The blended structure of the programme strikes a perfect balance between theory and practical components, providing the flexibility of studying the remote portion of the programme where you want, while continuing to meet your other commitments.
Remote Learning: You will pursue the theory component of the programme by attending online classes with an instructor, who will impart knowledge and training on topics including diamond formation, diamond crystal, diamond and light, diamond mining, diamond market and much more. After enrolling for the programme, you will receive printed course materials delivered to your address and complete your assignments online.
Classroom Learning: This practical component of the programme will be pursued on-campus, where you will get hands-on experience as you physically examine diamond quality characteristics, grade and identify diamonds and meet stone count requirements for the programme. When studying on campus, you will receive tweezers, a 10x loupe, a pointer probe, plotting pens, a gem cloth, a table gauge, a crown angle card, a colour grading card and a lab manual.
The program combines remote and on-campus learning modes with total clock hours of 210 instructional hours and a calendar duration of 12 weeks. The remote learning mode is scheduled for 3 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 8 weeks; and the on-campus learning mode is scheduled for 5 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for 4 weeks.
What Will You Learn
- Develop hands-on experience with the GIA International Diamond Grading SystemTM and the 4Cs of Diamond Quality (Colour, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight), and explore how they affect diamond value
- Grade diamonds in the D-to-Z colour range
- Detect laboratory-grown diamonds, treatments, and simulants
- Recognise when advanced testing is required
Possible Career Paths
Auction House Jewellery Specialist
Jewellery Business Owner
Frequently Asked Question
Diamonds & Diamond GradingJudge and grade diamonds by the 4Cs and color.
Equipment & InstrumentationLearn diamond identification and grading skills GIA graders use.
Treatments, Laboratory-Grown & ImitationsIdentify gemstones that have been laboratory-grown, treated or are imitations.
Markets & Supply ChainsUnderstand how market factors and the supply chain affect value.
Established in 1931, GIA protects the public through gemmological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services, and instrument development. The world’s foremost authority in gemmology and creator of the 4Cs, GIA sets the standard for determining the quality of diamonds and performs research-based identification of coloured gems and pearls. All of GIA's activities are governed by its mission to serve the public. Learn More