USDEC Partnered with NKUHT to Launch USA Cheese Specialist™ Certification Program

November 19, 2018
AIT Press Release #: PR-1844


The American Institute in Taiwan is pleased to announce the launch of USA Cheese Specialist™ Certification Program in Taiwan.  This program is an industry-academic partnership between the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT).  Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement the program, with an aim to teach up-and-coming food industry professionals about cheese.

“The establishment of the USA Cheese Specialist™ Certification Program is clear recognition of the importance of the Taiwan market to U.S. industry.  We believe it will be instrumental in bringing about a new-generation of cheese professionals.  I am also honored to support this effort that will bring the U.S. dairy industry and Taiwan food industry closer together.” said Chris Frederick, Director of Agricultural Trade Office, American Institute in Taiwan.

Designed for both foodservice and retail, this new global training—the USA Cheese Specialist™ Certification Program—consists of three, progressive certification levels (Associate, Intermediate and Master).  Upon completion of all three courses, graduates will receive the designation of USA Cheese Specialist™ which they will be able to proudly display with a sew-on patch for their uniform.  They will also be inducted into the global USA Cheese Specialist community, with a lifetime membership to the USA Cheese Guild which provides members continued access to valuable resources to keep them engaged and connected to the U.S. cheese industry throughout their careers.  The program is scheduled to launch in 2019 in Taiwan.