Rough Evaluation of Diamond Gemstones


This skills programme is aimed at persons who work or intend to work within the diamond processing industry and who seek recognition for rough evaluation skills in the diamond processing industry. This programme will give candidates the ability to understand how to determine the potential value of polished diamonds from rough gemstones. This programme is the platform for obtaining credits towards the qualifications in Diamond Processing (NQF L4, 5) and Diamond Design and Evaluation (NQF L4, 5, 6).

Full time: 17 weeks. Monday to Friday 8:00 – 15:00 with a tea time break from 10:00 – 10:15
and a lunch time break from 13:00 – 13:30.

Course Fees:
R16,500-00 inclusive of VAT.

  • Please note that only a limited number of candidates can be accommodated.
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is payable into the Academy’s bank account to
  • secure your place, please complete the application form for a reference number.
  • The balance of the amount is payable before or on the day training commences.
  • Fees are not refundable.

Course Outcomes:

  • ALL the outcomes of the 10 day Rough Evaluation skills course plus:
  • Clarity grade rough diamond gemstones
  • Calculate basic weight yield for rough diamond gemstones
  • Evaluate diamonds against recognised price lists
  • Sort rough diamonds by colour, weight and shape
  • Stress test rough diamonds
  • Test rough diamonds for fluorescence
  • Determine whether to saw, laser cut or make rough diamonds.

Entry Requirements:
Introduction to the diamond industry skills course or previous competency in the history, structure and operations in the diamond industry or a Gr. 12 certificate with Mathematics are the minimum requirements for this course. Proficiency in English is of importance as all courses are delivered in English.

Dates of Rough Evaluation course for 2013:
Start date Monday 18th February
End date  Friday 17th May

Please note that the above courses will take place only if a minimum of 10 candidates
register for each particular course.

No exam will be written but continuous assessments will be conducted. Candidates will receive a certificate of attendance from KIDJA as well as a certificate from the Mining Qualifications Authority. Candidates will be registered on the MQA I-SHARE system and credited with each successful Unit Standard (module) they complete successfully.

Registration for this course opens on the 9th of January 2013. Early application is advisable as
we have limited space per course. Application forms can be obtained from the Academy.

Equipment and course material:
All equipment, learning material and consumables as well as diamonds will be supplied by
KIDJA but will remain the property of the Academy.

Code of conduct:
The code of conduct of the Academy must be followed at all times. Any deviation to the code of conduct and security policy and procedure will result in the candidate being expelled without a refund of course fees paid. Each candidate will receive a student card which must be worn for security purposes. No candidate will be allowed on campus without it.

Accommodation and transport:
Limited accommodation at a local school hostel is available but will be for the candidate’s cost. Candidates outside Kimberley can contact us to assist in securing accommodation but it will be for the candidate’s own cost. Transport will be for the cost of the candidate.

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