The Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA) is Australia’s long-established gemmological educator. Since 1945, the Association has been responsible for producing Australia’s gemmologists by educating and updating members of the gem and jewellery industry and the general public, about all aspects of gemstones and their substitutes.
We are passionate and enthusiastic as evidenced in our dedicated team of professional educators and volunteers. Being a not-for-profit organisation provides assurance that we operate with the best interests of our members and students in mind.
Our lecturers and demonstrators maintain a high academic standard whilst ensuring that what students’ study is also relevant. Restricted class sizes ensure that everyone receives adequate attention. With the GAA having Divisions in every state in Australia it means that our graduates become part of a local gemmological community – of benefit for networking and ongoing training.
On the job training, with its many benefits, is simply not enough these days. Can you confidently identify a diamond imitation like synthetic moissanite? A beryllium treated sapphire? Or laser drilled diamond?
REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATION
As a professional body teaching the industry and wider community about gcmstoncs since its inception in 1945 the GAA has prided itself on providing the very best educational standards. With the introduction of accredited education by the various State and Federal Governments the GAA recognised the importance of delivering its education in line with industry and community expectations. In 1997 the GAA delivered its first Certificate IV courses accredited through the NSW Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board. Since that time the GAA has been accepted as a Registered Training Organisation through the Australian Skills Quality Authority and currently remains as a training provider with code 40511.
Details of the RTO can be found here
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
- To promote the study of gemmology.
- To promote the study of Australian gemstones and gem deposits.
- To conduct and publish research into gemstones, gem-related materials such as synthetics and imitations, treatments, gem testing instruments and techniques.
- To establish and control educational programs for gemmology.
- To establish Divisions in each State of Australia to implement and teach GAA-approved courses in gemmology.
- To support the membership.
- To cooperate with other like-minded organisations, both in Australia and overseas, in the promotion of gemmology.
STRUCTURE OF THE GAA
THE FEDERAL COUNCIL
The Federal Council of The Gemmological Association of Australia is the statutory controlling body of the Association. The Council consists of the twelve Councillors of the Association, who are nominated
annually by the State Divisions in which they are resident.
SUPPORTING THE GAA
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
The GAA is a not tor profit organisation run by members and volunteers. It is recognised as such by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. You can support the GAA in a number of different ways by getting in touch with our Federal committee or any State Division.learn more