Gem-A launches debut online-only entry-level qualification


The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Gem-A, has expanded its portfolio of gemmology qualifications with an online-only, entry-level course: GemIntro.

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Designed to complement the Association’s existing portfolio of study options, including the internationally recognised Gemmology and Diamond Diplomas, this new beginner’s level course aims to make gemmology education more accessible and, as a result, professionalise wider, trade-related disciplines with accurate, science-based knowledge.

This fully online course leverages contemporary online platforms to disseminate much-needed content quickly and affordably. Participants will work towards an accredited Ofqual Level 2 qualification, accompanied by a formal Gem-A Certificate.

GemIntro has been created to offer a thorough introduction to the fascinating world of gemstones, incorporating 11 lessons, 50+ videos and 30-hours of self-guided study. The syllabus, which focuses on 32 gem materials, was expertly created by the Association’s in-house and external partners to provide a completely interactive and insightful overview of core gemmological principles and key mineral species.

To secure the Ofqual Level 2 qualification certificate, GemIntro participants are expected to recognise, recall and show an understanding of basic gemmological principles; understand the properties of common gem materials, and have a basic understanding of common gem treatments, imitations and synthetics.

Registrations are now being accepted for students on this course, who will have access to course materials for six months from the registration date.

Alan Hart, CEO at Gem-A, says: “Gem-A has been educating people on gemstones longer than any other organisation across the world. It was only fitting that we also provide an entry-level, online-only course that educates those starting or progressing their careers, while also satisfying the curiosity of gemstone enthusiasts. We believe GemIntro has the power to increase confidence, expand knowledge and foster a whole new appreciation for gemstones among those who are new to the study.”

GemIntro is relevant to those working in fields directly linked and adjacent to gemstones, including retail, manufacture, jewellery design, mining, marketing communications and auctioneering. Those wishing to explore the many career opportunities associated with the study and application of gemmology may also find the course effective.

GemIntro is priced at £220. No previous qualifications or experience are required. Students are required to complete chapter quizzes to unlock restricted content, while a score of 80% or more is expected on the final assessment to secure the Level 2 qualification.

Students can progress on their gemmology journey with Gem-A by advancing to the long-standing Gemmology Foundation course, which can be studied via blended learning (in-person and online).

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To discuss becoming a GemIntro reseller or bulk licensing packages, email: [email protected].