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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. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Take Poll: Candle Making
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

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. 135 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Getting Started
  • Complete Assignment: Yankee Candle Factory
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Candle Making Safety; Candle Making Safety Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Beeswax; Guide to Waxes
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Step by Step Candle Making

In this lesson you will learn a nine step process for making a molded candle. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Candle Making Basics; How to Make Container Candles
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: How to Make Taper Candles
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Color and Fragrance

It is time to take your craft to the next level by adding color and scent. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Scented Candles; Single Colored Candles
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Cutout Window Candle Making Project; Over Dipping Instructions
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Basic Container Candles
  • Take Poll: Containers
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Floating, Mottled, Ice, and Chunk Candles

The variations are endless and the candles just get more and more amazing. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Making Floating Candles
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Making Glow-Through Candles; Multi-Wick Candles
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

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. 135 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Recycling Wax Scraps; Troubleshooting Guide
  • Complete Assignment: Making a New Candle
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Candle Making Business; Candle Making DIY
  • Take Poll: Candle Making Business
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14. Planning, Pricing, and Forming Your Business

In this lesson, you will learn the next steps in launching your candle making business. 135 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Candle Making Businesses; Selling and Marketing Candles
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

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. 205 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Market; Marketing Candles in Untraditional Markets
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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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
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of candle making.
  • Identify equipment needed for candle making.
  • Know safety and your wax workplace.
  • Know 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.
  • Know candle making for profit, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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