Saturday, March 17, 2018

"Diamond Types and Synthetic Diamonds" workshop at the April 2014 CGA Gem Conference

Education Overview

The CGA has something for everyone with a desire to learn more about gems:

Introductory Classes

Are you in the market for a diamond ring? Or maybe you've been collecting for a few years, or making jewellery. Perhaps you've visited a few auctions, or acquired some treasures at a garage sale, and want to know how to identify what you've found. Or you've bought gems and jewellery during your travels to interesting parts of the world ...

These are perfect reasons to pick up some of the CGA's introductory level "general interest" classes. In addition to the regularly scheduled offerings, special lectures on chosen topics are featured from time to time. The sessions are generally no more than a day or two long, have no prerequisites, and are not graded, so they're a rewarding way to find out what gemmology is all about and whet your appetite for more!

Visit the General Interest page to learn more.


Professional Programs

Professional courses are geared toward those who want to learn about gemmology in depth. Classes are often composed of a cross-section of students, from the fresh graduate just preparing to enter the gem and jewellery trade to the seasoned veteran in the business. It's not unusual for applicants to have degrees or jobs in other disciplines. Some need to learn the basics to protect themselves and their customers, others seek recognized credentials to instill customer confidence, and many do the courses just to learn more about something they love, or to open the doors to a future second career.

These courses are classed as post-secondary vocational programs leading to a certificate. Mastery of material is evaluated by means of assignments, presentations and regular testing.

The CGA's professional gemmology program leading to Fellowship with the CGA is available in full-time and part-time options. Visit the Professional Courses page to learn more.

Studies with an Affiliate

The CGA's professional gemmology course material is also delivered through affiliates at Vancouver Community College in BC, and California Institute of Jewelry Training in California. Students of affiliates are entitled to write the CGA Fellowship Qualifying Examinations.


Fellowship with the CGA

Students who have completed the CGA's professional gemmology program and wish to earn credentials that demonstrate their mastery of the field of gemmology are invited to write the CGA Fellowship Qualifying Examinations. FCGmA (Fellow of the Canadian Gemmological Association) credentials are widely recognized by organizations around the world working in the field of gemmology, and are accepted as a prerequisite to becoming a qualified gem appraiser.

Advanced Classes

Continuing education is available to those who wish to consolidate or expand their gemmological knowledge. Several offerings are part of the regular CGA repertoire, while occasionally recognized experts from across Canada and around the world are invited to deliver special workshops. These are often timed to coincide with an annual CGA Gem Conference or Graduation Ceremony. Prerequisites for the classes vary.

Instruction in all courses is provided by qualified gemmologists.


Class Dates

Professional Courses

Gemmology Accelerated Program
September 4 - December 21, 2018

Accelerated Jewellery Associate-Gemmology Specialist  New
August 20-December 17, 2018 

Jewellery Associate-Gemmology Specialist
Sept 18, 2018 - May 14, 2019

Gemmology Program
Sept 17, 2018 - May 16, 2019

Advanced Topics

Diamond Grading
July 9 - 13, 2018  

Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Program
Sept 8-Dec 9, 2018  - apprx every other weekend

Sept 2018 -one evening a week start

July 16, 2018 - August 3, 2018 - accelerated class start 

August 17 - 19, 2018 - 3 Day Workshop - NEW

Coloured Stone Grading and Valuation
March 24, 2018  

Pre-Exam Lab

June 11 - 15, 2018 

General Interest

Gem Appreciation
Mar 3, 2018 - Toronto
Aug 8, 2018-Toronto

Mar 4, 2018 - Calgary

Intro to Gem ID
Mar 17-18, 2018 - Toronto
Aug 22-23, 2018-Toronto

Talking Diamonds
Apr 15, 2018- Toronto
Nov 3, 2018 - Toronto 
TBA - Calgary

Diamond and Diamond Imitations
May 26-27, 2018 -Toronto
Dec 1-2, 2018- Toronto


Open House Dates

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Want to know more? Drop by the classroom at 55 Queen St East, meet our instructors and learn more about our courses and gemmology in general or please phone to make an appointment.

Next Open House

  • Tuesday May 22, 2018     3.00pm-4.30 pm 
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018  6.00pm-7.30pm
Please see Vancouver Community College website  for open house  dates in Vancouver.