We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions for the program. If you have additional questions about the program, be sure to reach out to our team at 802-656-2085 or submit the inquiry form available on this site.

Do I need any prior knowledge of cheesemaking or are there any prerequisites for the Certificate?

No, this is a foundational course and students do not need prior knowledge.

How will sensory evaluation work in this program?

Students will source up to 4 artisan cheeses locally at a price point of their choosing. Find a store that offers a good selection of fresh American and European cheeses, such as a specialty food store, local food co-op, or local grocery (chain) store.

What is the weekly time commitment for the course?

Most students spend about 10 hours per week on the coursework.

I am a busy professional. What are the requirements for the online program?

We understand how busy you are and also how hectic life can be. Our professional certificate program and individual modules are 100% online. Modules are released every Wednesday, and you’ll have flexibility in your access to course material at any time or day. There are two live sessions in the program, but those will be recorded and can be viewed at a later time.

Can the program be taken from anywhere, including outside the US?

Yes! We love it when we have students from other countries enrolling in our courses. Our Artisan Cheese & Sensory Evaluation Professional Certificate is 100% online.

Are there any live sessions that are part of the program?

Yes, there will be two live sessions, one at the end of Module 1 and the other at the end of Module 4.

Is there an internship or hands-on-experience that comes with this program?

No, but students are welcome to use the career centers that include internships and jobs in American Cheese Society and the Vermont Cheese Council career centers.

Are payment plans available?

Payment plans are not currently available for this program. Tuition must be paid in full two weeks prior to beginning the program.

What is the payment policy for this program?

Students may register by paying the full program fee online via credit card or by calling us at 802-656-8407 to make a partial payment of $500. Should you make a partial payment, the remaining amount must be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the start of this offering. If payment is not received by then, you will automatically be dropped from the course the following business day. Refunds will be issued less a $25.00 cancellation fee.

What is the refund policy for this program?

If you need to cancel your attendance, you must notify us via email at noncredit@uvm.edu or call us at (802) 656-8407 at least three business days prior to the start date of the course to receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. If a medical condition necessitates cancellation/withdrawal (documentation provided), this will be reviewed by our Studies Committee for any type of refund.