FAQs

Gemmology

What is Gemmology and how does one get education in this field?
Gemmology is the study of gemstones (Diamonds, Coloured Stones and Pearls). Education in this field is available through specialized institutes like GIA.

About GIA

I want to know more about GIA.
GIA is the world’s foremost authority in diamonds, coloured stones, and pearls. GIA exists to protect all purchasers of gemstones, by providing the education, laboratory services, research and instruments needed to accurately and objectively determine gemstone quality.
For more info, visit us at http://www.giaindia.in/about-gia-worldwide

About GIA in INDIA

Does GIA have its operations in India?

GIA has its education and lab services facility at Mumbai. Additionally, GIA in India routinely conducts various classes across different towns in India. Call our toll-free number 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

When did GIA start operations in India?

GIA started its education operations in India in 2004 and lab operations in 2008.It’s now located in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.

Does GIA offer courses in different cities?

GIA offers its diploma courses in Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur, Chennai, Bengaluru and Delhi. GIA lab classes and seminars are conducted across various locations in India. Call toll-free number 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

What is the qualification of GIA trainers in India?

All trainers are duly qualified and trained per GIA norm which is practiced worldwide.

Are the courses offered by GIA in India same as those offered in US?
All Diploma and Lab classes offered by GIA in India are same as those offered in US. Same curriculum is taught for these classes at every GIA campus. However, each campus has a different class schedule and the number of students per class may vary from location to location.

About Accreditation and Affiliation

Are GIA courses accredited in US?

GIA Carlsbad is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). GIA New York is accredited by the ACCSC as a branch of GIA Carlsbad. ACCSC’s accreditation is institutional in nature and includes GIA on-campus education only. GIA’s Distance Education courses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). ACCSC and DETC are listed by the U.S. Department of Education as nationally recognized accrediting agencies.

Are GIA courses accredited in India?

NABET is one of the constituent Boards of Quality Council of India (QCI) and is engaged in Accreditation for Schools and Vocational Training Institutes.
GIA in India is the first vocational training institute in India to have achieved NABET accreditation certificate

Does GIA offer skill development initiative programmes in India?

GIA in India is affiliated with Gem and Jewellery Skill Sector Council of India (GJSCI) as its training partner. It has trained people from the industry under STAR scheme programme. To know more, please call our Toll-Free No. 1800 41 999 14 or send a mail to eduindia@gia.edu
About Courses and Academics

What courses are available at GIA?

GIA in India offers courses in Diamond, Coloured Stones, Pearls, Jewellery Design and Sales Skills.
Diploma Courses
1) Graduate Gemologist (GG)
2) Graduate Diamonds (GD)
3) Graduate Colored Stones (GCS)
4) Applied Jewelry Professional (AJP)
Certificate Courses
1) Jewelry Design (JD)
Lab Classes
1) Diamond Grading Lab class (DGL)
2) Gem Identification Lab class (GID)
3) Colored Stone Grading Lab Class (CSGL)
4) Pearl Grading Lab (PGL)
Seminars on Diamonds, Coloured Stones and Jewellery Designing
The duration of courses offered range from 2 hours to 6 months.

What are Lab classes?

Lab classes are short-duration practical-oriented programmes. Diamond Grading lab class, Gem Identification lab class, Colored Stone Grading lab class and Pearl Grading lab class are ideal for enhancing skills and to be proficient in respective area.
For more details, please view our catalogue at http://www.giaindia.in/viewrequest-catalogue

Where do I get details on GIA courses?

Detailed course contents are available on our website at http://www.giaindia.in/education/
The catalogue can be viewed / downloaded by visiting our website at http://www.giaindia.in/viewrequest-catalogue
Alternately, please contact us at Toll-Free No. 1800 41 999 14 or send e-mail to eduindia@gia.edu

Where do I get details on GIA academic policy?

Detailed academic policy can be referred to in our catalogue. The catalogue can be viewed / downloaded by visiting our website at http://www.giaindia.in/viewrequest-catalogue
Alternatively please contact us at Toll-Free No. 1800 41 999 14 or send e-mail to eduindia@gia.edu
Eligibility

What is the eligibility criterion for enrolling in any GIA course?
The applicant for GIA Diploma / Lab classes should have minimum higher secondary or equivalent qualification.

Is there an entrance exam for GIA courses?
There is no entrance exam. However, there are limited seats per class. The seats are allotted on first-come-first-serve basis.

Admissions Criteria

What are the admission requirements?
The following documents are required by students from India:-
1. Application form duly filled-up
2. Education proof (HSC or 10+2 + or equivalent)
3. ID proof (Passport / Driving License)
4. Photo (1 Passport size)
5. Bank details (Cancelled blank cheque of your bank account)

What are the admission requirements for International Students?
For guidance, you can send us a brief about you at eduindia@gia.edu and we will revert with details.

Once admission gets confirmed, following documents are required from International students:-
1. Application form duly filled-up
2. Education proof (HSC or 10+2 + or equivalent)
3. ID proof (Passport / Driving License)
4. Photo (1 passport size)
5. Copy of valid Student Visa (Before class start-date)
6. Copy of registration at Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) (To be done on arrival)
7. Bank details (Cancelled blank cheque of your bank account)

What costs will I incur in addition to the tuition fees?
Food, housing, local transportation, insurance, medical services, and entertainment are additional expenses that are not covered by tuition payments. However, as an On-Campus student, your books, materials and course-related equipment (for class-room use) are supplied.

Can you help me find accommodation in Mumbai?
Relevant information and assistance will be available at the front office of Mumbai campus of GIA in India. For assistance, please contact us at Toll-Free No. 1800 41 999 14 or send e-mail to eduindia@gia.edu

I am an international student.What kind of VISA is required to attend a class?
Valid Student VISA is required for the same.

GIA in India

Is there any Instalment facility available for paying course fees?
Instalment facility is available for GD, GCS, GG and JD programmes.
For assistance, please contact us at Toll-Free No. 1800 41 999 14 or send a mail to eduindia@gia.edu

Is there a fee assistance / scholarship provided?
GIA announces scholarship every year for students. The announcement is displayed on GIA web-site. (www.giaindia.in)

Is there a loan facility available from GIA to pursue education?
GIA does not provide any such facility.

Where do I find refund policies?
Refund policies are applicable in case of cancellation of admission in a class. Please refer to enrolment form / catalogue available on website for refund policy.

Can I change my course dates?
Batch-transfer requests are accepted if made within 30-day period prior to commencement date. Processing fee is applicable for all batch-transfer requests.

Alumni

Are Alumni invited for GIA Seminars /Trade Shows?
Yes, alumni is invited for trade shows (where GIA is an exhibitor or participant) and also for seminars organized by GIA for its alumni members.

I am a Graduate Gemologist from USA, can I be a part of Alumni Group in India?
You automatically become a part of the international alumni group once you have registered online at www.gia.edu.For local registration, you can contact GIA in India for assistance.

Locations/Branches in India

Where does GIA offer its courses?
GIA offers courses at over 60 locations in India.
If you are interested in holding GIA lab classes / seminars for Gems & Jewellery fraternity or your organisation’s employees, please contact us for details. GIA will make effort to conduct class in your city.
Call our toll-free number 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with GIA Representative close to your location.

Which courses are available in Delhi?
In Delhi, all lab classes and seminars are offered. We have also launched the coveted Graduate Diamonds Diploma programme at our GIA classroom at IIGJ Campus at Jhandewalan in New Delhi.

Which courses are available in Surat?
In Surat, all lab classes and seminars are offered. We have also launched the coveted Graduate Diamonds Diploma programme at our GIA classroom at Surat Diamond Association Premises at Varachha Road

Corporate Clients

What seminars/training programmes are available for Manufacturers or their employees?
We have various lab classes and seminars for Diamond Manufacturers or their employees. This is a part of our Skill – building Seminar series.

Can GIA conduct training at our Location?
GIA can conduct training at your location.
Call our toll-free number 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with GIA Representative close to your location.

Career/ Placement

I have industry experience. How does GIA course help to enhance my career?
GIA education will give you cutting edge knowledge required to grow in the industry. This knowledge is very likely to give you an upper hand wherever you are working.

Does GIA provide placement?
GIA Students Services Team provides assistance to the GIA Alumni in finding suitable industry-placement. Interested companies from the Gem and jewellery industry approach GIA with their requirements. The specified description of desired candidate profile circulated among Alumni. Interested Alumni can directly contact the hiring companies for suitable jobs on offer.
Common enquiries are for diamond graders, gemmologists, jewellery designers, sales and marketing professionals.

What is GIA Jewellery Career Fair?
The GIA Jewellery Career Fair is a platform where recruiters and job-seekers from the Gem & Jewellery industry come together and communicate. GIA organizes such Career Fairs regularly and have so far conducted at Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Jaipur.
For more details, please visit us at : http://www.giaindia.in/gia/Introduction_to_the_Career_Fair.aspx

Does GIA assure a Job?
GIA offers no job guarantee.
GIA, however, conducts initiative to bring together job-seekers and employers at ‘GIA Jewellery Career Fair’. All GIA Alumni can participate in the Career Fair. They can additionally contact ‘Student Services’ wing who can provide opportunity to meet with prospective employers against specific candidate-profile requests received from the industry.
Call our toll-free number 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with GIA Representative close to your location and know more about upcoming GIA Career Fair in or close to your city.

After my course with GIA, can I get a job in GIA?
Anyone interested to pursue a career with GIA can apply to the HR department at hr.giaindia@gia.edu. The candidate will be contacted directly depending on requirement and suitability as per GIA Employment policy

For more details and registration contact :-
Contact No. : 1800 41 999 14
Mobile : +91750673 2927
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