Friday, June 23, 2017
  • Choose Canadian

    Since 1958, the CGA has provided a top-tier Canadian source for gemmological training and a medium for interaction between gemmologists in Canada. Learn more about our mandate ...

    Photo: Natural Canadian diamond from the Ekati Mine
    Design-copyrighted Snowflake cut by: Wobito Gems Ltd.
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  • Embrace Excellence

    Choose the best people for the job!

    Fellows of the Canadian Gemmological Association (FCGmA) are qualified gemmologists who have completed a rigorous set of standardized examinations demonstrating mastery of gemmological theory and hands-on practical gem identification skills.

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  • Indulge Your Passion

    The CGA is your top choice for premium gemmological education at all levels, delivered by dedicated instructors focused on the success of each student. Get an overview of our programs ...

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Gemmology Courses

  • Education Overview +

    Master fundamentals of gemmology or fine tune your skills to advance your career.

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  • Professional Gemmology Program +

    The CGA's professional gemmology training is available in several formats ...

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  • General Interest +

    Courses for those who want to learn more about gems without undertaking professional training. 

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  • Advanced Courses +

    Keep your gemmological expertise up to date.

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  • Fellowship +

    Diamond and ruby rings. Artwork by: Collins & Chandler Gallery, Photo:


    Fellows of the Canadian Gemmological Association are
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Professional Courses

Gemmology Accelerated Program
Sept 5 - Dec 21, 2017

Jewellery Associate-Gemmology Specialist
Sept 19, 2017 - May 15, 2018

Gemmology Program
Sept 18, 2017 - May 17, 2018

Advanced Topics

Diamond Grading
July 10-14, 2017

Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Program 
June 10, 2017-next session of weekends

Wed Sept 6, 2017 - start of one night a week (excluding monthly meeting nights)

Mon July 17, 2017-start of 90 hr accelerated course

Coloured Stone Grading and Valuation
August 11 - 13, 2017

Pre-Exam Lab

General Interest

Diamond and Diamond Imitations
Sept 16 and 17, 2017 

Gem Appreciation
August 18, 2017
June 25, 2017 - Calgary   

Intro to Gem ID
Mon Aug 28 & Tues Aug 29, 2017    

Talking Diamonds
August 17, 2017 - Toronto 
June 11, 2017 - Calgary  



... one of the highlights of my educational pursuits and gemmological adventures.
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Verify Credentials

Fellows of the Canadian Gemmological Association are qualified gemmologists who renew their credentials annually. Use the Search for Members function on our About/Membership page to determine the current status of members.

Fellowship Exam Dates

June 2017 Session

  • Preliminary level: Mon June 12
  • Professional level 
    • theory: Tues June 13
    • practical: Wed June 14

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Download the Exam Registration Form from the Education/Course Forms page.

Pre-Exam Lab

Next Session: Mon May 29 to Fri June 2, 2017
Check out the Education/Advanced Courses page to learn more about how to prepare for professional exams!

CGA at the Shows

Wondering what those gems are that you've had tucked in the back of the drawer for ages? Visit our booth at an Ontario Gem & Mineral show to find out!
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Open House Dates

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Want to know more? Drop by the classroom at 55 Queen St East, meet our instructors and learn more about our courses and gemmology in general or please phone to make an appointment.

Next Open House

  • Tuesday July 4, 2017  5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

The CGA offers sincere thanks to the following for their sponsorship and support:

CGA Conference 2017

Ruby Sponsor


Emerald Sponsor

   Sapphire Sponsors
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