The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has renewed its historic partnership with the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA).
The partnership takes inspiration from a previous agreement between the two associations, and will offer students and graduates of both associations access to shared gemmological education.
In practice, this will enable CGA students to achieve a region-specific certificate qualification, while also providing the core competencies required to ‘transition’ to the Gem-A Diploma.
A shared resources license will also support the Gem-A and CGA educational partnership, allowing CGA students to utilise Gem-A text books for their studies.
A statement from the Gem-A read: “[The new partnership] aims to create a stronger international community of gemmologists through access to a core syllabus; a shared body of information and learning that underpins both the CGA Certificate and Gem-A Diploma courses.”
Alan Hart, Gem-A’s CEO, said: “We’re thrilled to revitalise the historic partnership between Gem-A and CGA. Gem-A doesn’t just exist to serve its students and members, but also the wider gemmological community.
“It is these kinds of reciprocal educational arrangements that will ensure the knowledge within our industry is nurtured and shared for years to come.”
Donna Hawrelko, president of the CGA, said the partnership opens up “many new” gemmological pathways for the association’s students and graduates.