Monday, March 19, 2018
  • 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 ...

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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. Photo credit: Jennifer McKercher

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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 ...

    photo credit: Karen Howard
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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 +


    Fellows of the Canadian Gemmological Association are gemmologists with a strong grasp of both theory and practice who have
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Professional Courses

Gemmology Accelerated Program
September 4 to December 20, 2018

Jewellery Associate-Gemmology Specialist
Sept 18, 2018 - May 14, 2019

Accelerated Jewellery Associate-Gemmology Specialist New this Fall!
August 20, 2018-Dec 17, 2018-

Gemmology Program
Sept 17, 2018 - May 16, 2019

Advanced Topics

Diamond Grading

April 16-20, 2018- Vancouver -New-register with affiliate teaching center VCC
July 9 - 13, 2018- Toronto

Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Program 
September 8 - December 9, 2018
apprx every other weekend

Sept 12,  2018 - start of one night a week (excluding monthly meeting nights)

April 23-May 4, 2018 -accelerated course-Vancouver -New-register with affiliate teaching center VCC
July 16, 2018 - August 3, 2018 - start of 90 hr accelerated course-Toronto

August 17 - 19, 2018 - 3 Day Workshop (Distance Education students rquirement)

Coloured Stone Grading and Valuation
March 24, 2018

Pre-Exam Lab
June 11 - 15, 2018

General Interest

Diamond and Diamond Imitations
May 26-27 2018 - Toronto
Dec 1-2, 2018-Toronto

Gem Appreciation
March 3, 2018 - Toronto
August 8, 2018-Toronto
March 4, 2018 - Calgary

Intro to Gem ID
March 17-18, 2018- Toronto 
August 22-23, 2018-Toronto 

Talking Diamonds
Apr 15, 2018 - Toronto
Nov 3, 2018- Toronto

TBA - 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 2018 Session

  • Preliminary level: June 25, 2018
  • Professional level 
    • theory: June 26, 2018
    • practical: June 27, 2018

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

Pre-Exam Lab

Next Session: June 11 - 15, 2018 
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 May 22, 2018     3.00pm-4.30 pm 
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018  6.00pm-7.30pm
Please see Vancouver Community College website  for open house  dates in Vancouver.

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

CGA Conference 2018

Ruby Sponsor

Emerald Sponsor


   Sapphire Sponsors