knowledge while sipping the Phonograph Harvest Ciders from South Hill Cider.

You can order your ciders from the Phonograph Harvest Ciders website.

Please note that the ciders featured in this webinar were canned in 2021. The specific ciders and/or year of canning might no longer be available. Same branded ciders from different canning years might have distinguishable differences in key sensory elements.

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.

Want to learn more about what inspires folks to become a Certified Pommelier™? Get to know our Certified Pommeliers™ on their webpage. You can find it here.

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