Wednesday, March 21, 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
August 8, 2018-Toronto
TBA - Calgary

Intro to Gem ID
August 22-23, 2018-Toronto 

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

TBA - Calgary  

Diamond Award Announced

The Canadian Gemmological Association Diamond Award 

This annual award has been created to bring attention to those who have made significant contributions through influence and support to Canadian Gemmology

These contributions and influence can be made through: Business

  • Gemmological Education
    Gemmological Research 
  • Exploration and Mining of Canadian Gemstones 
  • Development of instruments 
  • Practical applications such as lapidary and diamond cutting 

  • Recipients Must:
    Be in good standing with the CGA, GEM-A. Not be a current officer on the CGA Board.

    How to nominate:
    Fill out the nomination form on the CGA website
  • Nomination form-Diamond Award

    o April 30th - Nomination Deadline
    o July - Recipient Voted on by CGA members

    Recipient will be selected by a majority vote of CGA members o October – Recipient Awarded at Annual CGA conference

    The winner will receive a $2000 CND cheque from the CGA
    Their name added to a permanent plaque listing all recipients at the CGA Toronto Office and on the CGA website.

CGA Toronto to offer Accelerated JAGS

open houseToronto dates
Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Wednesday August 1, 2018
Lower concourse, 55 Queen Street E

Interested in Studying Gemmology? 

Please join us for an information session at our classroom.  Meet some of  our instructors who will be able to answer all your questions about our various part time and full time courses. 

Find out about the new offering of a one day a week Accelerated JAGS program--the first year towards fullfillment of your Gemmology course is now offered in a new time format come Fall of 2018.  

If you cannot attend the information meeting, please phone or email for details about our courses   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1 Day colour stone workshop

1 Day - Gemstone Grading and Valuation
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Hands-on Workshop

In Co-operation with the
Canadian Gemmological Association
CGA Classroom - Toronto at 55 Queen St. East, concourse level

Contact: Helmut Koenig email at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Classes may be cancelled if attendance requirements are not met.  A full refund will be issued to participants if a class is cancelled.
Cost - $250.00 (plus HST = $282.50) - Limited seating
Hours are 9:30am to 4:30pm

Who Can Benefit?  Gemmology students, graduates, gemstone and jewellery enthusiasts, goldsmiths, store owners, sales associates, gem buyers, lab personnel, jewellery designers and Geologists.

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CGA Conference 2018

Our speakers are from Hong Kong to Scotland, from USA to Canada!
See the great list of speakers on the Conference Speakers tabs.

More exciting announcements are still to be made

The 60th Anniversary Conference
and celebration  of 
the Canadian Gemmological Association
will be held in Vancouver October 19-21, 2018.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!


  • Monthly Meetings
    Meeting picsMonthly meetings provide an informal environment for members share the latest news and to show off recent acquisitions.
  • Latest CGA News
    Master Valuer 3 day Workshop   New

    This course is open to to Distance Education students of the Master Valuer program. In order to complete your course you must complete a hands on practical component.  In 3 days you will get experience in preparing the documents needed for completing an appraisal and have the chance to discuss with a qualified intructor different methods of approaching appraisals. Creating documents for jewellery in class is a major part of the class.
    Cost: $1850

    Next session: Monday - Wednesday,  November 13-15, 2017 
                        9.30-4.30pm daily 


... 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

Read more ...
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!
Outreach & Shows - read more ...


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