The IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser Program is the world leader in gemology and jewelry appraisal education with courses designed, developed and produced by licensed insurance professionals, and professional gemologists holding the world’s top gemology credentials. Our program consists of an expanded list of courses that are not available from any other gemology or appraisal education organization, making us truly unique in the field of appraisal education.Our program is presented with fully migrated HTML5 mobile friendly courses you can study anywhere with virtually any computer or mobile device. This complete program includes eight (8) courses in gemology and jewelry appraisal (listed below) that are taken individually. This program is for those who wish to study gemology and personal property appraisal specializing in jewelry and gemstones, or those in the gemstone industry or wishing to enter the gemstone industry, and would like a proper education in the evaluation of jewelry and gemstones. Successful completion of this program awards the student the IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser title.
To earn your IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser Diploma you must complete the following courses and practical program. Click on the course image to visit the course or practical module to learn more.
The IIJA Practicals Module provides you with hand’s-on experience by sending you a large collection of diamonds, pearls, colored gemstones and a special collection of Created and Treated Gemstones provided to us from Chatham Created Gems. We provide this collection for you to get hand’s-on practice of your skills, right in your own home. No need to make expensive and time consuming trips to take your practical like other schools. With our Classroom-At-Home program we send the gemstones and diamonds to you in a single complete package for grading and evaluation once you have completed all courses in gemology for your RGA. We will grade your work and help you become the finest gemologist possible at the world’s lowest cost. The IIJA Practicals Module is included with your single payment course package, and available as a stand-alone module for those taking the Individual Course program.
The IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser Program Practicals Module will require you to either own, or have access to, a minimum level of gemology testing equipment. These tools are crucial to your being able to complete the hands-on section of the program. Here is a list of equipment you will need below. The IIJA Gem Equipment Package is available only to IIJA Registered Students at this link: IIJA Gem Equipment Package.
Certificates and Diplomas:A Certificate of Completion is awarded to the student after successful completion of each course. The Registered Gemologist and Registered Gemologist Appraiser diplomas are awarded after completing all courses, final exams, and practical exams. Final exam includes online written exam, a practical gem identification exam and a jewelry appraisal final exam sent to you for completion and return to the IIJA office.
Registry of Gemologist Appraisers: Through our Jewelry Adjuster partnership in the insurance industry, the IIJA maintains a Registry of our Registered Gemologist Appraisers and Registered Gemologists to the insurance industry.
Advanced Insurance and Gemological Lab Support: The IIJA maintain outreach programs to the local insurance industry for our graduates. Additionally, we provide advanced gemological lab services to our graduates to help them maintain top level credentials and services within their market regions.
2 Year Re-Certification: The IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser and Registered Gemologist titles require re-certification every 2 years. The re-certification process includes a refresher course, updates on the latest industry developments and an exam to insure the title holder is up to date with the latest information and developments of the industry. This is standard operating procedure of all insurance related industries to maintain professional standards.
IIJA Logo and Link: It is also required that RGA and RG title holders maintain the IIJA logo and link on their websites as part of the graduate support of the IIJA.
You may begin your study towards the IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser Diploma with any of the courses. Work at your own pace, study when and where you have the time. Your future is in your hands with the Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal.