We hope that the following information will help you understand our programs and gain reasonable expectations of what is possible based on the knowledge and techniques you acquire with us.
How much can I learn about chocolate making online?
Many years of experience in online education has taught us that you can learn a lot! Adult learners taking online programs find that the ability to schedule their studies into a busy lifestyle – instead of trying to fit their life around a classroom session – provides them with more opportunity to actually "study" and learn. Our online chocolate-making curriculum is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and at no specific time do you have to be sitting in front of your computer.
A one- or two-hour session is perfect to enhance retention of the material and techniques. We understand that if you enroll in a program, you have committed your hard-earned time and money to this chocolate making program. So we want to give you the opportunity to get the most out of the curriculum and succeed in your career goals.
Our Learning Centre is robust and delivers the lectures, technique instructions and case studies in an easy-to-use format. In addition, it also features activities such as forums, chats, glossaries, polls and questionnaires, all of which enhance your learning experience and encourage communication among all participants.
And we do mean robust! Our program curriculum contains anywhere from 75 - 122 learning activities to make sure you develop the expertise you need.
What are the opportunities for someone trained as a chocolatier or chocolate maker?
You have many choices once you complete the chocolate making program:
I've been making chocolates at home for friends and family and want to become more expert in my techniques. Is there a program for me at Ecole Chocolat?
If you want to become an expert in chocolate work but aren't interested in starting a business, we offer the Chocolate Technique and Flavor Stream as part of the Professional Chocolatier Program. You'll get the same intensive learning experience, but will not be required to complete the business-focused assignments. Students completing this stream will receive a Certificate of Achievement in Chocolate Technique. Simply register for the Professional Chocolatier Program and then opt for this stream by completing only certain assignments during the program.
How do the Ecole Chocolat programs compare to others in curriculum and cost?
Here we have listed the websites of other educational programs that focus on professional chocolate making to give you an opportunity to compare. If there are other professional chocolate making programs that we should know about, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other training organizations which offer professional chocolate-making courses:
How much time each week will I need to set aside to study in the program?
We have organized the readings, technique exercises and assignments for the average student to complete in approximately 8 hours each week. We wanted you to be able to study over one weekend session or by putting in about an hour each day. Our programs provide anywhere from 30 - 100+ hours of instruction, study, research and practice.
I have ethical/dietary restrictions. Will I still be able to make beautiful chocolates?
At Ecole Chocolat, we have seen an increase in the number of students interested in working with chocolate and making chocolate products that meet special needs for both ethical or dietary reasons. Our students and graduates work in organic, fair trade, sustainable and functional (i.e., low/no sugar, ingredient-enhanced, raw, no GMO, gluten-free, vegan, etc.). In our programs, working with a specialized chocolate need or want is not a problem. Click here for more....
Are Ecole Chocolat programs accredited?
Because our students plan to work or open businesses in many different countries around the globe, we have not sought accreditation in any jurisdiction, as it is too difficult to achieve when there are literally hundreds of different government-approval systems. Accreditation in Canada, for example, would be of no use to our graduates outside of that country. If you're looking for registration funding, a few students have been able to secure funding from their governmental agencies for a private professional culinary school, as that category of educational institutions fits within the guidelines of their programs. You would have to research your own government regulations to see what is available.
Our school has been delivering programs since 2003 and is recognized in the chocolate industry for the quality of our programs, providing many opportunities for our graduates.
Does Ecole Chocolat offer internship or job placement opportunities?
Yes. Our Master Chocolatier Programs offer you an opportunity to further train under the direction of a master chocolatier in a professional kitchen. We also have internship programs available to our graduates. Our strong ties in the fine chocolate industry mean that we receive periodic job postings for our graduates.
Is there support available for graduates of Ecole Chocolat programs?
Yes, we have an EC team member responsible for a number of support programs. Everything from encouraging students to get to know each other during the courses via the Chef's Tables and Chat Rooms . . . to answering questions long after graduation . . . to sponsoring the EC Graduate Centre with its very active and lively Graduate Forum . . . to searching out internship opportunities . . . to the Professional Tempering Machine Forum with help on the most important machine a chocolatier uses . . . to featuring our graduates in media releases and social media . . . to the Graduate Page on this website. As an EC graduate, you are always a member of our family.
"To me, your support of the graduates in so many different ways is such a 'value-add,' in addition to the solid foundation you give students in the chocolate arts." Anna, 2010 Graduate
When are your programs offered during the year?
Each year we offer sessions of our:
Professional Chocolatier Program starting January, March & August
Chocolate Making from the Bean Program starting March & September
Quality Assurance Program starting February & September
Business Plan for Chocolatiers Program starting January & July
The Master Chocolate Programs are offered periodically during the months of April/May and September/October except for the Master Chocolatier Program in Vancouver which is also offered in late February. These are the slow months in the chocolate industry calendar when the instructors for these special programs can take time to provide educational opportunities.
Is there a restriction on the number of students who can enroll in each online program?
Even though the curriculum is online, we do cut off registrations when we reach a number our instructor and online tutors feel they will have adequate time to work with properly. Our programs usually fill about a week before the date they start. TO ENSURE A SEAT IN THE PROGRAM, you should register with your payment at least a week before the program start date.
How did we get our name?
Ecole Chocolat is French and means in English "Chocolate School." How is Ecole Chocolat pronounced? Ecole = /ekol/ Chocolat = /shokola/
We list the cancellation policy for each program at the bottom of the program overview page and the program registration page.
Do I need to be a chef or have great cooking skills to enroll and excel?
No, you don't need special skills or qualifications. Our intensive curriculum in the chocolate making process takes you from basic skills to more advanced work at your own pace. Chocolate work involves very specific skills and techniques not used in other types of cuisine, so everyone starts at the same level, no matter how adept they are in the kitchen. Also, because you're working in your own kitchen, you have the opportunity to practice again and again – without time constraints – until you master the technique.
Will this "intensive part-time" program allow me to continue to work full time?
Yes. Our online Professional Chocolatier Program, Chocolate Making from the Bean Program and Quality Assurance Program were created with you in mind, whether you're a busy professional who puts in many hours on the job or a parent or spouse juggling multiple roles between family and work/volunteer responsibilities. You can fit your study times to your real-life schedule.
What our Graduates Have to Say
"Definitely exceeded my expectations, especially since I'm really new to this industry and had no idea what to expect. Initially, I was a little overwhelmed by all the information and since it's an online school, I wasn't sure how the information would be presented . . . but the modules and the breakdown of information in each section was very easy to follow." Sonja, Jan. '13 Graduate
"I'd gained a lot of knowledge already from my own research, but the course pulled everything together and filled in a lot of gaps. Having assignments that were practical and then involved writing up and reflecting on findings was new to me (I have a PhD in English Lit), but immensely valuable in gaining understanding of processes." Fiona, April '12 Graduate
"While I was a little hesitant before enrolling, I began researching chocolatiers online and Ecole Chocolat was mentioned by several. Your school has given me a strong foundation to start the planning process for my future business and insight into creating my own unique confections. Many thanks!" Esther, Jan. '11 Graduate