Professional Development

GIA Professional Development courses cover essential gemology and jewelry topics, and provide ongoing education to help develop your career in the gem and jewelry industry.



GIA Professional Development courses are delivered through media rich eLearning materials or on-campus lab classes.

  • eLearning courses allow you the convenience of studying from your home or office. Submit assignments and take exams online. Generous completion times allow you to study at a pace that works for you. eLearning instructors are available by email or phone to provide support, guidance and expertise.
  • Lab classes are where you gain hands-on experience under the watchful eye of experienced GIA instructors. You will also learn to use professional gemological equipment.

Applied Jewelry Professional Program

Obtaining the Applied Jewelry Professional credential is one of the fastest and most effective ways to improve your understanding of gems and jewelry and covers essential knowledge related to diamonds and popular colored gems. Earn your credential via eLearning by taking three online courses.

Graduate Pearls Diploma Program

The Graduate Pearls Diploma Program provides the product knowledge and grading skills to effectively buy inventory and build confidence when buying and selling akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and freshwater pearls. Earn your credential by completing on eLearning course and one lab class.

Continuing Education Recognition Program

Available to GIA alumni who hold a GIA Graduate Gemologist or Gemologist Diploma, our continuing education program offers ongoing learning about the gem and jewelry industry. Stay current with access to the latest research, trends, and educational content.

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