Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take either my lab class or online courses in a certain order?

Some online courses have prerequisites. You may take online courses and lab classes that do not have prerequisites in any order. However, we strongly encourage you to take the courses in the recommended order listed in the GIA Education Catalog to maximize your understanding of key concepts and course objectives. Taking the Gem Identification Lab Class before the Gem Identification online course will give you a strong foundation in the use of gemological instruments for required gem testing.
View the Guide to Earning Your GIA Online Credential