The Jewelers of America (JA) organization recognized the need for a
'Standard' for describing the skill level of bench jewelers a few
As a result, they established titles for several levels of skill
(sorry I don't know all the titles). Each of the levels is attained
by completing a specified test. The test involves a written portion
where the test taker demonstrates his knowledge of the jewelry
industry & a practical, hands on portion where he must complete a
procedure normally expected of someone with that level of skill.
All the tests are timed & performed under supervision. Successful
completion results in the awarding of a certificate by the Jewelers
of America stating that the recipient has reached a given level of
expertise. The highest certificate is (if I'm not mistaken),
Certified Master Bench Jeweler.
Next to getting certified, the biggest problem is educating the
public & even some of the folks in the industry about the existence,
implication & meaning of the various levels of certification.
When completing many of the basic classes at schools like New
Approach & Revere Academy, the successful student is awarded the 1st
level of certification.