For those of us living in rural areas, access to a local professional chocolate education is not an option. Luckily, there is a professional, online program available. Ecole chocolat has an intensive, part-time professional chocolatier program that is taken 100% online over a three month period.
The curriculum prepares you for production of fine chocolate bonbons and bars. It includes chocolate history, industry and product knowledge, physiology of taste as it relates to recipe development, professional production techniques for bonbons and bars as well as marketing and operation issues involved in opening a chocolate business. Students completing the program will receive a certificate of achievement.
The cost for the professional chocolatier program is $595. Classes normally begin in January, April, and September each year. The classes do fill up, so if you are interested you may want to register early.
In addition to the professional chocolatier program, Ecole Chocolat offers other programs such as chocolate making, quality assurance, and master chocolatier.