Nevada City, CA (September 2, 2016) – Wheyward Girl Creamery is proud to announce that owner Barbara Jenness is among the 2016 class of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals® (ACS CCPs®). Barbara is part of an elite group of 155 individuals who passed the 6th ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam, which was held July 27, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. ACS CCPs® now total 740 individuals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. For a full list of ACS CCPs®, visit

The ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam is the first and only exam of its kind. It was launched by the American Cheese Society in 2012 to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service for professionals in all areas of the industry. The exam is based on the knowledge and skills required to successfully perform cheese-related tasks in jobs across the industry. Testing encompasses a broad range of topics including raw ingredients, the cheesemaking process, storing and handling cheese, selecting distributors, marketing and communicating about cheese, nutrition, regulations, and sanitation.Wheyward Girl Barbara Jenness

The ACS Certified Cheese Professional® program has been featured by such media outlets as NPR’s All Things Considered, Zagat, The San Francisco Chronicle, Crain’s New York, The Baltimore Sun, The Wall Street Journal, and many more. “We congratulate these individuals on this tremendous professional accomplishment. We are incredibly proud of the cheese professionals who have earned the designation of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional®,” said Nora Weiser, Executive Director of the American Cheese Society. “The level of understanding and professionalism that ACS CCPs® bring to the industry benefits everyone from the cheesemaker to the consumer, and elevates an already thriving artisan cheese industry to an entirely new level.”

“As a CCP, I would like to thank everyone I have met along my cheese journey, as they have all contributed to this. I appreciate the support and encouragement of my staff and customers,” said Barbara Jenness.

Each ACS CCP® receives an official lapel pin, embroidered patch, and a certificate, along with the right to call themselves an ACS Certified Cheese Professional® or ACS CCP®. ACS CCPs® are required to demonstrate continued active participation and professional development within the industry to maintain their credentials, and they must recertify every three years.

To learn more about the Certified Cheese Professional® Exam, visit

About the American Cheese Society (ACS)
ACS is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. At nearly 1,700 members strong, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for cheesemakers, retailers, enthusiasts, and extended industry. ACS strives to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in the Americas.