It is possible to advance your career and keep up with your life and it all starts with GIA Distance Education. You’ll learn using the same curriculum taught on GIA campuses, but you’ll study when it’s convenient for you. A great way to get ahead for even the busiest of us!
GIA Distance Education helps you earn a gem and jewelry credential and expand your professional knowledge - all without putting your life on hold.
GIA Distance education is comprised of eLearning and Lab classes. eLearning is the online component of your program - course materials, assignments, and final exams are online. Lab classes are where you gain essential hands-on experience by grading and identifying gemstones alongside an instructor.
Offered in Chinese through GIA Hong Kong. English language eLearning courses are offered online through GIA’s campus in Carlsbad, California.
How Distance Education Works
- Media rich eLearning materials are delivered online so you learn the same curriculum as our on-campus students
Study whenever and wherever you want, then submit assignments and take exams online
Generous completion times allow you to study at a pace that works for you
Distance Education instructors are available by email or phone to provide support, guidance and expertise
Get hands-on experience in lab classes offered at GIA campuses worldwide
- Colored Stone Essentials
Gain essential knowledge of colored stones, with focus on ruby, sapphire, and emerald.
- Colored Stones
Acquire in-depth knowledge about the multitude of colored stones sold in today’s market.
- Diamond Essentials
Describe diamond jewelry accurately for effective and ethical customer conversations.
- Diamonds and Diamond Grading
Understand the skills needed to grade the color, clarity, and cut of diamonds.
- Gem Identification
Practice identifying more than 60 species of gemstones, including naturals, synthetics, and treated.
Satisfy the most discriminating buyers with your knowledge of pearls.
- Colored Stone Grading
Gain hands-on practice using gemstones and explore grading a range of colored stones.
- Diamond Grading
Explore how to grade diamonds consistently and accurately.
- Gem Identification
Practice procedures and skills to identify a wide range of natural, synthetic and imitation gemstones.
- Pearl Grading
Gain hands-on training and practice testing pearls for authenticity and post-harvest treatments.