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CDR provides short courses to enhance many dairy-related skillsets.

Short Courses

CDR offers more than 20 short courses for dairy employees each year. With more than 1100 dairy professionals attending our courses from around the globe, the impact is real, as more than 85% of all US Cheese Championship Contest winners and 56% of the World Cheese Championship winners have graduated from CDR short courses.

Dairy Proteins

Dairy Protein Beverages
Dairy Ingredient Applications


Buttermaking Fundamentals
Buttermaking Comprehensive
Buttermakers License Apprenticeship


Certificate in Dairy Processing
Dairy Ingredient Manufacturing

Cultured Dairy Products

Cultured Dairy Products

Food Safety and Quality

Food Safety (HACCP)
Dairy Food Fraud

Take a Tour of CDR’s New Auditorium and Training Lab

Take a Tour of CDR’s New Applications Lab

Customized Trainings

Considering a customized training course for your staff? CDR experts are here to help. From cheese grading to understanding cultured products; from preparing staff to take the cheesemakers license exam to training your non technical staff on the basics of cheese and dairy manufacturing, we can provide options to meet your needs.


Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Program

A unique opportunity for higher education

Established in collaboration with the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Program provides a unique learning opportunity for experienced Wisconsin cheesemakers. It is the only program of its kind in the United States.

Cheese, Butter, or Graders Licenses

Where do I find information on how to obtain my license?

In Wisconsin, all cheese and butter makers as well as cheese graders must obtain their license from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP). A list of requirements for each license can be found on the WDATCP website.