Explore the gem and jewellery trade through comprehensive industry training in the science of gemmology.

Online Info Session 

Saturday, July 18 at 11:00am EST | 9:00am MST.

Hosted by the Canadian Gemmological Association, this is your chance to learn about the Gemmology program and the dazzling world of Gems!

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Upcoming Sessions: 
August 22 at 11:00am EST | 9:00am MST 
September 9 at 6:30pm EST | 4:30pm MST

The Canadian Gemmological Association's (CGA) professional gemmology program offers a guided exploration of the wonderful world of gems while equipping students with an in-depth understanding of the science of gemmology and how it applies to all aspects of the gem and jewellery trade. Be the first to know! Sign up for announcements and updates!

Preliminary Gemmology Certificate

Career Pathways

The Gemmology program allows you to explore many different career avenues in the gem and jewellery trade on its own or in conjunction with other training, including Sales, Mining, Goldsmithing, and Jewellery Design.


The Preliminary Gemmology Certificate is one course that is separated into successive modules about the science of gemology that are completed one at a time.

Modules run from: TBD

WHEN: Wednesday Nights 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Alberta University of the Arts



Gems and Gemmology What is gemmology? What is a gemstone? Discover gemstones and the science of gemmology.
Observation and Magnification Learn how to look at gems and understand what you see.
Materials and Structure Focus on crystals, crystal structure and crystal patterns also known as crystallography. You can learn a lot about a gem from its rough shape.
Durability Explore the difference between hardness and toughness and how that affects the stability of a stone.
Weight, Density, and Specific Gravity Understand weight and how that affects the price. What are density and specific gravity?
Light and Optics Understand what light waves and light energy is, and how they are used in gemmology?
Colour Explore light, colour, colour-change effects, and how the visible spectrums affect gemstones.
Other Gem Properties Understand luminescence, UV, X-Ray and more. Explore how the non-visible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum interact with gemstones.
Geology of Gems Learn about the origin, occurrence and the locality of gemstones. A look at the earth, how gems form and the different type of rocks.
Gemstone Pipeline Investigate gem mining, recovery, ethics and the environment. Learn how gems get from the mine to the consumer.
Fashioning Gemstones Understand the fine art of lapidary and the different cuts of gemstones and diamonds.
Gems and Jewellery Learning about different gemstone settings and styles, common metals used in the jewellery industry, appraisals and how to test set stones.
Treatments Understanding how and why we treat stones, disclosing treatments and how to spot them.
Imitations, Simulants and Synthetics Explore the differences between imitations, simulants and synthetics, including the definitions and common misunderstandings.
The Gemstones Learn the physical, optical and chemical properties of the most common gemstones.


Fees Payable to AUArts
Fee Name Fee Amount
(not including GST)
Tuition* $4,140
Technology Fee


Processing Fee $75
Total $4,340

*Tuition based on full certificate


Other Fees/Student Expenses (estimated)
Textbooks $500
Supplies $450
CGA Membership $50
Total $1,000


Admission Requirements

Language Proficiency – English Language Proficiency (if educated outside Canada)

A score of 83% or higher on an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) on the Internet-based test (iBT), with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four testing sections, or 220 on the computer-based test (CBT).

A score of 70% or higher on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment, or a score of 70, or higher on the computer edition (CAEL CE)

A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Test (IELTS)

Completion Requirements

  • 67% passing grade on the Final Examination
  • Modules required: 15
  • Hours needed: 99