Gem-A Diploma Achieves Degree Level Status

RAPAPORT.. The Gemmological Association of Great Britain’s (Gem-A) Gemmology Diploma was re-accredited by Ofqual and updated to Level 6 qualification, making it one of the few gemology qualifications equivalent to an undergraduate or bachelor degree in the U.K.   Ofqual also increased the Diamond Diploma one level to Level 5 and Gem-A’s Gemmology Foundation moved up to Level 4. 

"Gem-A's chief executive, James Riley, said, “This is the culmination of several years of hard work in reviewing and updating our courses, so we are really pleased to see great strides have been made. We are constantly striving to increase the level of education we are able to give in regards to new theories and techniques. Our next step is to work in conjunction with a university partner to set up a full bachelor’s degree in gemology, with full university accreditation.

"The news cames days after Gem-A’s student award ceremony for the 2012 Gemmology and Diamond Diploma graduates on November 5. Honorees this year included  Rona Bierrum from London, who took home a Distinction in the Diamond Diploma, the Deek’s Diamond Prize and the Bruton Medal, as well as a Merit in the Gemmology Diploma.

"Riley along with Antoinette Matlins, Bear Williams and Richard Drucker were all made Fellows by Redemption, while Dr. Tony Allnutt, Peter Dwyer-Hickey and Dr. Roger Harding were also made Honorary Lifetime Members of the association".

"One of the speakers at the ceremony, Jewelry Television’s (JTV) Jerry Sisk, commended the organization and its graduate for their work in the industry. “I’m continually impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the approach to education. I’m amazed by the breadth and the scope of what Gem-A do. I don’t know how many countries have been represented here this evening, but it’s been a substantial number, so what Gem-A have here is something truly special and is not replicated anywhere else.

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