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Course Description

Candle making is a craft as old as civilization itself, yet after so many millennia and technological advances, we still love the light, warmth, and beauty of a lit candle. Whether a seasoned artisan or a budding enthusiast, this course offers something for everyone interested in learning the craft of candle making. 

This course will open up for you the amazing array of possibilities that exist in your pursuit to create beautiful, functional, and sweet smelling candles. From basic molded and container designs, through the wonders of ice, chunk, votive, and the all-mysterious floating candles, you'll learn the easiest and safest ways to work with wax, wicks, and molds.


But this course doesn't stop with just making candles that are sure to impress your friends and family. Once you've learned how to design and craft your product using countless combinations of scent, color, and containers, you'll be given the tools and knowledge to take your journey on the final leg; candle making for profit through your own business.

The basics of building a niche candle market and targeting your marketing efforts to those that are naturally inclined to buy your candles will also be covered. You'll learn how to build a business plan and get the word out about your products. The nitty gritty of starting a business will be covered and you'll end with a thorough list of potential wholesale suppliers, candle making communities, and other resources for learning and sharing your new found passion.

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  • Lesson 1. The History of Candle Making

    Understanding the basics of this history helps us to appreciate more fully the true meaning of the power of a candle.
  • Lesson 2. Equipment

    Making candles does not have to be expensive and complex, but there are specific pieces of equipment that you need to get started.
  • Lesson 3. Safety and Your Wax Workplace

    The process of making candles can be dangerous and certain precautions need to be taken to ensure a safe and harmless experience.
  • Lesson 4. Wax, Wicks, and Additives

    It is important to understand the choices you have and which wax works best with which candle you plan on making.
  • Lesson 5. Step by Step Candle Making

    In this lesson you will learn a nine step process for making a molded candle.
  • Lesson 6. Handmade Rolled and Taper Candles

    Now that you have the basic molded candle down pat, it is time to move on to creative variations in your candle making repertoire.
  • Lesson 7. Color and Fragrance

    It is time to take your craft to the next level by adding color and scent.
  • Lesson 8. Overdipping, Cutouts, and Cracked Candles

    Cutouts and cracked candles are two examples of exciting new variations. By utilizing these new tools you will add a professional and artistic look to your craft.
  • Lesson 9. Container Candles and Gel Wax Variations

    In this lesson you will learn how to make candles out of most anything that can hold wax.
  • Lesson 10. Floating, Mottled, Ice, and Chunk Candles

    The variations are endless and the candles just get more and more amazing.
  • Lesson 11. Multiwick, Glow-through, and Votive Candles

    In this final lesson on specific types of candle variations you will learn a new set of advanced techniques for making spectacular candles.
  • Lesson 12. Troubleshooting and Caretaking

    Despite the fact that making candles is an easy and immensely rewarding craft, sometimes problems occur that you just do not know how to solve.
  • Lesson 13. Candle Making for Profit

    With relatively low overhead and a huge potential customer base, candle making for profit does not need to be just a dream.
  • Lesson 14. Planning, Pricing, and Forming Your Business

    In this lesson, you will learn the next steps in launching your candle making business.
  • Lesson 15. Marketing Ideas and Candle Making Resources

    In this final lesson on candle making you will learn ideas for marketing your creations and how to get them in front of as many buyers as possible.

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Course Title: Candle Making 101
Course Number: 8900297
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the history of candle making.
  • Identify equipment needed for candle making.
  • Summarize safety and your wax workplace.
  • Summarize wax, wicks, and additives.
  • Demonstrate step by step candle making.
  • Demonstrate handmade rolled and taper candles.
  • Recognize color and fragrance in the candle making process.
  • Identify over dipping, cutouts, and cracked candles and what to do.
  • Demonstrate creating container candles and gel wax variations.
  • Demonstrate creating floating, mottled, ice, and chunk candles.
  • Demonstrate creating multiwick, glow-through, and votive candles.
  • Summarize candle making for profit, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 1 ExamExam9
Yankee Candle FactoryAssignment100
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 2 ExamExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 3 ExamExam10
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 4 ExamExam8
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 5 ExamExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 6 ExamExam10
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7 ExamExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 8 ExamExam10
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 9 ExamExam10
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 10 ExamExam10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 11 ExamExam10
Making a New CandleAssignment100
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 12 ExamExam10
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 13 ExamExam10
New ThingsAssignment100
Lesson 14 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 14 ExamExam10
Final ThoughtsAssignment100
Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 15 ExamExam10
The Final ExamExam70
Total Points:997

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