GEM 150 Gem Identification

$995.00 (Excl. GST/PST; all prices in CAN$)

GEM 150Tuition in Can$ plus 5% GST for Canadian residents

For non-residents US$ 950 includes non-refundable registration fee of US$ 100 plus taxes; please request pro-forma invoice at checkout. * Foreign students must enter Canada on a visitor's visa.


In this intensive lab course the student will learn the use of gem testing equipment necessary to identify natural, imitation and synthetic gemstones and their treatments. In 10 lab assignments students will identify between 50 and 60 gemstones including synthetic stones.

Fee: $ 995 includes textbook “Gem Identification Made Easy” and binder with study materials.

NOTE: Students can complete the written and practical exam during last day of the workshop (no additional exam fees charged).

Please note: Student must register even if tuition is paid by someone else

Three-day workshop:

  • GEM 150 - 3: Wed – Fri, May 10 - 12, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
  • GEM 150 - 4: Wed – Fri, November 8 - 10, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
  • Sandman Signature Hotel – Vancouver Airport, Richmond B.C.  
  • To keep costs down no lunch or beverage services are offered, lunch break 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites: GEM 110, GEM 120 or equivalent (please contact us)

Or by home study (available to Canadian residents only): student must have access to basic gem identification tools such as refractometer, polariscope, spectroscope, dichroscope, 10x loupe (microscope), etc. Study stone sets will be sent by Canada ExpressPost and guidance is available through Skype/gmail video tutorial with an instructor.

Prerequisite: Recommended GEM 110, GEM 120 or equivalent.

IMPORTANT: We ship study stones to students residing in Canada only. Student is responsible for proper return of stone sets within one month.

Upon completion of this practical course distance education students  (Canadian residents only) must pay a $ 200 examination fee for both written and practical exams to cover special shipping, insurance and administrative cost; this fee does not include any proctoring expense.

In this course an organic liquid (methylene iodide) saturated with sulfur is being used in conjunction with the refractometer. The school cannot assume any liability for any allergic or medical reactions a student may experience from its use. Please consult your health practitioner.

This course is only available to residents of Canada and the USA; we are unable to accommodate foreign students.

The Canadian Institute of Gemmology has been approved by the Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Labour as an educational institution; Canadian students are entitled to a tuition tax credit under subsection 118.5(1(a)(ii) of the Income Tax Act (please use your receipt for your claim).


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