Allied Gemmological Institute & Laboratory is the Accredited Teaching Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka under the worldwide network of teaching centres of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) which conducts training pragrammes for the Foundation Certificate and the Diploma Courses in Gemmology of Gem-A.
The Gem-A Foundation Certificate in Gemmology is accredited at level 3 by the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). This is equivalent to the UK Advanced Level Certificate ('A'-Level). Gemmology Diploma is accredited at level 5 by the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) - the only gem course in the world so accredited. Passing the Diploma course, one can become a qualified gemmologist to obtain FGA qualifications.
To continue education further in gemmology, Diploma holders can go on to study the BSc (Hons) Degree in Gemmology and Applied Mineralogy at Kingston University. Contact Kingston University directly for further details:(www.kingston.ac.uk/gemmologmineralogy).
Allied Gemmological Institute & Laboratory also conducts a basic course of Gemstone Identification & Valuation Course, for those engaged gem industry or trade, and also in related other fields such as jewellery making, lapidary, tourism, banking etc.. This is a useful training course also for expatriates to make use of their stay in Sri Lanka.
This teaching institute has been established in 1999 by Dayananda Dillimuni, a consultant gemmologist who has been engaged in teaching of gemmology since 1985 for gemmology courses of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. It is fully equipped with all teaching aids and gemological instruments to conduct training programmes according to specifications of the allied teaching centres of Gem-A
New courses will be commenced in the 1st week of July, 2011 to prepare for the 2012 January examinations. Inquiries to be made from Allied Gemmological Institute & Laboratory is at 46.2/B, Dias Building, Galle Road (Close to Galle Face Junction), in Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.