Accreditation and Licensing

GIA is a nonprofit, private, postsecondary educational institution incorporated for the purpose of promoting education and research in gemology, jewelry manufacturing arts, and related subjects.

GIA’s mission is to ensure the public’s trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism through education, research, laboratory services, and instrument development.

The following information is applicable to GIA’s educational offerings in the United States only. For information on accreditation, licensing and approvals of international campuses and programs, please contact the relevant specific campus for more information.

GIA’s campus in Carlsbad is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). GIA’s campus in New York is accredited by the ACCSC as a branch of GIA’s campus in Carlsbad. ACCSC’s accreditation is institutional in nature and includes GIA’s U.S. on-campus education only. GIA’s Distance Education courses and lab classes do not fall within the purview of GIA’s institutional accreditation by the ACCSC.

GIA’s eLearning courses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). GIA’s lab classes do not fall within the purview of DEAC or ACCSC accreditation.

GIA’s continuing education and professional development programs do not fall within the scope of ACCSC or DEAC accreditation or state licensing approvals.

ACCSC and DEAC are listed by the U.S. Department of Education as nationally recognized accrediting agencies.

GIA is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, California 95833 USA,, toll-free telephone number +1 888 370 7589, or by fax +1 916 263 1897. As required by California Education Code 94909(a)(12), GIA discloses it has no pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, and has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec.1101 et seq.). The BPPE approves educational programs that lead to the award of a recognized credential such as a certificate or diploma. GIA’s professional development and continuing education lab classes and seminars do not fall within the purview of GIA’s institutional approval by the BPPE.

GIA’s campus in New York is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Please be advised that the New York State Education Department separately licenses all teaching personnel and independently approves all courses and curricula offered.

Distance Learning programs are authorized by the Texas Workforce Commission. Texas residents enrolling in Distance Education courses should refer to the Education Catalog for Texas Residents.

In addition to the approvals described above, GIA is authorized to offer, and/or recruit for, its eLearning courses in the following states: Alabama, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming.

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