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 specialised 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, see About GIA.

About GIA in India

Does GIA have its operations in India?

GIA has its education and lab services facility at Mumbai, and classrooms in New Delhi and Surat. Additionally, GIA routinely conducts various courses and seminars in over 60 locations across India. Call us Toll Free at 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 located in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.

Does GIA offer courses in different cities?

GIA offers its diploma courses in Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and New Delhi. In addition, GIA also conducts lab classes and seminars across various locations in India. Call us Toll Free number at 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 as per GIA norm 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.

Accreditation & 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 Accrediting Council (DEAC). ACCSC and DEAC are listed by the U.S. Department of Education as nationally recognised 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 is the first vocational training institute in India to have achieved NABET accreditation certificate in 2013.

Does GIA offer skill development initiative programmes in India?

As a training partner of Gem and Jewellery Skill Sector Council of India (GJSCI), GIA has trained people from the industry under STAR scheme programme in 2013-14.
About Courses

What courses are available at GIA?

GIA in India offers courses in Diamond, Coloured Stones, Pearls, Jewellery Design and Sales.

Diploma Courses

1) Graduate Gemologist (GG)
2) Graduate Diamonds (GD)
3) Graduate Colored Stones (GCS)

Certificate Courses

1) Jewelry Design (JD)

Professional Development

1) Applied Jewelry Professional (AJP)
2) Introduction to Merchandising (IM)

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)

For trade, GIA regularly offers seminars at various locations across India. Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.


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 areas.

Where do I get details on GIA courses?

Detailed course contents are available on our website at GIA Programmes.
Please contact us Toll-Free at 1800 41 999 14 or send e-mail to eduindia@gia.edu
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. Also, all courses are conducted in English language only. Hence, proficiency in English language is required. All Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

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.

Academic Policies

What is GIA’s Policy on Attendance?

  • Classes begin promptly at their scheduled starting time. Students who are not in the classroom at that time are marked tardy or absent. A student may not leave the classroom without taking permission from the instructor, other than at regularly scheduled break times.
  • Tardiness is defined as being absent from the classroom for a total of less than one hour during the daily scheduled class hours, without the instructor’s permission, except during scheduled breaks. Absence is defined as being absent from the classroom for a total of one hour or more during the daily scheduled class hours, without the instructor’s permission, except during scheduled breaks.
  • On-campus diploma class students are strongly encouraged to be present during the entire first week.
  • Lab students who miss any portion of the first day of class, or who otherwise exceed the maximum number of absences are dismissed.
  • Lab students enrolled in classes of five days or less and who are dismissed cannot make up missed time and must re-enrol, paying the current full tuition fees.
  • Students who exceed the maximum allowable absences or tardies are dismissed from their course or programme.

Maximum Allowable Tardies and Absences

Class Tardies Absences
Graduate Diamonds programme 5 3
Graduate Colored Stones programme 15 5
Jewelry Design course 5 3
Lab class (3 days or 21 hours) N/A Cannot miss any portion of the first day.
2 hours maximum for the duration of the class.
Lab class (5-10 days or 35 hours) N/A Cannot miss any portion of the first day.
3 hours maximum for the duration of the class.
Lab class (10 days or 60 hours) N/A Cannot miss any portion of the first day.
6 hours maximum for the duration of the class.

Classroom Timings

GIA INDIA MUMBAI CAMPUS
1) Diploma and Certificate Classes 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
2) Lab Classes (On-Campus and Outstation) 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

(Please check with the Admissions office for class timings for classes outside Mumbai campus)
Any changes in the above will be intimated by admission office / instructor at the time of orientation.


I want to know more about GIA’s Academic Policies.

Each student’s class participation, homework, projects, quizzes and examinations are evaluated.

Students are evaluated on the following benchmarks as indicated on the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy table by clock hours completed (number of weeks shown are for full-time programmes). Additional completion levels may be required within individual courses and programmes. See your syllabus or class schedule for details.

Instructors or the management may call a student at any time to discuss their progress. Students who do not meet the satisfactory progress standards are placed on academic probation. A written probation notice will state the conditions and length of the probationary period. Students who do not meet the conditions of their probation are dismissed.

On campus students who are withdrawn may be given the option to repeat time by re-enrolling in another class on a space available basis; additional fees are charged for repeated time. Students who are dismissed from a class and who decide to repeat a portion of the course or programme will enter the new class with an adjusted number of accumulated tardies and absences.

This adjustment is based on either a prorated calculation according to the length of the programme, or the student’s actual previous attendance record, whichever is to the benefit of the student.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Gemologist programme are subject to individual attendance policies of the Graduate Diamonds and Graduate Colored Stones programmes.



Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Programme Timeline Clock hours Benchmarks – Satisfactory Academic Progress
Graduate Gemologist Diploma (On Campus – 28 Weeks)
Graduate

Diamonds
Week 2 60 Hours
  • Pass the Diamond Essentials final exam
  • Maintain a minimum score of 70% on all quizzes and 75% on exams
  • Complete at least 70% of the minimum practical requirements
  • Submit all the scheduled homework and other required assignments
Week 4 120 Hours
  • Maintain a minimum average score of 75% on all quizzes
  • Complete at least 90% of the minimum practical requirements
  • Submit all of the scheduled homework and other required assignments
Week 7 210 Hours
  • Stone count must be at 100% for 5-Stone practical exam
Graduate

Colored Stones
Week 12 360 Hours
  • Pass the Colored Stone Essentials final exam
  • Maintain a minimum score of 70% on all quizzes and 75% on exams
  • Complete at least 90% of the minimum practical requirements
  • Submit all the scheduled homework and other required assignments
Week 18 540 Hours
  • Maintain a minimum average score of 75% on all quizzes
  • Complete at least 95% of the minimum practical requirements
  • Submit all the scheduled homework and other required assignments
Week 26 780 Hours
  • Stone count must be at 100% for 20-Stone practical exam
Jewelry Design Course (On Campus – 9 Weeks)
Jewelry

Design
Week 2 60 Hours
  • Submit all scheduled homework, practical requirements and other assignments
  • Complete 75% of Unit I Design projects with a minimum grade of 75%
Week 4 120 Hours
  • Complete 100% of Unit I Design projects with a minimum grade of 75%
Week 6 180 Hours
  • Complete 75% of Unit II Design projects with a minimum grade of 75%

Note: These policies and requirements apply to all specified courses and programmes, unless mentioned otherwise. Policies are subject to change.

Admissions Criteria

What are the admission requirements?
The following documents are required by students from India:

  • 1. Duly filled-up application form
  • 2. Proof of Education. (Minimum educational qualification required is H.S.C. or equivalent to 10 + 2)
  • 3. Proof of Identity (Valid Passport copy, Driving Licence). For students being sponsored by their employing company, additional requirements include a cover letter from the company and a copy of photo identity card duly issued by a competent authority.
  • 4. One passport size photograph
  • 5. Copy of PAN card (applicant/sponsor)
  • 6. Copy of cancelled cheque


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 respond with details. Once admission gets confirmed, following documents are required from International students:

  • 1. Duly filled-up application form
  • 2. Proof of Education. (Minimum educational qualification required is H.S.C. or equivalent to 10 + 2)
  • 3. Proof of Identity (Valid Passport copy, Driving Licence). For students being sponsored by their employing company, additional requirements include a cover letter from the company and a copy of photo identity card duly issued by a competent authority.
  • 4. One passport size photograph
  • 5. Copy of PAN card (applicant/sponsor)
  • 6. Copy of cancelled cheque
  • 7. Copy of valid student VISA to be provided before class start date.
  • 8. On Arrival, the student is required to register at the nearest police station and provide a copy of the same to GIA India Admissions Office.
  • 9. Complete FRRO registration within stipulated time, as per VISA requirement


As a student residing outside Mumbai, what costs may 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 classroom 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 Toll Free at 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.

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 Toll Free at 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. Students can apply between 1 February – 31 March or 1 August – 30 September at GIA.edu/scholarships. For more information, please contact us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or send a mail to eduindia@gia.edu

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


Where do I find refund policies?
Refund policies are applicable in case of cancellation of admission in a class. Please refer to application form for refund policy.

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

Alumni

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 GIA.edu. To know more about Alumni Chapter in India, please contact us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or send a mail to eduindia@gia.edu

Locations/Branches in India

Where does GIA offer its courses?
GIA offers courses at over 60 locations in India. If you are interested in conducting Lab Classes or 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 us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

Which courses are available in Delhi?
In Delhi, all Lab Classes and Seminars are offered. We also offer the coveted Graduate Gemologist Diploma Program at our GIA classroom at IIGJ Campus at Jhandewalan, New Delhi.

Which courses are available in Surat?
In Surat, all Lab Classes and Seminars are offered. We also offer the coveted Graduate Gemologist Diploma Program at our GIA classroom at Surat Diamond Association premises at Varachha Road, Surat.

Corporate Clients

What seminars/training programmes are available for manufacturers or their employees?
GIA programmes are suitable for employees to enhance their skills. Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

Can GIA conduct training at our location?
GIA conducts classes at client’s locations. Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

Career/ Placement

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

Does GIA provide placement?
GIA Students Services team provides assistance to GIA Alumni in finding suitable industry placement. Interested companies from the gem and jewellery industry approach GIA with their requirements. The job description of desired candidate is 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 and sales and marketing professionals.

What are GIA Placement Camps?
GIA Placement Camps are a platform where recruiters and job-seekers from the gem & jewellery industry come together and communicate. GIA organises Placement Camps regularly. For more information, please contact us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or send a mail to eduindia@gia.edu


Does GIA assure a Job?
GIA does not offer job guarantee. GIA, however, undertakes various initiatives to bring together job-seekers and employers through the Student Services team. For more information, students and GIA Alumni can contact us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or send a mail to eduindia@gia.edu


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 careersindia@gia.edu. The candidate will be contacted directly depending on requirement and suitability as per GIA’s Employment policy.

Student Workroom in Mumbai

GIA student workrooms give Distance Education students affordable access to all the equipments and gemstones needed to complete the practical requirement of the Gem Identification course. This self-study room is also available to students who are preparing for the 20-stone final exam, taking a proctored exam, or simply practising their grading and identification skills. Learn more about Student Workroom here.

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