Frequently Asked Questions
Cheese State content and our three-part Field Guide course covers everything cheese from pasture to plate and was developed by industry experts like mongers, makers, and scientists. The curriculum includes lessons on cheese history and production from its ancient origin story to the basics of dairy farming to how cheese is produced today. Along the way, you’ll get deep dives into topics like microbiology, milk chemistry, affinage, sensory analysis, and food safety, plus practical lessons on cheese care, sales skills, and building a career in cheese.
Beyond the Field Guide, students will have access to the Cheese State University app, a virtual network of cheese professionals as well as counter coaching tips in The Turo Files video series, The Wisconsin Cheese Atlas, Student Union Blog with articles to inform and inspire, exclusive events, and much more.
Enrollees who complete the Field Guide have the option to test their knowledge with the Field Guide Assessment. If you pass, you’ll receive a snazzy diploma certifying you as a Cheese State Scholar.
In addition to bragging rights, Cheese State Scholars get access to alumni-only events and are eligible to attend our Cheese State Fellow and Cheese State Laureate courses when they become available. Think of these next-level, more advanced certificate programs like your Master’s and PhD in cheese expertise.
Test-taking can be stressful, but we want to set Cheese State students up for success. The Field Guide contains all the information you need to pass, including helpful illustrations and animations, videos, a glossary, and guest essays to bring lessons to life.
Once you’ve completed the Field Guide, you’ll be prompted to complete the 30-question test. You’ll have 30 minutes to finish the test, and a minimum of 24 right answers is a passing score. If you don’t pass the first time, don’t worry. You can try again once per day until you get it right. It’s a good idea to refer back to the Field Guide and review the questions you missed before you retake the test. We’re rooting for you!
Sadly, no. Cheese State University was designed specifically for cheese professionals, but we have a ton of fun stuff for the cheese-loving layperson to explore. Connect with Wisconsin cheesemakers and your fellow cheese fanatics in our Cheeselandia community. Dig into cheese trends, history, and more with our blog, The Cheese Life, and find delicious cheese-centric recipes here.
If you aren’t currently working with cheese professionally, as verified by your email address and job title, we’re unable to enroll you in Cheese State University and you will not receive a login.
If you are a cheese professional (culinary, retail, or distribution) and believe you have received this message by mistake, please give us a heads up at firstname.lastname@example.org.