Ecole Chocolat Programs

If you are a chocolate fan and want to explore starting a chocolate career or business, we have a program that fits your needs.

One of the first questions you have to consider is whether you are interested in becoming a chocolatier, or a chocolate maker?

What is the difference between chocolate makers and chocolatiers?

First of all, these professions need very different knowledge and skill sets.

Chocolate makers manufacture chocolate from dried cacao beans using specific equipment such as a roaster, grinder, refiner mill, conch and tempering machine. Their finished product is pure chocolate – usually in bar form.

Chocolatiers source and blend that pure chocolate, made by the chocolate maker(s), for specific properties and flavor profiles from which to develop recipes for their own unique bonbons, confections and bars.

The same is true in other food industries – a baker doesn't own a flour mill to make the flour that she needs to make her products. It's the miller who buys wheat grain and mills it into flour. The baker then buys flour from the mill to make her cakes. The mill and the baker are two different kinds of businesses, but partners in the process of turning grain into flour and then into cakes and cookies. Or another analogy comes from fashion - there are companies that make fabric, and designers that use that fabric to make clothes.


We have a different program for each of these professions.

Professional chocolatier

The Professional Chocolatier Program is an intensive, part-time program in chocolate techniques delivered 100% online over a three-month period. The curriculum prepares you for consistent production of fine chocolate bonbons, confections and bars. We begin with an in-depth understanding of chocolate, then move from that foundation into professional production skills, modern decoration techniques, equipment and supply sourcing, and production issues involved in opening a chocolate business. Learn More about our Chocolatier Program

Chocolate maker

The two-month, 100% online Chocolate Making from the Bean Program is about manufacturing your own chocolate from the dried cacao beans. Whether you want to start a chocolate-manufacturing business from scratch or are a chocolatier who is considering making your own base chocolate for your products, this program will be extremely helpful. The curriculum covers all the issues, from sourcing beans, creating your chocolate flavor profile and manufacturing dried cacao beans into pure chocolate. Learn More about our Chocolate Maker Program

Chocolatier program PLUS

The Professional Chocolatier Program PLUS combines our Professional Chocolatier curriculum with the addition of the Business Plan Program at $145.00 - a $50.00 savings. This also allows you another four weeks in the Professional Chocolatier curriculum for extra study and research while you take the Business Plan curriculum. During the Business Plan program, students focus each week on a different section of the plan: management, marketing, operations and finance. Learn More

Chocolate maker program PLUS

The Chocolate Making from the Bean Program PLUS combines our chocolate maker curriculum with the addition of the Business Plan Program at $145.00 - a $50.00 savings. This also allows you another four weeks in the Chocolate Making from the Bean curriculum for extra study and research while you take the Business Plan curriculum. During the Business Plan program, students focus each week on a different section of the plan: management, marketing, operations and finance. Learn More

Graduate programs

The Graduate Chocolate Programs are the next step forward for graduates who want to advance their skills with an experience in using professional equipment and learning techniques for the production of chocolates in larger volumes. Our current Graduate Chocolate programs are scheduled at different times of the year and in a variety of locations including: Canada, Hawaii, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Ecuador. Learn More

Questions?

We know you are asking "How can you teach chocolate making ONLINE?" With our team of instructors, comprehensive curriculum, and easy to use online learning platform, we've been doing exactly that since 2003. Learn more about how we teach chocolate making online!

If you have any questions about our programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’d love to hear from you.

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