The purpose of the Beer Judge Certification Program is to: Encourage knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the world's diverse beer, mead, and cider styles; Promote, recognize, and advance beer, mead, and cider tasting, evaluation, and communication skills; and Develop standardized tools, methods, and processes for the structured evaluation, ranking and feedback of beer, mead, and cider. We certify and rank beer judges through an examination and monitoring process, sanction competitions, and provide educational resources for current and future judges. The BJCP was founded in 1985 and has administered the Beer Judge Examination to 11,769 individuals worldwide.