Certified Pommelier™ EXAM | Grand Rapids, MI
WHAT IS THE CERTIFIED POMMELIER™ EXAM? As part of their mission, USACM is dedicated to promoting cider education. One way to fufill this mission is through the Certified Cider Professional Program--a program aimed at educating the front-line of cider sales (distributors, retailers, bar tenders and more!). The intro-level certification is an online test that can be taken at any time. The more advanced level of certification--the Certified Pommelier™ exam--is a sit-down hand-written exam: part short answer, part essay questions, and part sensory and taste evaluation questions. If you scroll down, you will find several study resources to prep for the exam, including a detailed study guide. Certified Pommeliers™ must have a fundamental understanding of the topics covered in Level 1, but at a deeper, more detailed level. The exam consists of five types of questions: short answer, fill in the blank, matching, essay and sensory (based on tasting). The test is meant to be challenging. Studying is highly recommended. The topics covered in the exam are: Apples, the Orchard & History, Cider Making, Flavor & Evaluation, Cider Styles (US and Europe), Keeping & Serving, Food & Cider. If a test-taker passes only the written or only the tasting portion of the exam, they are permitted the opportunity to retake the un-passed portion of the exam at a future date (within 18 months). WHY BECOME A CERTIFIED POMMELIER™? Cider is a beautifully nuanced beverage with a diverse set of styles not well understood by many food and beverage professionals. Certifications are increasingly used in the professional realm to set oneself apart as an individual wtih specialized knowledge, though cider is often covered in a cursory manner by most certification programs, if at all. Although there are already more than 1,000 Level 1 certified cider professionals, being recognized as a Certified Pommelier™ will put you in the vanguard of verified advanced cider specialists in this ever growing category. HOW MUCH DOES THE TEST COST? For USACM members, the exam is $125 per attempt. For non-members, the exam is $200. If you are a USACM member and wish to register with the discount, please register with Ellen Husch. Should it be needed, test takers can re-take future written or tasting portions of the exam at a separate sitting with a 25% discount. FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? YES- You must be 21 or older and you must provide an ID to prove you are who you say you are. Do I need to pass the level 1 CCP exam to take the Certified Pommelier™ test? Yes. Passing the Level 1 CCP exam is a prerequisite. What can I bring into the event? Nothing may be brought into the exam room. Cell phones must be left at the door. Pencils and drinking water will be provided. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please contact CCP contributor and Grand Rapids proctor, Darlene Hayes. What's the refund policy? We will refund test takers up until May 10, 2019. Event Brite doesn't give us the option to issue refunds through the system so checks will be issued. Is there a training workshop? No. This is not a workshop, but an exam only. Visit our website for training materials. STUDY! Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? If you are transferring registration to another person, please email us in advance. Is there a tasting section on the tast? Yes. You will be asked to ID ciders to the USACM style guide and basic cider flaws (see study guide for a list) as well as identifying the country of traditional European styles. How long does the test take? It takes most students 2-3 hours to complete.
710 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI