Chocolate Quality Assurance Program


Quality Assurance

The 100% online Quality Assurance & Keeping Limits for Chocolatiers Program is all about science – the science of producing a quality product, handling and storing it properly and knowing its keeping limits. We also discuss food safety regulations and labeling standards in depth, especially as they relate to standards, nutrition, dietary restrictions and traceability.

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Next program: September 27 - November 8, 2019

$340.00 US funds for US and International Residents
$340.00 CAD funds for Canadian Residents plus GST

There are no supplies needed for this program but you will be asked to make one of your own chocolate recipes to complete a standing study and report on the results for one of your assignments.

If you are NOT currently an Ecole Chocolat student or graduate, please click here: NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION

Ecole Chocolat STUDENTS OR GRADUATES DO NO REGISTER HERE - instead click on LEARNING CENTRE And login to your current program or if you are a graduate, login to the Graduate Centre. Once IN your current program or Graduate Centre scroll down the center table of contents to the last module: Continuing Education. You will find the program overview link - click on that.

When is the Quality Assurance & Keeping Limits Program offered during the year?

We offer sessions of the program starting in February and September each year.

Is there a restriction on the number of students you take each session?

Even though the curriculum is online, we do cut off registrations when we reach the maximum number of students our instructor and online tutor feel they have adequate time to be able to work with properly.

TO ENSURE A SEAT IN THE PROGRAM, check the program date above to see if the current session is still open. When the program is full, we change the program date to the future session.

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What Will I learn?

Production quality assurance

  • Understand HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).
  • Learn about global food safety standards and both product labeling and nutritional labeling requirements.

Food chemistry, recipe development and food safety

  • Develop your own chocolate and ingredient specification checklist and inventory control systems for traceability.
  • Review safety standards for recipe development and production techniques.

Determining shelf life of bonbons and confections

  • Gain knowledge in the common shelf-life issues for chocolatiers.
  • Discuss the role, or not, of preservatives both natural and synthetic used to extend the keeping limits.
  • Perform your own recipe evaluation (with standing study results, including keeping limit recommendations).
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Your Learning Experience

How do we teach chocolate making online?

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Our faculty

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Class assessment

Students will be assessed by completion of assignments throughout the program.


Students completing the program with a score of 70% or more will receive an Ecole Chocolat Certificate of Achievement.

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Graduate reviews

"Absolutely and far beyond my expectations :) the great amount of in-depth lectures , references and exercises were thought provoking while learning and experiencing hands on with the standing study as well.  The chefs table and graded forums were fantastic and gave even more opportunities to learn from each other as well.  Our tutor was also fantastic, approachable with questions and help." Jodi, January '19 Graduate

“Yes. I had only a vague notion of the quality assurance needs for chocolate so my expectations were correspondingly vague - but I wanted to understand the needs for our small-scale chocolate business. I feel I have a much clearer understanding of this as a result of the course.”
Anne, Sept. ‘18 Graduate

“The researches were awesome! I love the exchanges of ideas with other classmates and the feedback that I get from Kerry ”
Hannah Lyn, Jan. ‘18 Graduate

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Cancellation policy

You can cancel from the Quality Assurance & Keeping Limits Program up to three days before the start of the program. A refund of your registration fee, minus a 10% administration fee, may take approximately 10 working days to process. Because our programs are usually full, and in order to make sure all students are committed, on the start date of your program your registration fee becomes non-refundable and non-transferable to another session (except in extraordinary circumstances).

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