(NEW YORK) – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is offering its renowned Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at the JCK Show. In 2015, the number of jewelry professionals who completed JA Professional Certification increased 100% over 2014. As participation grows, so too does consumer and trade awareness of the importance of becoming certified. Benefits of JA Professional Certification include career advancement, differentiating the retail store from competitors and enhancing fine jewelry customers’ trust in the jewelry professional. Certifications are open to all jewelry professionals with no studying required as the exams validate existing skills and knowledge.
“All jewelry sales associates and managers attending the shows in Las Vegas should strongly consider taking the time to certify their expertise with JA’s exams,” says JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. “By conducting certification at the shows, we are making it simple for jewelers to achieve this important designation and inspire greater trust from today’s customers.”
The Jewelers of America Professional Certification program establishes national standards with two-hour exams that evaluate the proficiency of jewelry professionals at two levels. Those who register in advance to any of the exams listed below save $10 off the exam fee of $55 for JA Members and $75 for non-members. Register at http://www.jewelers.org/ja/events-news/jewelry-industry-events-calendar/546-ja-professional-certification-exams-jck-las-vegas.
EXAMS OFFERED ONSITE
JA Certified Sales Professional (CSP) – First Level
JA Certified Senior Sales Professional (CSSP) – Second Level
JA Certified Management Professional (CMP) – First Level
JA Certified Senior Management Professional (CSMP) – Second Level
Those not able to attend the on-site certification exams can take the exams at any time and at a location convenient to them by registering for a proctored exam.
Jewelers of America led an industry task force, including representatives from all types of retail jewelry stores nationwide, to establish the Jewelers of America Professional Certification program in the late 1990s with the goal of raising the level of professionalism throughout the jewelry industry. Jewelry professionals who successfully complete the nationally recognized certification program receive acknowledgment from Jewelers of America that enhances their standing among colleagues and consumers.
The Jewelers of America Professional Certification program also offers certification for bench professionals in four levels of expertise. For more information on the Jewelers of America Professional Certification program, please visit http://www.jewelers.org/ja/careers-education/certification or contact Jewelers of America’s Membership Representative Dahlia Fyffe at 800-223-0673 extension 8007.