Available for GIA graduates who hold a Graduate Gemologist or Gemologist diploma, the web-based continuing education program boasts a host of new features, including eight interactive assignments on key gemological topics; access to GIA’s vast media library and eLearning gemology courses; discussion boards; and online chats with industry experts.
“We developed a more robust program to deliver the tools and advanced knowledge our graduates need to stay on top of industry trends and gemological developments,” said Donna Baker, GIA president and CEO. “Continuing education is a sure way to sustain the value and relevance of GIA professional credentials. By equipping jewelers with ongoing gemological training, this program helps GIA realize its mission of establishing and maintaining grading and professional standards worldwide.”
Alumni can easily take advantage of the program by signing on to the My GIA portal on the Institute’s website. Once a user ID and password are assigned, participants can access and download the program’s assignments, tools and benefits.
Highlights of the new GIA Continuing Education Recognition Program are:
- Educational, interactive assignments will feature video, images and online lectures. Eight assignments will be released monthly through August.
- Access and review of eLearning courses as they become available, including the newly released Colored Stones eLearning course, Diamond Essentials, Colored Stone Essentials, Diamonds & Diamond Grading and, later in 2010, Gem Identification.
- A media library of hundreds of videos that contain exclusive footage of grading, mining, manufacturing, gem formation and interviews with industry leaders. Each is set up for easy access and viewing.
- Online discussion boards with a worldwide network of Gemologists and Graduate Gemologists who are also participating in the program.
- Exclusive monthly industry chat sessions with guest experts, including the scientists involved in some of the most important gemological topics of the day.
- An online glossary of more than 500 key gemological terms, complete with references to the eLearning course materials where they can be found.
- A new Continuing Education Recognition Credential for participants who successfully complete all eight assignments each calendar year.
- The program is available to GIA graduates who hold a Graduate Gemologist or Gemologist diploma.
How the program works:
- Qualifying graduates log on to My GIA to access the Continuing Education Recognition Program.
- Participants must successfully complete all eight program assignments and corresponding questionnaires – with a grade of 75% or better – by Dec. 31 each year.
- Participants can join the program at any time, but the program cycle ends on Dec. 31 each year.
- $189 per calendar year per participant.
- Participants can bundle the Continuing Education Recognition Program with an online subscription to GIA’s Gems & Gemology (G&G), which includes the monthly G&G eBrief. This package is available for $249 per calendar year.
GIA’s new Continuing Education Recognition Program replaces the program offered via GIA on iTunesU in previous years.
“GIA made a large investment when we decided to translate our traditional print-based distance learning courses into this eLearning platform, so we are excited to offer this new learning experience to all our graduates, many of whom may have earned their credentials before the advent of online videos, interactivity and the community building power of the web,” Baker said. “Through this program and the professional credential it confers, we are proud to recognize and celebrate our graduates’ ongoing commitment to their profession.”