TypeOnline Course
DateMar 1, 2024
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 RGA for Professionals With Other Recognized Diplomas



The ISG RGA for Professionals With Other Diplomas Program is designed for those who have earned gemological diplomas from other accepted schools and want to add the industry’s only insurance-certified program in personal property appraisal to their professional resume and credentials. This program comprises three modules: Evaluating Damaged Jewelry, Personal Property Appraisal, and Litigation and Expert Witness for Appraisers. These modules are unique in the industry and are required of all RGA candidates. Completion of this program earns the graduate the Registered Gemologist Appraiser title and a listing in the Insurance Registry of Gemologists and Appraisers on the Global Claims Associates website.

Program Outline:

Program Modules: 3

  1. Evaluating Damaged Jewelry
  2. Personal Property Appraisal
  3. Litigation and Expert Witness for Appraisers

Section Lessons: 38
Video Lectures: 51 videos total 4.61 hours of instruction from insurance and legal industry professionals
Practice Quizzes: 20
Section Exams: 3
Final Appraisal Exam: 1
Registration Term: 9 months

Diploma Earned: ISG Registered Gemologist Appraiser

After Graduation Support:

After graduation, marketing assistance to the insurance industry and technical consultation support from state-licensed insurance professionals at the ISG are available.

Program Requirements:

This program requires the student to have completed a recognized gemological education and hold a qualified diploma in gemology from a recognized institute or school as listed below:

Recognized Diplomas

  • Canadian Institute of Gemmology
  • Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences
  • Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology
  • Gemmological Association of Great Britain
  • Australian Gemmological Association
  • Canadian Gemmological Association
  • American Gem Society
  • Gemological Institute of America
  • For other accepted schools or institutes, please contact the ISG office.

Not Recognized / Not Accepted:

  • Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) SGC
  • International Gem Society

The insurance industry does not recognize the SSEF SGC one-week course as a legitimate gemological diploma.

Final Exams: A Final Exam will include jewelry items to be sent to you for appraisal. Your appraisal will be evaluated by insurance industry professionals based on the accuracy of identification and evaluation, accuracy in valuation, format and structure of your appraisal, and overall presentation of your appraisal document.

Two-Year Recertification: All Registered Gemologist Appraisers are required to take a recertification exam every two years. This exam covers all industry developments posted on the ISG Community Home forums, the ISG newsletter, and other publications available to the RGA. These will include the latest updates in the world of insurance law, policy changes, and the latest developments in the gemology industry. You will take an online written exam. The cost is $150.00 for the two-year recertification, which includes all materials and exams and the annual membership.

Complete RGA for Professionals Program: US$995.00 based on your location (international registration is slightly higher due to increased shipping costs). This tuition prices includes all of the following:

  1. All three (3) ISG Registered Gemologist Appraiser for Professionals Program modules. Includes all exam fees and everything else. Complete. No other fees.

  2. Personal Property Appraisal
  3. Evaluating Damaged Jewelry
  4. Litigation and Expert Witness for Appraisers
  5. Listed in the Insurance Registry of Gemologists and Appraisers and located on the Global Claims Associates website, our home insurance services company website.

About the International School of Gemology

The International School of Gemology is a Certified Education Provider by the Texas Department of Insurance, Georgia Department of Insurance, Virginia Department of Insurance, and other insurance offices across the United States. Contact the ISG for any questions or verifications.


Georgia Department of Insurance


Virginia Department of Insurance


About Your Instructor:

Your instructor is Robert James FGA, GG. Mr. James is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, and a former Certified Gemologist of the American Gem Society. He is a state-licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Adjuster with 50 years of experience in jewelry-related litigation and expert witness work in the United States and Europe. He has served as an expert witness and litigation consultant in U.S. State and Federal Courts and in the United Kingdom. He holds a Business Law Certification from Cornell Law School and is a former Senior Gemologist and Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigator with USAA Insurance. He holds the Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard University.


  • Instructor Email Contact: studentinquiry@schoolofgemology.com
  • Instructor Phone Contact: (001) 210-464-1473

Program Syllabus is Below

Section 1Evaluating Damaged Jewelry
Section 2Terms and Definitions
Section 3Cause of Loss -v- Fault of Loss
Section 4Inherent and Pre-Existing Conditions
Section 5The Evaluation Process
Section 6Failure to Maintain - Wear and Tear
Section 7Manufacturing Defect - Faulty Workmanship
Section 8Insurance Fraud
Section 9Catastrophic Damage and Salvage
Lecture 9
Section Quiz
Section 10Personal Property Appraisal
Section 11Terms and Definitions
Section 12Your Legal Responsibilities
Section 13Establishing Your Appraisal Service
Section 14Professional Fees
Section 15Promoting Your Services
Section 16Understanding the Insurance Policy
Section 17Appraisal of Personal Property
Section 18Evaluation and Documentation
Section 19Insurance Replacement Values
Section 20Estate and Probate Appraisal
Section 21Divorce and Bankruptcy
Section 22Donation and Charity
Section 23Hypothetical and Consumer Verification
Section 24Mediation and Arbitration
Section 25Office Security
Section 26Appraiser Resources
Lecture 26
Section Quiz
Section 27Introduction to Litigation
Section 28The First Rule of Expert Witness
Section 29Setting Up Your Office
Section 30Professional Fees and Payment
Section 31Working With Attorneys
Section 32Investigation Tools and Techniques
Section 33Structuring the Investigative Report
Section 34Deposition Rules and Procedures
Section 35Trial Appearance Rules and Procedures
Section 36Umpire and Appraisal Clause
Section 37Marketing Your Services
Lecture 37
Section Quiz
Section 38Final Exam