Jewelry Industry Certification for High Schools

The Diamond Council of America (DCA) offers accredited courses in diamonds, colored gemstones, and fine jewelry sales for high school students. This program is perfect for incorporation in art, business, or work-based learning curriculums. The program is called the Jewelry Career Readiness Initiative (JCRI), and it is currently rolling out to high schools around the country.

DCA's program provides a full curriculum with professional-level support systems. Instructors receive an email link with DCA course instructors; administrative support by email, phone, or fax; real-time access to student records; and automated computer grading and recording.

Students not only learn about this exciting career option, but they earn a jewelry industry certification and get referrals to potential employers. 

An important part of this program is access and introductions to local DCA jewelry professionals, who provide integral guest speaking opportunities. These visits significantly enhance the program value, making it possible for students to have hands-on and eyes-on experiences with real gemstones and fine jewelry. The guest speakers are a favorite program feature for students, as professionals share their knowledge, experience, insights, and enthusiasm for their careers.



JCRI Program Fees

Diamond Council of America (DCA) has created an incredibly rich curriculum for high school students, while keeping the program fees as low as possible. If you are interested in introducing this program in your high school, here is the fee schedule for full DCA course access:

Individual School

  • School license and membership fee: $1,000
  • Per-student fee: $30

District with 6 or fewer high schools

  • School license and membership fee: $2,000
  • Per-student fee: $30

District with 7 or more high schools

  • School license and membereship fee: $3,500
  • Per-student fee: $30

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about implementing this program in your school. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (770) 900-9596.

What Students Say

"I want to work in a jewelry store during college so I can further my knowledge of gems and making jewelry. I hope to stay at the jewelry store and go back to school to learn as much as I can about gemstones."

"I am more than thankful for being a part of the experience and what I have r eceived from the Diamond Council of America. It's not just a grade but the foundation to my future career goals."

"I never thought about getting into the jewelry industry, but now I am definitely interested. Thank you so much for this opportunity!"

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An Initiative of the MJSA Education Foundation

The BEaJEWELER™ initiative is sponsored by MJSA, the trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design.
This initiative was originally developed in partnership with the New Approach School for Jewelers in Arrington, Tennessee

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