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Professional Chocolatier Program

Are you curious about making chocolates, but not sure where to start?

The Professional Chocolatier Program will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to make delicious chocolates and confections, right in your own kitchen. This intensive part-time program in chocolate making is delivered 100% online over a three-month period. There are no set times that you have to be online, so you can learn without "re-engineering" your work and personal life. We take all the intimidation out of working with chocolate - our expert team of instructors and tutors are with you every step of the way. Want to develop vegan, plant-based, or recipes that fulfill other dietary desires? With our programs, you'll learn everything you need to know to create the products you want. How do we teach chocolate making online?


Next program: January 13 - April 14, 2023.

Professional Chocolatier Program Registration Fee:

$750.00 US or CAD funds (plus GST for Canadian Residents)

Or, want to get started on your chocolate business plan?

Professional Chocolatier Program PLUS Registration Fee:

$945.00 USD or CAD (plus GST for Canadian Residents)

With the Professional Chocolatier Program PLUS, you add the Business Plan Program at $195.00 – a $50.00 savings. This also gives you another four weeks in the Professional Chocolatier curriculum for extra study and research while you take the Business Plan curriculum.

Note: These registration fees do not include ingredients or equipment. These extra supplies could cost approximately $200 US depending on what small equipment you already own.

NEW STUDENTS, to register for either program, click here: NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION

Ecole Chocolat STUDENTS OR GRADUATES, to register for either program, click here: REGISTRATION

Learn to make chocolates

What Will I Learn?

Understanding chocolate

  • Develop a shopping list of chocolate-making suppliers for all ingredients and equipment.
  • Research chocolate crystallization and practice tempering techniques – the building blocks of chocolate work.
  • Understand the issues around cocoa sustainability and social justice in order to make chocolate sourcing choices that align with your values.

Physiology of taste

  • Understand the chemistry of chocolate in order to create successful chocolate recipes.
  • Learn modern decorating techniques and experiment in preparation for recipe development.

Technique and production

  • Learn and practice working with chocolate (including chocolate tempering, dipping, decorating and molding).
  • Produce a number of chocolate recipes such as chocolate truffles and other bonbons (filled chocolates).

Developing a "plan of action"

  • Source your ingredients, equipment and packaging so you'll know the suppliers available to you.
  • Understand how to set up your operation to maximize production, efficiency and profitability.
  • Identify market need in order to position your products successfully for your target market.

Click here to see the curriculum of the optional Business Plan Module

Piping chocolate bonbons
Using a chocolate enrobing machine
Tempering chocolate

Your Learning Experience

When is the Professional Chocolatier Program offered during the year?

We offer sessions of the program starting in January, March or April (depending on Easter date) 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.

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What our graduates have to say

EC Graduate Alexandra Clark talks about starting her business in the embedded video above.

“My expectations were exceeded. I wasn't expecting the course to be as detailed as it was. I definitely walked away after the completion of it with a vast history and knowledge of chocolate that I value and appreciate. It was also nice to meet others on a similar journey to discuss assignments - it made online learning easier to have others to bat ideas around with. I gained a thorough understanding of chocolate and its temperament, and what's required to be a successful chocolatier.”
Katherine, April '22 Graduate

“Honestly, I was expecting videos of techniques, tips, and lots of inspiration. This program did not disappoint! The videos were exceedingly helpful and I appreciated the little tips and tricks added by the tutors. Having everyone post their assignment was helpful in that I got to understand how others approach different challenges. Overall, this course exceeded my expectations and has given me so much appreciation for on-line instruction and learning. ”
Karen, April '22 Graduate

“yes, all my expectations we were highly met. I had been planning on taking your course for years and I finally did it and it was so worth the wait. I have learned so much about the world of chocolate and now I can share my love of chocolate with people. You provided a world of information that I would never be able to find myself on the internet. I appreciated the comments in the grading section to help me in the future.”
Diane, April '22 Graduate

More comments from our graduates

Home chocolate artisans!

Want to become an expert in chocolate work, but not interested in starting a business? We offer the Chocolate Technique and Flavor Stream within the Professional Chocolatier Program. Click here for more information

Cancellation policy

You can cancel from the Professional Chocolatier 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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