A word about the JA bench certification program… This is long
overdue. Most other countries have some sort of certification
and we should have one too.
I have been in on the development of the program and I can say
that the tests are very fair and reasonable. Clearly JA wants
people to pass, for a lot of reasons. The grading is very
objective and fair. This is a great program for our trade. It is
not perfect, but it comes very close.
The goldsmith wins by receiving recognition, the ability to look
for a job long distance and the clarification of strengths,
weaknesses and the ability to set new goals.
The store wins by placing a sign in the window announcing that
there is a JA Certified Jeweler on premises. It makes hiring much
The customer wins by knowing that a qualified professional is
working on their jewelry.
I would suggest this program to anybody serious about a career
at the bench. The tests are not cheap, but with Stuller’s
temporary scholarship assistance, the costs are not too steep
Call JA and ask for the BJC program. 800-223-0673. Alan