Consistent with the CGA’s mandate to encourage the the dissemination of gemmological knowledge and to promote high technical and ethical standards, the Association works with affiliated schools to offer the Canadian Professional Gemmology Program. Affiliates teach the same material as the CGA offers directly, and graduates of affiliate programs are eligible to write the CGA’s qualifying examinations for Fellowship with the Association.
VCC was founded in 1965 and is the largest and oldest community college in Vancouver, BC. The CGA Gemmology courses are available as full-time accelerated and part-time courses at the Downtown campus under VCC’s Continuing Studies Program/Design area.
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, or Gem-A, is the world’s oldest educator of Gems and Jewellery. They taught their first first gem course in 1908. Today in 2018 Gem-A courses are taught in seven different languages and in 26 countries around the world and there designations are recognized around the world.
CIJT is a private educational institute offering a comprehensive program in jewelry arts, as well as the CGA’s Professional Gemmology Program, and the MasterValuerTM appraisal program developed by Anna Miller.