Professional Gemmology Program – Vancouver

The CGA is ecstatic to offer our Professional Gemmology Courses in Vancouver.  Please see our current offerings below with more to come in the new year.

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.

For classes in Vancouver the course notes and lab manual can now be ordered for an extra fee in both Chinese Traditional or Chinese Simplified upon request.

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# HoursTuitionBooksInstumentsExpendable Supplies
Accelerated Professional Gemmology14282$9000TBA$750TBA
Gemmology Basics Theory Course1236$1795$0$0$0
Gemmology Basics Instrument Lab Course1236$1795$0750$0
Gemmology Basics Intensive Instrument Lab Course136$1795$0$750$0

Class Dates

Accelerated Professional Gemmology
May 21 – August 22, 2024

Professional Gemmology ( Diploma Year Only)
TBA

Gemmology Basics Interactive Theory Zoom Course
TBA

Gemmology Basics Instrument Lab Course
TBA

Gemmology Basics Intensive Instrument Lab Course
TBA

Accelerated Professional Gemmology (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: 282 Hours over 14 weeks
Hours:  Monday to Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a 1 hr lunch
Class DeliveryClasses will be held in person on the Vancouver campus.
Schedule: May 21 – August 22, 2024
Download CGA Accelerated Professional Gemmology – BC Form Here

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
  • Chemistry & Atomic Structure of Minerals
  • Colour, Refraction & Birefringence in Gems
  • The Refractometer and Other Methods of Estimating the R.I. of Gemstones
  • Dispersion & Special Effects Detected in Gemstones, The Gemmological Microscope
  • X-Rays & Luminescence
  • The Spectroscope
  • Advanced Crystallography
  • Methods of Producing Synthetic Gem Materials
  • Synthetic Diamond & Diamond Simulants
  • Imitations & Gemstone Enhancements
  • Mineralogy and Geology
  • Gem Species
  • Non-Mineral Gems

Professional Gemmology (Diploma Year)

Duration: 15 Weeks
Hours:  Tuesdays & Thursdays (Theory via Zoom) 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturdays (Practical Lab) 10:00 am to 1:00 pm  & 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Class Delivery:  Classes will be held live and interactive via Zoom with all lab course held in person at the Vancouver classroom.
Schedule: TBA
Admission Requirements: Gemmology Basics (First Year) or Jewellery Students from VCC

Download CGA Professional Gemmology (Diploma Year) – BC Form Here

Course Content:

  • Chemistry & Atomic Structure of Minerals
  • Colour, Refraction & Birefringence in Gems
  • The Refractometer and Other Methods of Estimating the R.I. of Gemstones
  • Dispersion & Special Effects Detected in Gemstones, The Gemmological Microscope
  • X-Rays & Luminescence
  • The Spectroscope
  • Advanced Crystallography
  • Methods of Producing Synthetic Gem Materials
  • Synthetic Diamond & Diamond Simulants
  • Imitations & Gemstone Enhancements
  • Mineralogy and Geology
  • Gem Species
  • Non-Mineral Gems

Gemmology Basics Theory Course

Schedule: TBA
Time:  1-night a week for 3 hours a week for 12 weeks  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (PST) or 9:00 pm – 12:00 am (EST)
Fees: $1,795.00
Place:  Classes held over Live and Interactive Zoom
Participants will receive a Statement of Completion afterword

The sessions will be live and interactive over zoom. Discussions and Q&As are encouraged for a more interactive learning.

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.

 

Download CGA Gemmology Basics Course Form

 

To see the course syllabus please click here.

Gemmology Basics Instrument Lab Course

Schedule:  TBA
Time:  1-night a week for 3 hours a week for 12 weeks – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
Fees: $1,795.00
Place:  Vancouver, BC
Participants will receive a Statement of Completion afterword

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

Download CGA Gemmology Basics Instrument Lab Course Form

 

To see the course syllabus please click here.

Gemmology Basics Intensive Instrument Lab Course

Schedule: TBA
Time:  1 week for 36 hrs
Fees: $1,795.00
Place:  Vancouver , BC
Participants will receive a Statement of Completion afterword

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

Download CGA Gemmology Basics Intensive Instrument Lab Course Form

 

To see the course syllabus please click here.

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.