Manufacturing Jewellers Certification System

MJCS

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The NEW! Manufacturing Jewellers Certification System (MJCS) has been designed to recognise your hard work and dedication! Certification demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards and continued learning. This recognition can help boost your professional credibility and prestige within your own network, with your current clients and when pursuing business opportunities or quoting on projects.

The MJCS details the requirements outlined by the Australian Master Jewellers Association (AMJA) for granting professional recognition to jewellery industry professionals - By Industry, For Industry!

A panel of industry professionals (considered experts in their field) assists the AMJA from time to time with the delivery of the MJCS to individuals seeking recognition.

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Panel and Accreditation

The panel consists of key persons from MINRES Training Institute and Industry Representatives.

Our panel of content experts may accredit an individuals as:

  1. Certified Master Jeweller (CMSJ); or
  2. Certified Manufacturing Jeweller (CMNJ); or
  3. Student Manufacturing Jeweller (SMNJ)

A business may also be accredited as:

  1. Certified Jewellery Supplier (CJS); or
  2. Certified Jewellery Retailer (CJR)

The Certification System is Designed to

  • Set minimum standards for ongoing professional development for each grade of certification
  • Requirements for ongoing professional development for the achievement and maintenance of the certified status
  • Requirements for continuing professional development in relevant topic areas of practice in the industry for the maintenance of the certified status
  • Professional ethical standards to be adhered to by the Certified Practising Master and Manufacturing Jewellers

Our content experts are responsible for developing and administering the national certification system, designed to recognise the professional status of jewellers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

To maintain certified status, recognised persons are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of professional development and training during each three year period.

The Certification System Includes

  • Requirement for ongoing professional development of 60 hours per year
  • Clearly defined professional development activities and guidelines on what is not acceptable
  • Providing a detailed annual schedule of AMJA professional development activities so any jeweller or tradesperson can identify and engage in an appropriate activity
  • Provides more detailed guidance on suggested learning area and types of activities, which may be claimed

Professional Development

Certified Jewellers will be encouraged to undertake professional development activities in a range of topic areas relevant to the industry and their individual job roles. It is recommended that learning is undertaken in the topic areas listed below:

  • Setting
  • Engraving
  • Gemmology
  • Innovation
  • Technical Skills

Topic areas may change from time to time to reflect current trends, issues or innovation in the industry.

AMJA Education Events

There will be increased rigour on the allocation of time recognised for associated AMJA education events and improved annual planning on what education is delivered.

  • Members of a recognised organisation, association or committee may claim a maximum of 2 hours for participation (counted as "leadership and management")
  • For attendance at the Jewellery Industry Summit, only the time that the speaker presents may be claimed
  • An AMJA member who is subscribed to Jeweller Magazine may claim a maximum of 1 hour for reading (counted as "technical skills")
  • For attendance at an annual fair, summit or other nominated group events, only the time engaged in education activity may be claimed, not the entire duration of the function

To Obtain MJCS Status

  • The candidate must be a member of the Australian Master Jewellers Association
  • Have paid the annual MJCS subscription fee
  • The candidate must have the right to undertake their stated duties as a jeweller in their workplace
  • Professional development activities must be recorded in the official AMJA logbook and evidence retained to support the hours claimed
  • Submit logbooks as per the AMJA timeline in the approved format - paper-based (hard copy) or online via a secure portal

To support this structure, an MJCS logbook has been designed to capture and track progress for professional development hours under the MJCS framework.

Under the framework, learning may be formal, informal or non-formal, with detailed information provided about specific types of acceptable learning activities, minimum and maximum hours for each competence area, learning type and activity are outlined in the framework. A logbook record must be kept for audit purposes and may be reviewed when a certificate of competence is renewed.

The AMJA has developed a simple logbook that can track hours aligned to each category in a real-time digital format.