Master technique in your plant-based kitchen

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18 units | More than 85 lessons | 400+ tasks
Personalized instructor support and grading
More than 200 instructional technique videos
Earn your Certificate of Completion upon graduating within six months
Focus on core techniques, plus raw methods and no oil, low sodium, gluten-free options 
Keep access to your course for life

Available from anywhere, on any device, at any time

A message from course co-creator Chad Sarno

I am thrilled to be able to lead Rouxbe's Plant-Based Professional Certification Course. Breaking it down to the basics and starting from the ground up is essential for anyone interested in this approach to cooking. Join me in building a plant-based army of educators and advocates to spread this message to the world – for our health, for real food and for our planet. Who's in?

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Earn 6 college credits

Earn 100 CEHs 

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 9 reviews
 by Dorothy B. on Rouxbe
Improved my cooking skills dramatically

I already enjoyed a plant-based lifestyle but this course has improved my cooking skills dramatically. I found the lessons and videos professional, thorough, and really easy to understand. The black boxes took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to cook with unfamiliar ingredients. For me, it all seemed to come together about two-thirds of the way through the course, when I realized I was creating new dishes without having to use a recipe.

 by Heather M. on Rouxbe
Grateful for Rouxbe

This course has helped my confidence in the kitchen immensely. Knife skills, creating my own base recipes and building flavors, plating, and overall feeling like I know what I'm doing while cooking. I'm grateful for Rouxbe, truly.

 by Cheng Yoke L. on Rouxbe
Benchmark for professional plant-based cooking

I have most definitely become a more confident chef both in the professional kitchen and at home. Prior to taking this course, I felt like I was missing out on meat at times but now I feel choosing a plant-based lifestyle has been the best decision of my life. I have already used some of the techniques and knowledge from this course and applied it at work - customers loved my food and I can only contribute the credit to Rouxbe. I hope Rouxbe can one day be the benchmark for recognizing professional plant-based cooking worldwide.

 by Rebecca F. on Rouxbe
Essential course for plant-based living

Rouxbe is the best online course I have ever taken! I have done many nutrition courses and certifications online (including plant-based) and this course was essential to truly have a full understanding of plant-based living. It has definitely supported me personally and professionally and I couldn’t be happier with the results I have achieved. Thank you!

 by Halli B. on Rouxbe
Pushed me to step out of my comfort zone

This course introduced me to a whole world of plant-based cuisine that I have never tried and really pushed me to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to cooking. It taught me how to build basic flavor profiles and proper cooking techniques. I have personally started consuming less meat, no dairy, and more plant-based protein options.

 by Anastasia K. on Rouxbe
Highly professional, experienced & talented!

Learning with Rouxbe is like learning a foreign language with a very experienced, highly professional, and talented native tutor. Personally, I didn't know much about cooking in general and about plant-based in particular at the start of my course. But just by doing all the assignments step by step, I have learned to speak that language fluently! It's like they lead you through learning a new alphabet to the level where you can express yourself independently and depending on your mood, state of mind, etc, you can "say" whatever you want at the end of the course! I was so lucky to have discovered that course at the beginning of the development of my new hobby! Now, I am really free in my cooking choices and am absolutely confident in my cuisine creations. Endless thanks to the school and the staff who were traveling along with me on this beautiful journey!

 by Angela E. on Rouxbe
My family is bragging!

I have been plant-based for 8 years and felt stuck in a rut with the recipes I'd been using. I loved that I learned how to modify and improve on my recipes as well as learn new techniques so that I was more confident in trying new dishes. My family has loved the change in the dishes I've been preparing and I've overheard them bragging to others about the meals they are receiving at home. The only drawback is that now that the meals at home are so good, no one wants to eat out anymore. Fine dining at home nightly thanks to Rouxbe!

 by Sylvia M. on Rouxbe
Sad it's coming to an end!

I loved the course and I feel sad that it's coming to an end. Thank you so much for your wonderful online teaching.

 by Tara E. on Rouxbe
Excellent structure for learning

I really enjoyed this course. The layout provides an excellent structure for learning and I feel that it was totally worthwhile.

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November 9, 2021$1,299.99ENROLL

What you need to know about your course

All courses are 100% online and available 24/7
Learn at your own pace, on your schedule with any internet-connected device with a camera for assessments. 
Your chef instructors have 125+ years of culinary experience
Your chef instructors are here to support, answer your questions, and provide feedback on assessments.
Plan to spend
about 12-15 hours per week
To complete the course on time, expect to spend up to 12-15 hours per week.  The good news? Most of the time is spent cooking!
Our active online community is here for you
With over 650,000 students worldwide, our exclusive online community is ready to support your journey during and after class
Set yourself up for success
Make sure you have (most of) the suggested tools and equipment on hand so you are ready to dive into the assignments. 
How to graduate
Complete your course in six months with a grade of 75% or higher and you will earn your Certificate of Completion.
Your course is industry-recognized
This course is approved across the industry for 215 CE hours with ACFEF, Worldchefs, and ANFP as well as 6 college credits through ACE.
We'll keep you engaged along the way
Ongoing chef instructor support, interactive quizzes and live online seminars keep our students going strong.

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Common questions

What is Rouxbe?
Rouxbe is an online culinary school that teaches culinary students, culinary professionals and home cooks to increase their skills and confidence in the kitchen. Rouxbe captures a professional culinary curriculum in high-definition video and delivers it via self-paced online classes, making professional culinary instruction more accessible and affordable to both individuals and organizations. Founded in 2005 by professional chefs Joe Girard and Dawn Thomas, Rouxbe has been adopted by professional culinary schools, high schools, food services organizations and cooking enthusiasts around the world.
Once I purchase the course, when does class begin?
Our professional certification courses begin approximately every 45 days. Please the Tuition and Dates tab on this page to view the next start date. You have lifetime access to your course content. If you would like to earn your Certificate of Completion, you have six months from the date class begins to satisfactorily fulfill the course requirements. After, you may purchase additional 30-day extensions for $129.99 each, as many as you wish and at any time.
Do I have access to the course content after the 6 months are over?
Once you purchase the course you have lifetime access to your course content. After you graduate or six months expire (whichever comes first), the only areas locked will be the quizzes, instructor-graded assignments and the Question & Support function. Other than that, you will still have all the lessons, recipes, live events, etc. to review at your leisure. If you need more time to complete the course requirements, we provide a 30-day extension at no charge. After, you may purchase additional 30-day extensions for $129.99 each, as many as you wish and at any time.
What is the length of the program?
If you want to earn your Certificate of Completion, you have six months to satisfactorily fulfill the course requirements. If you need more time to complete the course requirements, we provide a 30-day extension at no charge. After, you may purchase additional 30-day extensions for $129.99 each, as many as you wish and at any time. If you are not interested in earning a certificate, you still have lifetime access to your course content.
How and when do I attend class?
Your course is delivered 100% online and available on-demand 24/7 from any internet enabled device. The program is self-paced, meaning there are no specific dates to begin, to submit assignments or attend class at any particular time. If you are interested in earning your Certificate of Completion, you have six months to satisfactorily fulfill the course requirements. Course extensions beyond six months are available for an additional fee.
What is the passing grade?
A passing grade is 75%, something we are confident can be accomplished, as we will set you up for success in this course. Leave it to us to get you inspired and cooking. We support you the whole way through!
What type of certification do I get?
Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be issued a Certificate of Completion. This program is being used as a training tool around the world in professional kitchens and culinary academies. All Rouxbe Professional Courses are recognized by the ACFEF (American Culinary Federation Education Foundation) as a Quality Program and by WorldChefs as Approved Quality Culinary Training.
Other than a Certificate of Completion, what other recognition do I receive?
Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be issued a Certificate of Completion. You may also download an electronic badge to share with your online profile, social media or on your website.
What cooking equipment is required for the course?
The course equipment list, found here, outlines which items are needed throughout the course. While not all will be used right away it’s important to have them available when the lesson requires.
How many hours per week should I plan on dedicating to the course?
The course material covers approximately 220 hours of learning, which includes various learning activities, practical cooking exercises, written assignments and graded exams. You can do this at your own pace, but it takes regular work and discipline to complete the course. To earn your Certificate of Completion within six months, we recommend you spend 12-15 hours per week learning to complete the course requirements. Best of all, most of this time is spent cooking.
Do I have to pay my tuition all at once or do I have other options?
If you are in the USA, a payment plan is available through Affirm. You can choose plans to pay for the course in monthly installments of three, six, or twelve months. To select this option, click Enroll Now and then select the Affirm tab on the payments page. If you live outside of the USA, please contact us. 
Does this program qualify me for a job in the food and beverage industry?
We do not claim that this certificate, or a certificate from any school for that matter, will guarantee employment or a particular position. This is because many factors go into an employer's hiring decision. This professional course has been recognized for quality education by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation and by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs) as Approved Quality Culinary Training – acknowledging the important role a quality online program like ours provides for culinary education. 
What technology is required?
You can access your course 24/7 on any device that is connected to the internet.
Do I need to purchase books or other materials?
The course is delivered 100% online. There are no books or other materials to purchase. Other than the course tuition, you will need to purchase food for practice and graded assignments - estimated at $20 per week - and any equipment you do not have on hand.
Will I be able to interact with other students?
Once you purchase the course, if you have a Facebook account, you may join a permission-only page exclusively for your course (optional). Interact with fellow students, current students and alumni — share tips and tricks, ask questions and celebrate your progress!
Will I have interaction with my instructors?
Rouxbe instructors and support team members combined have over 125 years of professional experience in the foodservice industry and culinary education. To enrich your learning, we encourage you to ask course content questions or share comments at any time. As an important part of your curriculum, you will complete over 30 instructor-graded cooking assignments in which you photograph your dishes and describe your process. With each of these activities, a member of our instructional team will review your work, respond with feedback and provide a grade. You will also be invited to a number of live events on various topics related to your course. If you cannot attend, they will be recorded for later viewing.
How will I be graded?
There are two types of assessments: quizzes and instructor-graded activities. All quizzes are formatted as true/false or multiple choice. To help you study for each quiz we provide electronic flashcards to help you feel confident. You will also complete over 30 instructor-graded cooking assignments in which you photograph your dishes, describe your process and upload into the course. With each of these activities, a member of our instructional team will review your work, respond with feedback and provide a grade.
What is the difference between a professional course and the Rouxbe general membership?
Most all of the video lessons in the professional course are also available in the membership; however, the professional course includes many more assignments and activities and is much more comprehensive and demanding. The professional course also provides professional-level certification. The general membership courses provide Certificates of Completion, but do not require you to prove your skills to our chef-instructors. The difference in value is significant. The professional course is an instructor-guided course that takes you sequentially through the program toward your certificate rather than a collection of individual lessons available to you in the general membership.
Can I really learn how to cook online?
The answer is a resounding yes! Since 2005, Rouxbe's detailed video lessons and chef-instruction interaction provide the same techniques and methods taught in professional culinary schools. And with 24/7 access to your course content, you can learn around your schedule and review anytime you wish. Since you have lifetime access to your course content, you will be able to refresh your learning anytime.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
You may cancel the course within 14 days of purchase and receive a full refund. After 14 days of your purchase there are no refunds, however, you still have lifetime access to the course content.