Our Online Distance Learning (ODL) programme is perfect for those who want to study from the comfort of their own home or for those who don’t have access to a Teaching Centre.

Although this course takes place online, students studying via ODL are expected to take the final exam in person at a Gem-A exam centre and complete a practical element of the course. This practical element is known as a lab class. Gem-A offer lab classes in a number of locations (UK, USA, Tokyo) which can be included in the cost of the course at the time of application. Alternatively, you can arrange to take the lab class at a Gem-A Approved Practical Provider (GAPP).

Online learning at a glance

  • You will be assigned a start date, class group and online tutor

  • Course features 4 modules with online assessments and quizzes

  • Attend a lab class in person to complete the practical element (3 days for Foundation/5 days for Diploma)

  • Take the final exam in person at a Gem-A exam centre

Study Gemmology Online

Available Online Courses

Online Learning Resources

Hours of Study
Hours of Study

The recommended self-study hours per week:

GF - 6 to 8 hours.
GD - 10 to 12 hours.
DD - 8 to 10 hours.

class times
Stone Library

Students studying in the UK, EU or USA can access our stone library for a small fee. This allows the student to borrow stone sets and aids with practical learning at home.