How to Compare Online Gemology Programs
We know there are many online education organizations out there claiming to offer “certified professional” gemology programs. At the IIJA we believe you should ask some serious questions before spending your hard-earned money and starting any online gemology program.
Fake gemological credentials, “courses” that are not really courses but outdated news articles, and website operators posing as professional gemologists are what you will find in some of the gem societies and organizations touting “certified” programs that have absolutely no foundation for their claims.
At the IIJA we urge you to investigate and ask the following questions:
- What verifiable gemological or insurance diplomas does the organization’s operators hold to be teaching gemology or jewelry appraisal?
- What accreditation or certifications does the education organization hold regarding their course program?
- What professional licenses, diplomas or degrees are held by the school’s administrators and/or instructors?
- What is the school’s rating with the Better Business Bureau?
- On what foundation are the organizations courses created? Articles that someone wrote 10 – 20 years ago can hardly be considered as a viable set of gemology or appraisal courses.
- What are the formal credentials of the author(s) of the gemological courses. Ask to see the actual gemological diplomas of your instructor.
There are many out there who have made false claims of gemological credentials, including names such as “International Master Gemologist”. This claim is a fraud, a fake, intended to make potential students believe a course was developed by a credentialed, professional gemologist.
In truth, there is no such thing as an “International Master Gemologist” but this one example should make you aware that this kind of thing is going on across the internet in an effort to fool you into spending money.
We have an article on this very subject that you should read. Certified Confusion.
Here at the Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal we provide you with a full overview of our history, our credentials and the certifying bodies that have reviewed and certified our courses. Just click on the About the IIJA and the Meet the IIJA from the Drop Down Menu above.
We appreciate your interest in studying gemology with the IIJA, and want you to know that we stand firmly for integrity within this industry.
Robert James FGA, GG
President, Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal
Texas Department of Insurance Property and Casualty Adjuster #1300433
Texas Department of Insurance Continuing Education Provider #33143 (and most other states by reciprocity)