The Diamond Council of America (DCA) is excited to announce the creation by the board of directors of a new member category to be known as DCA Individual Member.
“DCA’s board recognizes the diamond
industry is evolving and that a thriving industry demands an educated
market,” says Terry Chandler, president of the DCA. “DCA has created the
new member category in response to numerous inquiries from
consumers and industry professionals over the past several years for
access to DCA’s accredited courses.” The Diamond Council of America’s
accredited courses have, up to now, only been available to employees of
DCA executive or associate member companies. The new member category
opens DCA’s program to a broad audience with a variety of interests.
added, “We take the responsibility of diamond education very seriously
and have created this new member category to provide an unparalleled
opportunity, for all who seek it, to join DCA and enroll in our DETC
(Distance Education and Training Council) accredited courses.” Dues for
DCA individual members are $35 annually. DCA individual membership
applications are available online at www.diamondcouncil.org.
new DCA Diamond Studies Course has been developed specifically for this
new member category, which potentially includes anyone interested in
diamonds and diamond jewelry - from students, hobbyists, and consumers
to those considering the fine jewelry industry as a career. The new
course covers the 4Cs, diamond jewelry and its care, plus treated,
lab-created, and simulated diamonds. Background on diamond myth and
lore, and how diamonds are formed, found, mined, and cut round out this
“The course’s online format enables
diamond buyers, artisans, collectors and hobbyists to access it at their
convenience and move through the material at their own pace. The
lessons have distinct components that are designed to create a complete
and personalized learning experience,” says Lissa Roussel, Director of
Operations. Progress is tested and coursework graded, culminating in a
final examination and acknowledgement of achievement by DCA. Tuition for
the Diamond Studies Course is $165.00. The Diamond Studies Course is
now available at www.diamondcouncil.org.
Diamond Council of America (DCA) was founded in 1944 to educate jewelry
sales professionals about diamonds and gems and is accredited by the
Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council
(DETC). Operating as a not-for-profit organization, DCA provides
professional jewelers an opportunity to earn certifications in diamonds
and colored gemstones through distance education, and gives salespeople
the knowledge and training necessary to make them successful. DCA
represents more than 5,200 jewelry stores and leading suppliers of
diamonds and gems across the country.