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

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

This institution is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. 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 CA BPPE.

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the California School Performance Fact Sheets, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement, and are available on GIA’s website at

GIA’s campus in New York is licensed by the New York State Education Department.

GIA has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer Title IV federal financial aid to qualified students in GIA’s six-month Graduate Gemologist (GG), Graduate Jeweler (GJ), and Jewelry Design & Technology (JDT) programs. Additionally, GIA is approved for qualifying students to receive funding, including veteran’s benefits and vocational rehabilitation funding, for the approved On Campus programs from California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and New York State Bureau of Veterans Education.

GIA's Distance Learning programs are authorized by the Texas Workforce Commission. GIA Applied Jewelry Professional™ (AJP®) program is exempt from regulation under Texas Education Code, section 132.002 (a) (3). Texas residents enrolling in Distance Education courses should refer to the Texas Education Catalog. 

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

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

GIA’s campus in London is accredited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and the British Accreditation Council (BAC).

GIA’s Dubai location is registered with Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC); Dubai courses are registered with KHDA (Knowledge & Human Development Authority, Dubai).

GIA’s campus in Bangkok is registered with the Office of the Private Education Commission, Ministry of Education in Thailand.

The Graduate Gemologist program offered through GIA’s Hong Kong campus is registered with the Hong Kong Education Bureau (EDB).

GIA’s campus in Taiwan is registered with the Department of Education,
Taipei City Government.