JA bench professional certificationJewelers of America developed the Bench Professional Certification program in 1997 to validate and promote the status and expertise of jewelry arts professionals. The nationally-recognized certification ensures consumers are confident in the ability of the certified bench jeweler to perform quality work. The program has recently been modernized to better reflect the standards of knowledge and tools required of a 21st-century bench jeweler.

Four Levels of Certification to Reflect Your Experience
You may go directly to the level that best represents your current level of skill and ability.

  1. JA Certified Bench Jeweler Technician (CBJT)
    Practical, hands-on bench tests at this level reflect skills and knowledge generally expected of a trained entry-level bench jeweler generalist performing jewelry repair with about one year’s experience.
  2. JA Certified Bench Jeweler (CBJ)
    The practical bench tests at this level reflect skills and knowledge generally expected of a bench jew¬eler generalist performing most jewelry repairs with two or more years of experience.
  3. JA Certified Senior Bench Jeweler (CSBJ)
    The practical bench tests at this level reflect moderate to advanced skills and knowledge. The candidate for this level must show mastery of both first and second level skills and proficiency in some additional areas.
  4. JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler (CMBJ)
    The highest level of JA Bench Professional Certification. For the hands-on practical bench test, candidates at this level must demonstrate mastery at all skill levels.

Simple Certification Process, Customized to Your Schedule
When you enroll in the program, you simply have to take and pass a written test and a series of practical tests to become certified. All testing can be done right at your own bench, and you create your own schedule for testing.

  • An “open book” written test allows for the use of reference materials, books, trade publications, or online references. Questions are based on information common to most jewelers.
  • Practical bench tests require the candidate to perform a variety of tasks to set national standards. The practical bench tests may be taken at your own bench using your own tools and equipment or a location of choice, such as a testing center.
  • You will receive certification when you have passed both the practical and written test components and have paid all applicable fees in full.


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Fees, a detailed test guide, and proctor information are available in the Bench Professional Certification Guide.