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Chocolate Quality and Shelf Life Program

Chocolate Quality and Shelf Life for Chocolatiers

Our self-paced 100% online Chocolate Quality & Shelf Life for Chocolatiers Program is all about science – the science of producing a quality product, handling and storing it properly and knowing its keeping limits. Shelf life has become even more important as more businesses are shipping products to their customers. We also discuss food safety regulations and labeling standards in depth, especially as they relate to standards, nutrition, dietary restrictions and traceability.


Next Session: September 20 - November 1, 2024

$390.00 US funds for US and International Residents
$390.00 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.



Testing Chocolate Quality

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).

Chocolate Recipe Development
Molding Chocolate
Making Perfect Chocolates

Your Learning Experience

When is the Chocolate Quality & Shelf Life Program offered during the year?

We offer sessions of the program starting in January 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.

How do we teach chocolate making online?

Click here for a more information about our learning experience.

Our faculty

Click here to read more about our instructors and tutors.

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.

Ecole Chocolat

What our graduates have to say

“This is the second class I have taken with ecolechocolat. One of the things I really appreciate about your classes, is you don't just feed the student answers, you provide and guide with information for the student to think things through. That being said, I am not a very 'science smart' person and for me I feel like this only started me thinking... mainly just realizing how ignorant I am on the subject. I did learn things I need to extend the shelf life of my bonbons.”
Jane, '23 Graduate

“Yes. I gained a lot of knowledge. This was an amazing course. I think clarifications on HACCP, AW were the strengths.”
Seema, '23 Graduate

“Yes, Kerry was very knowledgeable and was able to answer my questions. The curriculum was laid out exceptionally. Yes. I have much more confidence in understanding shelf life and safety conditions in my kitchen. The depth of information! It was so much more than I thought I even needed.”
Amanda, '23 Graduate

More comments from our graduates

Cancellation policy

You can cancel from the Chocolate Quality & Shelf Life 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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Photography by Jessica Washburn, Bliss Chocolatier and Ecole Chocolat

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