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Professional Gemmology Program

The CGA's professional gemmology program offers a guided exploration of the wonderful world of gems while equipping students with an in-depth understanding of the science of gemmology and how it applies to all aspects of the gem and jewellery trade. Use the links below to navigate through the topics.

Professional Gemmology Program Delivery Options
Gemmology Accelerated Program (full-time daytime option)
Part-time Evening Option
      Jewellery Associate - Gemmology Specialist
      Gemmology Program
Admission Requirements
Tax Receipts

Professional Gemmology Program Delivery Options

The CGA's professional gemmology program is available in full-time or two-level part-time options as shown below.

Program   # Weeks     # Hours     Tuition     Books     Instruments  
Full-time Daytime          
Gemmology Accelerated Program 16 310 $9000  $64 $360
Part-time Evening          

Jewellery Associate - Gemmology specialist    
(preliminary level)

35 90 $3900 $64 $360 
Gemmology Program
(professional level)
35 165 $4600    


Gemmology Accelerated Program (full-time daytime option)

Become a qualified gemmologist in just 4 months. This is the most efficient option for those needing to put their training into action as soon as possible.

Duration: 310 hours of instruction over 16 weeks, 4 days per week
Hours: 10 am - 4 pm, Monday through Thursday
Fee: $9000 + $64 textbook + $360 small instrument kit
Deposit with registration: $2000
Registration forms: visit forms page

  • Fast-paced program
  • face-to-face classroom instruction
  • fully equipped facilities on-site in downtown Toronto
  • Full theory and practical curriculum.
  • Hands-on work with gemstones and instruments. 
  • students may elect to write the CGA Fellowship examinations upon successful completion 

Admission Requirements: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (read more) 
Passing Grade: 67%
Credential Awarded: Private Career College Gemmology Accelerated Program certificate for successful completion.

Part-time Evening Option

The full professional gemmology program is divided into two levels that must be completed sequentially, each taking roughly eight months.

Jewellery Associate - Gemmology Specialist (preliminary level)

Duration: 90 hours of instruction over 35 weeks (roughly 8 months)
Hours: 6 - 9 pm, Tuesday evenings
Fee:
$3900 + $64 textbook + $360 small instrument kit
Deposit with registration:
$2000
Registration forms
visit forms page
Admission Requirements:
 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (read more) 
Passing Grade: 67%
Credential Awarded: Private Career Jewellery Associate-Gemmology Specialist certificate for successful completion.

Course Content:

    • The nature of gems
    • Fundamental scientific concepts applicable to gem studies
    • - Crystallography & crystalline substance
      - Physical properties of gems, including hardness, specific gravity, cleavage & fracture
      - Optics and optical properties of gems, including the nature of light, colour, polarization of light, dichroism, refraction, birefringence, lustre, dispersion, spectra
  • How to use small gemmological instruments (loupe, dichroscope, Chelsea filter)
  • Introduction to synthetic and imitation gemstones
  • Gem cutting and cut styles (including diamond)
  • Introduction to gem species (including non-mineral gems) – nature & properties

 

Gemmology Program (professional level)

Duration: 165 hours of instruction over 35 weeks (roughly 8 months) 
Hours:
 6 - 9 pm, Monday and Thursday evenings (one evening theory, one evening practical)
Fee:
$4600 
Deposit with registration:
$2000
Registration formsvisit forms page
Admission Requirements:
 
Successful completion of the Jewellery Associate - Gemmology Specialist course.
Passing Grade: 67%
Credential Awarded: Private Career College Gemmology Program certificate for successful completion.

Course Content:

Theory

  • Application of scientific concepts to gemmology
  • - Chemistry & atomic structure of minerals
  • - Refraction, birefringence, dispersion, causes of colour, luminescence, optical effects in gemstones
  • - Crystallography
  • - Mineralogy & geology
  • Techniques for testing and characterization
  • Synthetic gemstones and gemstone enhancement (including diamond)
  • Gem Species (including non-mineral gems, common gemstones and many lesser known species)
  • - nature & properties, 
  • - formation, locality of origin 
  • - quality factors & evaluation (including diamond)

Practical

  • Refractive index measurement
  • The spectroscope, gem spectra
  • The microscope and inclusions
  • Practice with instruments
  • Identification of gemstones, synthetics, simulants and enhanced stones

 

More About Admission Requirements

The following are considered equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD):

  1. A secondary school graduation diploma from any other Canadian province or territory or from the United States.
  2. A General Education Development (GED) certificate issued by a Canadian province or territory or from the United States.
  3. A transcript, diploma or certificate from another country, assessed at an Ontario OSSD level by a recognized assessment service.
  4. A Canadian postsecondary diploma or degree.
  5. A non-Canadian postsecondary diploma or degree that has been assessed as equivalent to a Canadian postsecondary diploma or degree by a recognized assessment service. This is an assessment you are responible for getting and paying for.
  6. A certificate of completion for an Ontario academic upgrading program that is accepted by an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology for entry into an Ontario postsecondary program (Ontario Basic Skills Level IV, Basic Training and Skills Development Level IV).
  7. A Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification in any trade from Ontario or other Canadian jurisdiction.

Applicants who cannot provide credentials meeting any of the above-listed requirements have the option to complete and pass a mature student test. The CGA uses the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam. Please phone the office for details.

Tax Receipts

Students enrolled in these programs receive T2202A Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificates in February of each year for income tax deduction purposes.


The Canadian Gemmological Association is registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
The programs listed on this page are approved as vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Class Dates

Professional Courses

Gemmology Accelerated Program
Februay 5 - May 24, 2018 

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

Gemmology Program
Sept 17, 2018 - May 16, 2019

Advanced Topics

Diamond Grading
January 29-February 2, 2018

Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Program
February 10-11, 2018- apprx every other weekend

TBA -one evening a week start

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

TBA - 3 Day Workshop - NEW

Coloured Stone Grading and Valuation
January 26-28, 2018

Pre-Exam Lab

Januray 8 - 12, 2018

General Interest

Gem Appreciation
Dec  2, 2017
Mar 4, 2018 - Calgary

     
Intro to Gem ID
Dec 9-10, 2017 

    
Talking Diamonds
Feb 3, 2018 - Toronto 
Jan 14, 2018 - Calgary

    
Diamond and Diamond Imitations
TBA

     


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

  • TBA 
  • 6.00pm - 7.00pm