Professional Education

Pursue your passion.

Whether you’re taking the next step in your professional journey or starting a new career, GIA courses and diploma programs prepare you for success. We offer the finest gem and jewelry education in the world with curriculum developed from our groundbreaking research and delivered by the industry’s leading experts. GIA gives you the knowledge and practical skills to translate your love for gems and jewelry into a rewarding career.

Gemology Learn the secrets of diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies.

The world of gemstones beckons.

Gems are cherished around the world, and there are always opportunities for trained gemologists. Buying and selling diamonds in Manhattan’s Diamond District. Negotiating deals with jewelry executives in Hong Kong. Charting sapphire mining trends in Tanzania. Being a trained gemologist is like having an international passport that takes you anywhere gems and jewelry shine. 

Career Paths
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Gem and Jewelry Buyer
  • Lab and Research Professional
  • Diamond Manufacturer
  • Appraiser
  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Staff Gemologist
  • Instructor
  • Loose Stone Dealer

Gemology Program Options

  • GG
    Graduate Gemologist

    Earn the industry’s most prestigious credential.

     

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  • GD
    Graduate Diamonds

    Learn to speak the language of diamonds and embark on an exciting career path.
     

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  • GCS
    Graduate Colored Stones

    Immerse yourself in a world of color and be prepared to seize a spectrum of opportunities.
     

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  • GP
    Graduate
    Pearls

    Discover the special allure of pearls and launch a career in this centuries-old trade.
     

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Jewelry Gain in-depth knowledge of gems and precious metals and acquire the expertise to sell, fabricate or repair.

Establish yourself in the glamorous retail jewelry sector.

A career in retail sales can be rewarding, exciting, and lucrative. If you love selling jewelry and being part of that special moment in your customers’ lives, GIA gives you the skills to help you succeed. It also prepares you to pursue your goals of executive management, fine jewelry consulting, buying gemstones…or even opening your own store.

Career Paths
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Gem and Jewelry Buyer
  • Lab and Research Professional
  • Diamond Manufacturer
  • Appraiser
  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Staff Gemologist
  • Instructor
  • Loose Stone Dealer

Jewelry Program options

  • GJ
    Graduate Jeweler

    Transform precious metals and gems into one-of-a-kind jewelry. Master the art of jewelry repair.


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  • AJP
    Accredited Jewelry Professional

    Learn the essentials of jewelry and gems so you can sell with poise and confidence.

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Design Transform your ideas into beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Envision your own line of fine jewelry.

Behind every beautiful piece of jewelry is an inspired designer. With a diploma from the GIA, you too can excel in design. You’ll learn to unleash your creativity and develop the skills to turn your inspirations into products.  Once you’ve learned to create wearable masterpieces, you can pursue work as a designer, store manager, business owner, and more. 

Career Paths
  • Buyer
  • CAD/CAM Technician
  • Designer
  • Jeweler
  • Manufacturer
  • Product Developer

Design Program options

  • JDT
    Jewelry Design & Technology

    Develop design and manufacturing skills using the best of traditional and cutting-edge techniques.

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  • JD
    Jewelry Design

    Learn the craft of translating your ideas into stunning gem and jewelry illustrations.


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  • CCJ
    Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewelry

    Elevate your artistry by learning how to use CAD/CAM software to design jewelry.

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Two Ways to Learn

When pursuing a GIA diploma or credential, you have the option to study either on campus or via Distance Education. Select a campus to determine what programs are offered at each of our locations. Select Learn More for information about the diplomas you can earn through Distance Education.

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Study on campus Accelerated, full-time learning

Immerse yourself in the world of gems and jewelry by studying on a GIA campus. This transformative experience opens up a world of opportunity.

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Distance Education eLearning courses and hands-on lab classes

Acquire the skills to advance your career at a pace that suits your life. Study the same rich curriculum as on-campus students in a program designed for working professionals.

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  • GRADUATE SUCCESS STORIES

    The theoretical and practical aspects of GIA programs are seamlessly combined, resulting in a superb educational experience.
    John Patpratoom Belmont, GIA GG
    Manager, KV Gems Co., Ltd.
  • GRADUATE SUCCESS STORIES

    At GIA, I learned from instructors whose professional backgrounds, expertise, and support extended far beyond the textbooks. Anchal Malhotra
    Anchal Malhotra, GIA GG, AJP, Jewelry Design Certificate
    Owner, Anchal Silver Jewelry
  • GRADUATE SUCCESS STORIES

    There is not a day that goes by that I don’t use something I learned while at GIA.
    Lauren Noelle Fiabane, GIA GG, AJA
    Owner and Designer, Noelle Leone

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