Advanced Courses

Pre-registration is required. Classes that have not filled by 7 days prior to the start date are subject to cancellation. All courses are offered at the CGA classroom in Toronto, Ontario.

Current Course Offerings

  Code   Course Duration Price
  PDG Canadian Diamond Grading Course 5 days $1,895.00
  VCC-2130 Canadian Diamond Grading Course 5 days $2,122.00
  VCC-3101 Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Program 90 Hours $5,800.00
  CGV Coloured Gemstone Grading and Valuation 1 days $250.00
  PEL Practical Gemmology Lab Course 5 days $1,945.00
  GBT Gemmology Basics Theory Course 36 Hours $1,795.00
  GBL Gemmology Basics Instrument Lab Course 36 Hours $1,795.00
  GBIL Gemmology Basics Intensive Instrument Lab Course 36 Hours $1795.00
 

Current Class Dates

Diamond Grading
TBA – Toronto
TBA – Vancouver

Coloured Stone Grading and Valuation
September 18, 2021

Gemmology Basics Theory
September 15, 2021

Gemmology Basics Instrument Lab
September 16, 2021

Gemmology Basics Intensive Instrument Lab
December 06 to December 11, 2021

Canadian Diamond Grading Course

An intensive, hands-on course which will provide knowledge and skill in the grading of colourless, round brilliant cut diamonds. Please note: this course focuses on the diamond grading process, not the identification of diamond and/or its simulants. All necessary major equipment is provided, but students should bring their own pocket instruments (which are available at reasonable cost on-site). Required course textbook may purchased separately. Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students.

Prerequisites:

  1. None. For individuals without any gemmological or trade background it is highly recommended that they first take the Talking Diamonds and Diamond and Diamond Imitation course.

Syllabus:

  • diamonds: their formation and physical properties
  • instrumentation for grading
  • packaging/handling of loose diamonds
  • colour grading
  • cut (make) grading
  • weighing diamonds; including nomenclature, and tolerances
  • estimation of weight from dimensions
  • grading of single cut melee
  • influence of colour, clarity, cut and weight on pricing.

Sessions:

  • Fee: $1,895.00 (textbook is an additional $350.00 & Table Gauge is an additional $49.30); limited enrollment
  • TBA – Toronto

Coloured Gemstone Grading and Valuation

This one-day workshop will benefit gem trade professionals, gemmology students and enthusiasts alike.

Students will learn the skills to accurately grade and value coloured gemstones. Emphasis on hands-on practice with a variety of gems of different quality will provide students with the knowledge to become confident buyers and sellers in the rapidly growing coloured stone market.

Syllabus:

  • Colour basics
  • Munsell colour system
  • World of Colour, colour communication and grading system
  • Correct grading practice
  • Valuation principles
  • Impact of treatment on value
  • The gem quality curve
  • Marketplace pricing factors
  • The Guide wholesale pricing index

Instructor: Helmut Koenig
Course fee: $250.00 including taxes.
Note: The Coloured Gemstone Grading and Valuation Course is owned and offered by Helmut Koenig. Potential students should contact Mr. Koenig at 416-317-2480 or Colouredstonegrading@gmail.com for more information or to register for this 1 day course.
Next session(s): September 18, 2021

Gemmology Basics Theory Course

Schedule: 1-night a week – Wednesdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm EST / 3:00 – 6:00 pm PST
Next Session: Wednesday September 15 to Wednesday December 1, 2021
Fees: $1,795.00
Place:  Classes held over Zoom

Participants will receive a Statement of Completion

Gemmology is the fascinating study of all types of gem materials –  natural, lab grown and imitation.  Gems come from every corner of the  planet and touch almost every culture in the world.  Gemmology Basics is for the student who is launching their career into the world of  jewellery fashion or gem trading, or; for the avid collector who wants to know more; or even for the person who works in a jewellery store who wants to be able to answer customer’s questions; for a budding  appraiser; and finally to the goldsmith who wants to know the physical properties of the gems they
are setting.

Gemmology Basics Course Form

Gemmology Basics Instrument Lab Course

Schedule: 1-night a week – Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm EST
Next Session: Thursday September 16 to Thursday December 2, 2021
Fees: $1,795.00
Place:  Classes held in Toronto Classroom

Participants will receive a Statement of Completion

In the Gemmology Basics Instruments Lab Class, you will learn how-to test gemstones so that they reveal their true identity.  Learning to examine optical and physical properties of gems helps in their identification.

You will learn the use of five simple hand-held instruments that you can carry anywhere that will help you separate gems.  Learn how to use other desk-top instruments in your quest to distinguish one gem from another and to pinpoint natural from man-made gems

Tools and Book Recommendations:

  • 10x Triplet Jeweller’s Loupe (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)
  • Gemmological Stainless Steel Tweezers.  Tweezers must be non-locking, non diamond impregnated, and CANNOT be from the drugstore.(students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)
  • Gem-A Practical Gemmology Handbook (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)

Gemmology Basics Instruments Lab Class Form

Gemmology Basics Intensive Instrument Lab Course

Schedule: 6-days – Monday to Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EST
Next Session: Monday December 6 to Saturday December 11, 2021
Fees: $1,795.00
Place:  Classes held in Toronto Classroom

Participants will receive a Statement of Completion

Tools and Book Recommendations:

  • 10x Triplet Jeweller’s Loupe (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)
  • Gemmological Stainless Steel Tweezers.  Tweezers must be non-locking, non diamond impregnated, and CANNOT be from the drugstore.(students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)
  • Gem-A Practical Gemmology Handbook (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)

 

Practical Gemmology Lab Course Form

Registration forms may be downloaded from the Short Courses section of the Course Forms page.

The professional development classes described on this page except Master Valuer do not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.