Online Learning

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

Consisting primarily of online study, with a practical lab class with Gem-A or a GAPP of your choice, our ODL programme allows you to fit your gemmology study around your lifestyle.

You will be given your own login to access our online learning platform and will be assigned to a study group with other ODL students. You are guided through your course by a structured programme of study and each group has their own tutor who you can email for support and guidance with your learning. The course has set start and end dates and students are required to submit online assignments with set deadlines.

All courses for online study are listed below. To find the exact dates and times for any of these courses, please click the buttons below:

Short Courses
Long Courses

All ODL students must complete a practical lab class via Gem-A or through a Gem-A Approved Practical Provider (GAPP). Gem-A offers pre-arranged Gemmology Foundation lab classes, Gemmology Diploma lab classes and Diamond Diploma lab classes in the UK, USA and Japan — dates for these are available by clicking the links below.

The recommended self-study hours per week which include time for projects (diploma and diamond
only) and online assessments:

6 to 8 hours
Fast track: 10 to 12 hours
10 to 12 hours
8 to 10 hours

At Gem-A, we host our very own Online Learning Area that provides students with a peer based learning environment. Here you will not only submit your assignments but also have the opportunity to keep in touch with fellow students and your tutor as well as building a network of future contacts from around the world. Our online tutors are qualified gemmologists and will be on hand to answer any queries that you have.

Students will also have access to various resources and articles including the latest online edition of Gems&Jewellery, Gem-A’s trade publication that contains news, views and events in and around the industry.



If you can't find what you're looking for or you have any further questions, email us at