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Course Programmes


At Ecole des Malletiers (EdM) Nicolas Gilbert of Belgium there are six training and education curricular tracks ("paths"), with on-campus courses and workshops taught in either French, English, or  Dutch, or in a bilingual mode. Three paths are also offered by the affiliate Ecole Jean PARÉ of France.


Most courses are offered individually, on a part-time basis, private courses, and/or seminar mode, and online documentation. Please contact us for further information, course details, fees, place availability, grants and scholarships, and other practical matters related to the Belgium and France schools. 


New, as of 2022-2023 : immersion workshops of 3 to 5 consecutive days; an option combinable with the modes listed above.  


In light of the high level of specialisation of the studies, and the degree of personal attention offered to each student (including entrepreneurial coaching), the number of participants per year is very limited. 


Paths (curricular tracks)


Path #1 (P1) The Conservation and Restoration of Antique Trunks and related Travel Equipment. The programme leads towards a Certificate of Fundamental Techniques (CFT, min. 100 course hours), a Certificate of Furthered Studies (CFS, min. 250 c-hrs), or the school's Diplôme de Malletier (DM, min. 1.500 c-hrs, including a Masterwork). The P1 path truly is a world premiere in the field, only by EdM. 


Path #2 (P2) The Design and Manufacture of New Trunks.

The Diploma can be earned after at least 1.500 hours, or less if completed through the bridging process option of P1 ("new-after-antique"). The P2 is also a world educational premiere of EdM. 


Path #3 (P3) The Special Programmes, for example leather-goods preservation, conservation, and restoration, towards a Certificate in a specialty field (100 hours). P3 tailor-made programs address specific training needs of artisans, restoration professionals, and archives' staff of/for museums, heritage brands,...


Path #4 (P4) The Occasional Ateliers are short-duration or demonstration workshops offered only by Ecole des Malletiers on particular occasions and locations, in Belgium, France, or other Western European countries. 


Path #5 (P5) The Certification by Ecole des Malletiers. Qualifying professionals who are already active in the P1 area, or in a P3 specialty field, can become certified by EdM. There is a jury-reviewed Masterpiece requirement. The P5 track process applies only to Europe and the USA. Other countries: as of 2022, unless the candidate travels to and completes the Masterpiece on the occasion of a special residence at the EdM Campus in Belgium or the Compas PARÉ France premises. The P3 is the world's very first certification in the malletier field, yet another premiere by EdM. 


Path #6 (P6) The Traineeship at Ecole des Malletiers of Belgium is currently offered to no more than one person per year, and with a one-year residence if one is not already living near the Manhay - Durbuy ateliers' area or the Belgian provinces of Liège, Namur, or Luxembourg at large. 


Please contact us for further information, course details, fees, place availability, grants and scholarships, and other practical matters related to the Belgium courses. For the France school please click here


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