AOCS Continuing Education Program

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Live Courses

Chocolate Science and Processing: An applied perspective on how to process chocolate from bean to bar

June 28th, 29th, 30th, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-05)

This 3-day course will discuss the process and science of chocolate manufacturing from bean to bar. Each day the course will include a 1.5 h lecture followed by a hands-on demonstration performed at the Aggie Chocolate Factory at Utah State University. This course will provide a basic understanding of the process of making chocolate focusing on tips and troubleshooting. Participants will be able to purchase samples from the Aggie Chocolate Factory for a better experience.

This course is a collaboration with the Professional Manufacturing Confectioners’ Association (PMCA).

Learning Objectives:


• Learn the basic concepts of bean-to-bar chocolate processing
• Understand the importance of each step associated with the process of making chocolate
• Explore and learn how to troubleshoot various steps of the chocolate-making process
• Understand the physical, chemical, and biological events that take place during the process of making chocolate

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High Oleic Oils: Development, properties, and uses

August 1-5, 2022

Based on the industry-leading book by the same title, this 5-day online high oleic oils course will address practical applications of this new and dynamic category of fats and oils that are essentially replacing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in various food and nonfood uses.

The course provides an overview of several common types of high oleic oils, their composition, nutritional value, and applications in consumer and industrial products. Course participants can also purchase the High Oleic Oils: Development, Properties and Uses eBook at a 50% discount as part of their course registration.

Learning Objectives:
  • Gain transgenic insights as well as an overview of new state-of-the-art and future development technologies in high oleic oils
  • Understand high oleic oils’ nutritional and compositional advantages over PHOs and lower oleic oils
  • Differentiate types of high oleic oils and their use in producing a range of frying oils, increased shelf-life foods, functional shortenings, and hard fats

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Courses On-demand

Learn from experts and advance your career with on-demand training, designed to fit into your busy schedule. On-demand access includes access to recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

Design of Lamellar Gel Network Emulsions for Personal Care and Cosmetics Application

Learn at your own pace from Ricardo Diez, Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, USA.

This course will provide a detailed overview of the science and technology of these commercially important materials. The course will highlight the lamellar gel network (LGN) model developed by our course instructor Ricardo Diez and demonstrate its use to design key aspects of cosmetic and personal care emulsions, from sensorial properties to stability and scale-up, as well as delivery of actives.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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Lipids in Personal Care and Cosmetics

Learn at your own pace from Benjamin Schwartz, Senior Personal Care Application Specialist, AAK USA Inc.

This course provides a detailed look into the roles that plant-based lipids play in personal care and cosmetic formulations. Benjamin Schwartz, Senior Personal Care Application Specialist, AAK USA Inc. highlights how the structure of fatty acids found in plant-based lipids, and more importantly the triglycerides and wax esters that contain them, determine the interdependent properties of oxidative stability, compatibility, solid fat content, and crystallization types of various oils, fats, and waxes. Take this course to learn how these properties can inform choices of oils, fats, waxes, and their derivatives within different personal care and cosmetic products, including anhydrous and emulsion-based products.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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