Gem-A Gemmology Foundation Tuition Course
- with Exam
The tutor for this course is a professional Gemmologist and an accredited Gem-A tutor.
This Gemmology Foundation course is a required module that students must graduate from before students enrolment on the Gem-A Gemmology Diploma Course.
15 x Days of Gemmology Foundation tuition (Equivalent days of part-time tuition are available)
1 x Exam day
Part-time flexible tuition sessions are available
This course follows the syllabus as laid out by the Gem-A (The Gemmological Association of Great Britain).
The following topic are covered in this Gemmology Foundation Course.
Gemstone sources, creation and mining for retail on a variety of common gem materials.
An introduction to the usage of industry standard Gemmological equipment.
Classification – Defining gemstones characteristics and uses.
Professional and confident handling of gem materials including rough cut and polished gemstones.
Gemstone usage within the jewellery industry.
Identification of the characteristics that separate natural (organic), synthetic, treated and imitation gemstones.
Feature that determine the pricing and valuation of gemstones.
Industry standard gemmological report making – How to report your observations and tests on Gemstone specimens.
Gemstone professional care.
Course Fee, Location & Date
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TUITION AND EXAM FEES
Practical & Theory
15 Days or equivalent of Tuition | Fee £3195
- Each day is a 6 hour session (or equivalent part-time hours)
- Vat is not applicable to the tuition fee
- Currency is GBP
- Your Exam day is 1x additional day to the tuition days
Your Gem-A Exam & Materials Fee £1172 GBP
- YOU pay this separately to the GEM-A with tutor guidance at the time of your Exam enrolment
- The Exam / Materials fee is subject to change by the GEM-A in December 2020
TUITION Course Location
Course TUITION takes place at the Gemmology training centre of Gemmologist and tutor Kate, which is in Coventry near to Birmingham International Railway Station.
BUT but your Exam must take place at a certified Gem-A Examination Centre.
See below for further information
EXAM Materials Information
The Tutor is a certified trainer for the Gem-A, who will use sets of "Training stones" for your tuition which are of and exceed the quality of stones required to deliver the Course to Gem-A syllabus standards.
Training Materials (Student)
The Gem-A provides each student with a set of Course Materials* which are for template.
*The tutor will order materials for you and the cost is included as part of your Gem-A Exam & Materials Fee.
As these items are provided by Gem-A. note that it is possible that the items provided may differ from those listed above.
This course can only proceed with the approval of the GEM-A
(Gemmological Association of Great Britain)
If you wish to proceed with this course the tutor Kate H will make enquires as to the available dates and permission to run your course.
Once a course date has been confirmed a payment of the course TUITION FEE in full is required.
If the Gem-A need to cancel the Exam part of your course due to unforeseen circumstances they will most likely offer you an alternative exam date or centre.
EXAM (Gem-A) Location
Course Tuition Dates MUST coincide with the Gem-A Exam exam dates as follows:
a) Gem-A headquarters in London: Enrolment is October for the January Exam and Enrolment is March for the June Exam.
Additional dates may be offered by the Gem-A.
b) School of Jewellery Birmingham:
Dates to be advised .
Your Exam MUST take place at a certified Gem-A Examination Centre.
Tutor Kate will make an enquiry as to exam place availability.
Your place is not guaranteed at every Exam Centre because if insufficient students book an exam place then the Gem-A may cancel exams at that centre (e.g. January at the School of Jewellery Birmingham) and advise your must take your exam at Gem-A in London.
Course Booking Terms
Due to stringent terms applied by the Gem-A and the complex course arrangements there is a cancellation fee
TUITION Course Cancellation Fee £250
This will be deducted from your refund, if you cancel your course, up to 14 days before the start of your tuition course once your payment has been received.
No partial or full refund is available once the course has started.
Gem-A Registration/Exam Fee
You pay the exam fee direct to the Gem-A therefore they determine if a refund is possible or not if you cancel your exam place after enrolment.
How to Book
5 step booking procedure
1. Email and make an initial enquiry
2. Speak to the tutor about course suitability for you.
3. Complete Beginners in Gemmology MUST Book a 3 hour Introduction to Gem/Diamond Diploma session at £150
You must take this course so the tutor can determine if the Diamond Diploma Course course is right for you before you enrol or pay for tuition.
The three hour session includes:
Introduction to course materials
Discuss Exam course assignments
Overview of equipment types
4. Pay the Gem-A Course Registration Fee with tutor guidance.
5. Pay us the tuition fee in advance of your tuition commencement.
Payment for your TUITION FEE is required in advance .
You must pay by BACS
You will receive an invoice for the tuition fee advising of all the details.
There is a course cancellation fee applicable so you should make sure you can attend the tuition and exam dates BEFORE booking.
Credit card payments
These are are available via PayPal however they do incur an additional payment charge - please ask for details if required.