The IGS claims to offer their bogus "Certified Professional Gemologist" program for $400.00, but when the new student gets to the program they have to also sign up for the IGS "Pro Membership" for $192.00 per year, and then tell you that you can take as long as you like to complete the program. But that is not all, they also have hidden fees for written exams, practical exams and other costs the student is not informed about in the beginning, only after you start.
These hidden fees and costs are a surprise to most students. The total cost of this useless diploma may be presented as $400.00 in the beginning, but before you are done you will incur costs of well over $1,000.00, plus the continued annual membership cost.
A classic bait and switch scam from people who don't even have gemology credentials, offering a gemology diploma that no one in the industry recognizes.
There must be a reason why the IGS wants nothing to do with the Better Business Bureau. Search the IGS with the BBB and see what you find!
We urge you to carefully consider your decision before you spend your time and money with the fake gemology program of the International Gem Society.
We are the Gobsmacked Gang, those who cannot believe the things that spring from the mouth of the International Gem Society's Don Clark, another Mr. Bean of the gemmological world.