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An AICD graduate proudly
finishes one of his projects
- a perfect 20 inch sphere -
Student ice carver


Ice Carving Instruction

Learn comprehensive ice carving and instructional
skills, as well as curriculum development in 5 days

Providing far more instruction than what mere demonstrations of complex carvings can provide, Paul Germain's totally immersive, one-to-one, hands-on training techniques and real life applications make even the most detailed features of AICD's fascinating instructional programs come to life. Paul's break through methods of training prove to be nothing short of contagious for highly motivated chefs, culinary instructors, and professional ice carvers who want it all - their testimonials then say it all!

This is the internationally renown "must have" class for
college level culinary instructors who want to offer the safest,
most effective ice carving classes possible for their students.

Special Note: AICD provides an actual beginning student
for you to safely teach under the guidance of Paul Germain.

Professional critiques and student feedback will greatly
enhance your instructional effectiveness and confidence.

Instructor Program


AICD is world renown...
by those who value the best.

The Instructor Program provides everything in the Ice Carver Program...

PLUS, it provides intensive instruction for developing Drawing and 3-D Visualization Skills...

PLUS, it provides major learning objectives of the Professional Program...

PLUS, it provides breakthrough instructional methods and guidance in developing curriculum specifically for ice carving...

PLUS, it provides an actual student teaching opportunity under the guidance of Master Teacher Paul Germain. Yes, Paul will actually provide a beginning student for you to teach in the AICD studio. This will include a step-by-step critique that will foster best teaching practices, especially in regard to safety.

PLUS, it provides guidance with developing a course curriculum for use at your college. This is required in order to recieve final certification from AICD. 5 Days (40 hours) of Private Instruction!

Note: To maximize your time during instructional hours, you will also be provided approximately 20 additional hours of drawing/design oriented work that is to be completed at your hotel. Thus, your training will provide "total immersion" in the art of ice sculpting. In addition, you will recieve guidance with developing the course curriculum needed for your college.

For Culinary School and College Instructors

This intensive program of one-to-one, private instruction
and student teaching
is available year-round.

Reservations are available up to one year in advance with paid tuition.
Paul German will be happy to adapt your training schedule to best fit
your particular travel needs - such as flight arrival/departure times.

This comprehensive program also features instructional methodology and a focused student teaching opportunity for earning the distinction of becoming a Certified Instructor of Ice Carving (CIIC). This level of training will prepare the carver to become a skilled ice carving instructor who is qualified to enhance the curriculum and, most important, ensure the safety of students when handling (moving, lifting, lowering) 300 lb. blocks of ice, using chainsaws, die grinders, drills, chisels, torches, freeze spray and other inherently dangerous activities associated with ice carving. 15 of the 55 hours consist of offsite coursework designed to make the student's preparation for the next day's instructional activities as beneficial and enjoyable as possible. Textbooks, drawing aids, clay, modeling tools, and other materials are furnished upon arrival at AICD for this offsite coursework.

Special note: Under the guidance of Master Teacher Paul Germain, this program includes an opportunity for culinary instructors to provide actual instruction to a beginning ice carving student at the AICD studio - with a major emphasis in standards-based curriculum development and safe carving, lifting, transporting, set-up, and take-down methods.

The ability to recieve immediate feedback from both Paul Germain and novice student carver makes this teaching opportunity particularly meaningful and beneficial for developing powerful teaching skills and safe instructional practices. The beginning carver will be selected specifically to provide the culinary instructor with an ideal one-to-one teaching opportunity.


Tuition, Class Schedules, Registration Information

"I received the instruction and hospitality beyond my expectations. Paul Germain made me feel at home. I was immersed into all aspects of Ice Carving. The emphasis on drawing and the use of clay was extremely helpful. The Studio was well equipped and Paul Germain demonstrated all their uses.

AICD's Hospitality was like being at a Fine Bed and Breakfast. The one on one instruction was exactly what I needed. Being a chef, I will definately let those in my industry know about AICD. I look forward to returning.

Since taking your class, I used that information to start and work into our curriculum an ice-carving class for students of the culinary arts program that we have here at Orange Coast College. The class I instructed was a 5 week course that was built upon creating ice sculptures that would be used at our scholarship pre-awards dining event. Each year the event is themed and this past year it was done around literature (Alice in Wonderland). Attached are some photos. There are two ice tables with characters from the novel. We had to use your wonderful ice luge, and had 5 of them in a row with the chefs pouring the beverages behind them. There also were ice bowls made that were used for punch bowls as well as flower arrangements. The initial class was a pilot class and is now working its way thru curriculum.
Thank you, Paul!"

Executive Chef Thomas Selzer, CEC, CPIC, General Manager of Instructional Food Service, Orange Coast College,
Costa Mesa, California

AICD provides one-to-one personalized instruction that is tailored for each student's experience and future objectives. Private instruction ensures that student carvers of any level receive far more actual training and individual guidance than is possible within group ice carving classes. It also provides a much safer and more productive learning environment for developing the advanced art skills needed for highly realistic and creative multi-block construction.

Certified Instructor of Ice Carving (CIIC) Program of Instruction
(5 consecutive days of instruction including student teaching)

Be sure to read what chefs and career ice carvers have shared about their experience at AICD.

AICD's Lifetime Certification Guarantee:

Due to AICD's proven "hands on" approach to comprehensive instruction and its stature as a private school, you can earn each level of AICD Certification for life with no certification fees, no yearly fees, and no membership requirements.

To maintain the integrity of AICD's educational programs, activities such as attendance at conventions, competitions, and related activities cannot be counted for receiving AICD Certification. A carver's unique experiences may, however, qualify as the prerequisite for enrolling in AICD's advanced instructional programs.

60 Total Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for the Certified Instructor of Ice Carving (CIIC) Program: (40 in AICD Studio, 20 as homework)

AICD's training/certification programs are a valuable way to earn points
for NICA's and ACF's certification programs, which are independent of AICD.


The art of ice carving involves the use of tools and equipment that are inherently dangerous. To meet the safety-related needs of professional ice sculpture companies, ice carving schools, hotels, country clubs, and caterers, a high priority is given to the development of safe carving, delivery, and set-up practices. This program requires that the carver be in excellent health, and must be physically able to work with heavy materials and equipment for prolonged periods of time in both warm and cold environments.

The ice carving industry is growing at a phenomenal rate in the U.S and around the world. AICD is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive ice sculpture training possible for ice sculpture companies, hotels, caterers, country clubs, and culinary schools seeking to employ highly qualified, professionally certificated chefs, ice carvers, and sales associates.


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