Scrap gold and silver course to begin in the New Year

img 4608-meltingAdding to its existing portfolio of education and training courses, the Birmingham Assay Office has announced the addition of a new course – Buying Scrap Gold and Silver.

The one-day course is “designed for anyone who wishes to engage in buying scrap gold and silver from the public,” and will be available from Wednesday 18 January 2012 to Wednesday 1 February 2012.


Delegates will receive an overview of the Hallmarking Act and an explanation of how to recognise and understand hallmarks; how to determine different carats of gold and silver materials by utilising different touch acid solutions; how to analyse gold, silver, platinum and palladium using the X-ray fluorescence technique; and the melting and fire assay process.

Michael Allchin, chief executive and assay master at the Birmingham Assay Office, said: “With the market for buying scrap gold and silver so strong at the moment, we recognise that there is a real need for training for those people who wish to buy scrap gold and silver from the public. Here at the Birmingham Assay Office we can offer delegates a unique combination of the specialist expertise of our staff with hands-on sessions in our Laboratory, which will give them the chance to see gold and silver testing processes in action and try them out for themselves as part of the course.”


For further information contact the Birmingham Assay Office on 0871 871 6020.

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