The '''Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)''' is a program to "promote beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills." ([http://www.bjcp.org/ BJCP 2006]). BJCP was founded in 1985 with exams given at the American Homebrewers Association annual conference, and now has a substantial program to certify and rank beer judges worldwide. BJCP has a detailed examination and monitoring process in place to certify beer judges that judge beer competitions worldwide. The BJCP also produces a detailed beer, cider and mead [[Beer Styles|style]] guideline that is designed for judging beer but is also a useful tool for homebrewers targeting a particular beer style.