Professional Bench: Education
Jewelers of America, Stuller Offer Scholarships
Funding set aside for bench certification training
Jewelers of America® and Stuller have teamed up to underwrite JA Bench Jeweler Certification scholarships for 2001-2002. Stuller, based in Louisiana, is one of the worlds largest jewelry suppliers.
Jewelers who sign up for any level in JAs bench certification program by Oct. 31 this year and complete the work by Oct. 31, 2002, may seek a scholarship reimbursing them for 25% of their testing fees.s. The scholarship is for new enrollees only, it cannot be combined with any previous scholarships and all test fees must be paid in full upon enrollment.
JA created the Bench Jeweler certification program as a standardized method of gauging the skill of bench jewelers. JA certification is not a course; it is an examination process that assesses the skills inventory of jewelry professionals.
The program allows bench jewelers to attain certification with one of four designations:
- JA Certified Bench Jeweler Technician.
- JA Certified Bench Jeweler.
- JA Certified Senior Bench Jeweler.
- JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler.
Each level requires a written test and a practical bench test.
The Bench Jeweler Certification Program is open to all bench jewelers in the industry. JA provides a program guide describing the subject matter in each certification level, pricing, grading procedure and other information. For more information about the scholarship program or to receive the JA Bench Jeweler Certification Program Guide at no charge, call JA Manager Nancy Sardella at (800) 223-0673.