Well done, Oya, however in comparing prices, the courses you listed
mentioned fees and facts for both residence and home study courses.
And, naturally, home study is less expensive, as you have stated for
the GemA course. To do it residence is approximately $11,000.00 U.S.
I am impressed with your evaluation of the courses; they are very
good and a good read for any person interested in studying gemology
from a student’s perspective, although, you have your preference,
which I see to be the German course…
Other than that, your descriptions were well done, in FGA, which we
teach, we do have a full lab and also all the gems to examine and
identify and in our correspondence courses, since we are in the US,
we can send them out easier and also invite our home study students
to come to the school, CIJT, for instrumentation and practical.
In addition, we offer exam prep before each exam, conducted by Donna
Hawrelko GG. FGA., FCGmA, of Canada, she really great knowledge and
teaching methods for gemology and the students and they do "get it"
when she gives the class, it just is a great wrap up of the course.
They say she just pulls it all together. Our students do acknowledge
that it is “heavy” and intense but are so fulfilled with the
accomplishment of successfully passing both exams.
We too, have had students pass the foundation of FGA first and it
did take some time with the Diploma due to the theory portion, which
is indeed not simple. But it is knowledge and exciting and probably
the best way to choose would be to take the challenge of what you
want to do.
We also have several G.G.'s who do take our course for additional
Now, with all this said, CIJT was an Allied Teaching Centre for Gem
A until two years ago when we changed to teach the Canadian version
of FGA. Logistics made it a better fit for us to communicate.
In summary, the course does have some multiple choice questions, and
as stated, we are teaching the Canadian Version of FGA, offered by
the Canadian Gemmology Association, an affiliate of GemA for over 50
years, so it is all good.
All the best, Dee
California Institute of Jewelry Training (CIJT)