Gem-A Diploma in Gemmology (Intensive Program)

Earn the internationally recognized and highly respected Gem-A (Gemmological Association of Great Britain) Diploma in Gemmology with our full-time 6-month preparatory course. Students who successfully pass the Gem-A exams can become Fellows of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA), a membership status recognized globally as an indicator of the highest standards of gemmological training.Professionals and novices alike, from Canada or abroad, with a passion for gems and a willingness to dedicate themselves to an intensive program will benefit from our immersive curriculum. 

Classes and Exams

Our full-time program prepares students for the Gem-A exams at both the Foundation and Diploma levels in a single semester.

EGM’s intensive program offers students the following:

  • Some 450 classroom hours
  • All Gem-A course notes and material as well as supplementary documents prepared by EGM
  • Rough gemstone and crystallography workshop
  • Diamond grading workshop
  • Pearl grading workshop
  • Carefully chosen homework assignments and mock exams with detailed corrections
  • Extra lab time in our well-equipped laboratory with our large collection of gems

There are no prerequisites for the course.


All classes and workshops are available in your choice of either English or French. All course work, including the exams, can be written in either English or French.


Classes run Monday to Friday from 1:30 to 5:30 PM in English and from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM in French.
Some compulsory workshops are held on weekends.
Students unable to commit to the rigorous schedule of our intensive program may want to consider our part-time program that runs over the course of 12 to 18 months or our hybrid enhanced distance-learning program. See course calendar for the details.


$7475+taxes to EGM and £3072 registration fees for the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A).


To learn more about this program and send your application, please contact us by phone at 514 844-0024 or click on “Register” on the right. You will need to send us your resume and a cover letter. The selection committee will answer you within 5 working days.

Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit.