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Gemmology and Jewellery - Industry Certifications


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Vancouver Community College offers the following programs for students seeking industry certifications in the gemmology and jewellery trades.

  1. Canadian Gemmological Association Diploma
  2. MasterValuer Appraisal Certificate of Completion
  3. Canadian Jewellers Association Graduate Jeweller Designation
  4. American Gem Society Graduate Sales Associate Certificate

For more information on how to attain these certificates, please see the program and course descriptions below.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January, April Varies Industry Association Certificates Downtown Full or Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, register now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the CS Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [business hours]

Program Description

Program Description

  1. Canadian Gemmological Association Diploma

    The Canadian Gemmological Association and VCC have partnered with Gem-A, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, to become an accredited and allied teaching centre for Gem-A.

    Canada will now join Australia and Great Britain in the parallel course and notes offerings.

    Graduates of the Canadian Gemmological Association Program will be given special exemption status if they choose to challenge the Gem-A examinations, in order to achieve their Fellow or FGA professional designation.

    The program is offered in an accelerated full-time format from May to August and in a part-time format over two years starting in September. To register in the accelerated program, please register in Gemmology Accelerated Program (GEMM 1110).

    The part-time format has two courses required for the diploma:

  2. Jewelers Education Foundation of the American Gem Society’s Graduate Sales Associate Certificate
  3. Please see course description for Graduate Sales Associate (GEMM 2137) for more detail.

  4. MasterValuer Appraisal Certificate of Completion
  5. Please see course description for MasterValuer Appraisal Program (GEMM 3101) for more detail.

  6. Canadian Jewellers Association Graduate Jeweller Designation
  7. Please see course description for Canadian Jeweller JETS Program (JEWL 1114) for more detail.

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/gemmology-and-jewellery-studies-2018-19


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Please see course description for additional admission requirements.

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Program Coordinator: Donna Hawrelko, VCC gemmology, 604.871.7000, ext. 8694
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC gemmology, 604.871.7000, ext. 8428

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 (201893)

(GEMM 1101) Preliminary Year Gemmology 0 credits    $4,161.40



This course covers the material in the first year of the two year Canadian Gemmological Association's program. Completing the two year program prepares you to write the final exam to receive a CGA Diploma.  The course is offered once a year on Wednesday evenings from September to June. Supplies and examination fees are additional costs. Students need to register seven days prior to the first class.

Please note that the study of gemmology requires the use of refractive index fluid which contains a small amount of methylene iodide. You will be requested to wear protective gloves.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30107 DTN Rm. 164
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
26-Sep-2018
to 01-Jul-2019
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  30107 DTN Rm. 163
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1730 - 2130
09-Oct-2018
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  30107 DTN Rm. 163
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1000 - 1600
19-Oct-2018
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  30107 DTN Rm. 163
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1730
22-Oct-2018
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  30107 DTN Rm. 164
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0800 - 1800
23-Oct-2018
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(GEMM 2101) Diploma Year Gemmology 0 credits    $6,119.90



This course is the second year of the part-time Canadian Gemmological Association Diploma program. The course is offered once a year on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from September to June. Tuesdays are theory classes and Thursdays are hands-on lab classes. The tuition fees do not include supplies and examination fees. Students need to register seven days prior to first class.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30108 DTN Rm. 164
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
18-Sep-2018
to 26-Jun-2019
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Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 (201992)

(GEMM 1110) Gemmology Accelerated Program 0 credits    $9,987.64



From May to August this summer, learn to be a professional gemmologist at Vancouver Community College downtown campus. The College offers an accelerated full-time day program in the summer for students wishing to acquire the background needed to write the exam required to receive a Canadian Gemmological Association Diploma. The program teaches full theory and practical curriculum. The course, GEMM 1110, has lecture and lab time in the classroom that includes hands-on work with gemstones and instruments. Prerequisites:Secondary school or equivalent (may be waived if students have work experience in jewellery or gemstones), English language skills and comprehension.

The fee includes all course notes, CGA student membership and tuition fees. Examination fees are extra and are paid to the Canadian Gemmological Association. This program has the same course content as the part-time program. Application fee: $50.00

Please note that the study of gemmology requires the use of refractive index fluid which contains a small amount of methylene iodide. You will be requested to wear protective gloves.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20129 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1630
27-May-2019
to 21-Aug-2019
TBATo be assigned
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(GEMM 3101) MasterValuer Appraisal Program 0 credits    $5,685.58



Developed by Anna Miller, an international expert in appraisal science, the MasterValuer Program in jewellery appraisal studies is recognized as the premier appraisal training program in the world. You can become a gem and jewellery appraiser or improve and enhance your appraisal skills with this comprehensive program that provides a solid foundation in the principles and methods of appraising gems and jewellery. This 30-session program offers 90 hours of classroom training, labs, hands-on exercises, and workshops with information you can use immediately in an appraisal practice. The course is graded. You must pass the final exam and complete a research project to complete the program. Sessions begin in September.

Prospective students need to apply for acceptance into this program. Please see the website for more details.. Once accepted into the program, your tuition is due no later than one week before the class begins. Once the course begins, students will not receive a refund if they withdraw. Students will need to purchase two textbooks that are approximately $50.00 each. Prerequisites: Students hold a recognized Gemmological Diploma.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20127 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1730
21-May-2019
to 05-Jun-2019
Howard, Karen
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Canadian Jeweller JETS Program (JEWL 1114)
course schedule schedule
0 credits N/A
Diploma Year Gemmology (GEMM 2101)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $6,119.90
Gemmology Accelerated Program (GEMM 1110)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $9,987.64
Graduate Sales Associate (GEMM 2137)
course schedule schedule
0 credits N/A
MasterValuer Appraisal Program (GEMM 3101)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $5,685.58
Preliminary Gemmology Exam Review (GEMM 1102)
course schedule schedule
0 credits N/A
Preliminary Year Gemmology (GEMM 1101)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $4,161.40


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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