Learn about examination dates, Gem-A qualifications, and the exam process and structure, or download exam forms and further information.


Exam dates & forms

Find your examination dates listed below. Don’t forget to prepare for your exam date. All students will be automatically entered for the examinations at the end of their course. 

Students will still be required to complete an Exam Information Form to complete the process, this needs to be returned to Gem-A by the 31 October for January exams and the 31 March for June exams.

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Exam Information Form

Current students can use the exam information form to indicate their preference of exam location for the examination at the end of their course. Please download the form and once complete, return to the email address stated on the form. 

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Exam Appeals

To appeal the results of an exam, please refer to the Gem-A Appeals and Clerical Recheck Policy, before downloading and completing the appeals application form.

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Exam Resits

Resit students need to complete the Resit examination entry form and return it to Gem-A with payment, the deadline for Resit students to apply is the 13th November for the January exam session and the 13th April for the June exam session.

Download the Prospectus

Find out more about Gem-A by downloading the prospectus. You will find information about our courses, Gem-A’s history, student services and the world-renowned FGA DGA membership.

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Contact us

If you can’t find what you’re looking for or you need further support with your exams, please get in touch with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can contact education@gem-a.com for guidance on available examination centres. Please note that not all examination centres are guaranteed to be available for every exam session.

Examinations may be possible in the following locations, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Please note that Diamond Practical examinations are limited to a smaller selection of locations. 

Yes, if the exam is available in your chosen language, however, please note that not all languages are available, and an administration fee will be payable. 

Contact education@gem-a.com for more information

Unless there are proven mitigating circumstances, students will not be able to re-do any assessments. If you are in a situation that you believe would constitute mitigating circumstances, please contact your tutor as soon as you can. More information can be found in the Student Policies and Procedures.

All students are automatically entered for the examinations at the end of their course at the time of enrolment onto that course. Students may only withdraw due to proven unforeseen mitigating circumstances as detailed in the withdrawals policy. 

Students will be asked to complete an exams information form prior to the exams, which will give you an opportunity to request your preferred exam location and indicate how you would like your name to appear on any certificate. Students who do not complete the form will be allocated to the exam centre considered most appropriate by Gem-A. 

A student may bring their A5 Diploma Practical Handbook that was issued as part of their Gemmology Diploma course into their practical examination only. A student may bring their A5 Diamond Grading Manual that was issued as part of their Diamond course into their practical examination only. Both may contain up to 5 A4 sheets stapled into them which can include any handwritten notes made by the student.  

No additional resources are allowed in the Foundation Gemmology examinations

No, for the Foundation examination, you are only permitted to bring in the handheld instruments that were issued to you as part of your course. 

For the Gemmology Diploma and Diamond Diploma examinations, consult with your teaching centre or Gem-A. 

The refractometer is not required in the Foundation examinations and may not be brought into the exam. In the practical Gemmology Diploma examinations, the refractometer is essential. Although refractometers will be available in the exam room, students are encouraged to bring their own so they can have one on their desk, however they must have their own battery-operated light source and RI liquid to use with their refractometers. Gem-A does not allow any light sources or any other equipment that needs to be plugged in to be brought into the exam and students are advised to fully test that their equipment is working prior to the start of the examination.

Gem-A’s diploma-level courses are internationally recognised as the highest-status gemmology qualifications and can help your career in the jewellery or gem industries, and related professions such as auctioneering, valuations, appraisals, and laboratory work.

You can study these two Diplomas in either order. However, to sit the Gemmology Diploma or Diploma Practical Certificate exam, you need first to qualify for the Foundation Certificate in Gemmology examination.