Registered Gemologist Appraiser for Professionals Program

Registered Gemologist Appraiser for Professionals Diploma Program $1,495.00 complete.


The ISG Registered Gemologist Appraiser for Professionals 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. It is composed of three courses: Evaluation of Damaged Jewelry, Personal Property Appraisal, and Litigation and Expert Witness for Appraisers . These courses are unique in the industry and are required of all RGA candidates. Completion of this program earn the graduate the Registered Gemologist Appraiser title, and listing in the Insurance Registry of Gemologists and Appraisers with the Global Claims Associates website.

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:

  • 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.

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 with categories in 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 of the industry developments as 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. 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$1495.00 based on your location (international registration 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 courses. Includes all exam fees and everything else. Complete. No other fees.

  2. Personal Property Appraisal: ISG107
  3. Evaluating Damaged Jewelry: ISG108
  4. Litigation and Expert Witness for Appraisers ISG109
  5. ISG RGA Practicals included at no extra fee for US students. A fee and security deposit is required of International RGA Students. The practicals are required of all RGA for Professionals students.
  6. ISG Color Vision Testing
  7. Listing in the Insurance Registry of Gemologists and Appraisers, and located at the Global Claims Associates website, our home insurance services company website.


Your instructor is Robert James FGA, GG. Mr. James is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, and 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, as well as 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.

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  • Instructor Phone Contact: (001) 210-464-1473

Student Registration Agreement:

Registration Period. The Registered Gemologist Appraiser for Professionals program registration is for a period of 6 months from the date of complete registration. Failure to complete the program in the allotted time voids the registration. Time extensions may be available for a fee based on availability as determined by the ISG office.

International Students: Since jewelry insurance world-wide is based on British Maritime Insurance Laws, our program is recognized and accepted world wide. We have years of experience in the professional insurance field that extends to all continents. Certain limitations apply based on shipping restrictions to some countries.

Right of Cancellation. The Student has the right to cancel this agreement within 3 days (72 hours) of start date of registration, based on the laws of the State of Texas, USA and the elements of this agreement. The Gem Equipment packages (if purchased) will be shipped after this three (3) day grace period. By submitting this Student Registration Agreement, the Student agrees to this and the limitations set forth in this agreement. The Student further agrees to not make any attempt to create a credit card charge back after this 3 day time limit. The student will have access to the written course notes sections in order that a full evaluation of the course material can be made during the initial 3 day time period. Full refunds will be given to anyone who requests same within this 3 day review period based on the above. Anyone experiencing extenuating circumstances may call the ISG office and we will work with you whenever possible.

Maintain Services. The ISG agrees to provide the courses in a 24 hour internet based format, and to provide all due diligence in maintaining the website services, course quality, timely customer service, and support for The Student. ISG office hours will be 0900 until 1400 hrs CST Monday through Friday. The ISG makes every effort to insure that our program is as mobile friendly and responsive as possible, but limitations beyond our control still exist due to the many different formats on the internet.

Program Items . The ISG reserves the right to alter the items listed in any program offerings at any time based on availability of gemstones and gemological equipment. In the event that an item is added or removed from a special offer, that change will be published in advance of the change whenever possible. However, the ISG reserves the right to make changes and substitutions of equal or greater value if the availability of certain items becomes limited.

Hold Harmless. The Student agrees to hold harmless the ISG and all employees for loss of service due to internet service provider problems, Acts of God, Acts of War, criminal acts against the website by hackers, and any other problems resulting in loss of access to the ISG internet courses that are beyond the direct control of the ISG.

Respect of Copyrights. The Student agrees that the ISG course materials are copyrighted by the ISG, and further agrees to not copy, publish, or otherwise disseminate the ISG course materials for any reason other than their own personal study and reference.

Professional Conduct Code. The Student agrees to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times when dealing with other students and ISG staff members. This includes, but is not limited to, emails, forums board participation, and phone calls. Violations of the professional conduct agreement may lead to temporary or permanent suspension at the discretion of the ISG.

Legal Jurisdiction. The International School of Gemology is registered in Bexar County, Texas, USA. It is agreed that all parties will abide by the laws of the State of Texas in all matters relating to this agreement. In the case of any dispute, the legal jurisdiction of resolution shall be Bexar County, Texas.