1. Are your courses available in other languages?
Yes. We are currently translating all our courses into Spanish. Basic and Advanced Gemmology are already available with the remaining courses being available within the next twelve months.
2. Do I need any prior experience or studies to enrol in your courses?
In most cases there are no pre-requisites however in order to do our 'Advanced Gemmology' or 'Gem Identification' courses, you will need to complete either our Basic Gemmology course to take the Advanced Gemmology course or Basic Gemmology, Advanced Gemmology or an equivalent to take our Gem Identification course.
3. When can I start and how long does it take to complete the courses?
Our courses offer tremendous flexibility allowing you to start at any time and progress at your own speed. You will however be required to write a number of online tests as part of the individual course syllabuses before you can progress onto the next stage of any course. The length of time it takes to complete our courses will depend largely on the time you have available to devote to your studies and your understanding of the course materials. We certainly recommend that you take your time because at the end of the day it is not the certificate that hangs on your wall that defines you as a professional and competent gemmologist but your level of understanding.
4. How can I pay for my courses and what happens when I pay?
Courses can be paid via PayPal or by bank transfer. Once your payment has been received, you will receive access codes and links that will allow you to access your course. This link will also allow you to choose the format in which you want to study (i.e free standing e-course for Mac, Windows, iPad, iPhone or Android or online). If you have selected the 'print option', your course notes will be mailed to you. As you progress through the course, access codes will be emailed to you that give you access to the online tests.
5. Can I get a refund once I receive the course materials?
No. Once the digital or printed materials have been sent to you, there is no refund.
6. Why should I study through the West African Gem Academy?
We believe we have the most comprehensive and dynamic gemmological program on the market, one that offers quality instruction at an affordable price. We also feel that the West African Gem Academy offers many other benefits including personalized instruction, flexibility and a genuine concern for our students. We want you to succeed in your chosen profession and we take our responsibility very seriously to help you achieve this goal.
7. How do I take the practical components of the course?
Practical workshops will be scheduled at different times throughout the year. You will be notified in advance by our education department as to class availability and times.
8. Do I need any equipment to take your courses?
You do not require equipment to take our Basic or Advanced Gemmology courses, our Diamonds course or our Coloured Gemstones, Opals and Jade or Organic Gems courses. You will however need access to gem testing equipment to complete our Gem Identification course or our Career Gemmology program.
9. I am not very strong in science, will this prevent me from completing your courses?
While it is true that gemmology is a science, great care and attention has been taken to break down the various scientific concepts and principles into understandable components. This was largely achieved by recruiting editors who, for the most part, did not have any prior gemmological or jewellery experience. We do not believe that you should take the science out of gemmology but we do believe that you can explain it in a language that everybody can understand.
10. Are their job opportunities in the gem industry?
One of the wonderful aspects of our industry is that it offers a variety of opportunities where you can pursue your career, from mining to gem cutting, wholesaling, retailing, appraising or education. Your success in this field will ultimately depend on your level of expertise and we believe that our courses can provide the proper platform for you to succeed in this challenging and fascinating field.