NAJ News

Popular practical valuation course to run in June

25 May 2021


The first Practical Valuation Techniques Tutorial course of 2021 will take place next month in Birmingham, with an October date also published.

The first Practical Valuation Techniques Tutorial course of 2021 will be held from the 22nd -24th June in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter at the National Association of Jeweller’s offices.

Over three days the course will not only give attendees essential practical valuation techniques but also prepare individuals to take this knowledge forward towards becoming an Institute Registered Valuer.

When? 22nd – 24th June

Where? Federation House, Birmingham

Fees £785+ VAT for members

CAT students - £699+VAT 

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Marie Garnett, Head of Education at the NAJ said,

We always get excellent feedback on this course. Why? Because it’s practical so ‘hands on’, intimate as we limit attendee numbers and also productive. Many attendees go on to apply the new techniques and practices straightaway and a large proportion pursue further recognition through the Institute of Registered Valuers.


What’s included?

As part of the course, attendees will receive a folder containing information that they have learnt over the three days, as well as useful reference documents that can go towards building your own comprehensive valuation portfolio.

All relevant covid guidelines will also be in place.  

A shortened view of the programme is:

Day 1:

  • Descriptive writing
  • Writing valuations
  • Valuation processes
  • Cleaning, weighing and identification
  • Tools and equipment

Day 2:

  • Practical tips and methods
  • Diamond assessment and grading
  • Workshop charges and prices
  • Hallmarks, marks and metal testing


Day 3:

  • Gemstone and pearl assessment and grading
  • Treatments and enhancements
  • Quality assessment grading
  • Sourcing pricing information and data
  • One to one time with tutor for feedback, working notes and methodologies.


The Association has also announced that a second course will run on the 12th and 14th of October, again at its Birmingham office in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.


Apply for funding?

Interested parties can apply for funding to attend the course through the Benevolent Society and NAJ Education Trust. Both charities aim to provide financial support for people to further their career, which includes funding for JET programmes and courses such as the Practical Valuation Techniques Tutorial.

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Source: The National Association of Jewellers