Jewelers of America Offers Onsite Certification Exams at Upcoming Tradeshows

The JA Sales and Management Professional Certification exams are open to all jewelry professionals

April 15, 2015, New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, will be offering JA Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at four upcoming trade shows. The prestigious certifications – open to all jewelry professionals – can advance the careers of jewelry sales associates and managers, differentiate the retail store from competitors and enhance fine jewelry customers’ trust in the jewelry professional.

“In today’s competitive landscape, we are striving to make it easier for jewelers to get the valuable tools they need to gain consumer confidence and keep the jewelry industry vibrant and healthy,” says JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. “I strongly encourage retailers to get their staff certified. The benefits from Jewelers of America Professional Certification will far exceed the minimal amount of time and small monetary commitment put into the exam.”

The Jewelers of America Professional Certification program establishes national standards with two-hour exams that evaluate the proficiency of jewelry professionals at two levels. There is no studying required for the exams in both jewelry sales and management – the certification attests to the existing expertise of the sales or management professional. Those who register in advance to any of the exams listed below save $10 off the exam fee of $35 for JA Members and $55 for non-members. Register at www.jewelers.org/benefits/education/certification/jewelry-certification-exams.php.

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

UPCOMING EXAM SESSIONS

SMART SHOW CHICAGO
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Friday, April 17; 10AM - 12PM
Friday, April 17; 2:30 - 4:30PM

OKLAHOMA JEWELERS CONVENTION
Embassy Suites Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK
Sunday, April 19; Time 1:30 - 3:30PM

JCK SHOW
Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, May 28; 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday, May 28; 2:00 - 4:00PM
Friday, May 29; 10:00AM - 12:00PM

JA NEW YORK SUMMER SHOW
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY
Sunday, July 26; 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sunday, July 26; 2:00 - 4:00PM

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 https://www.jewelers.org/benefits/education/certification/ or contact Jewelers of America at 800-223-0673 extensions 8007.

Contact:
Amanda Gizzi
Jewelers of America
agizzi@jewelers.org
(646) 658-5811

About Jewelers of America:
Jewelers of America (JA) is the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, with the primary purpose of improving consumer confidence in the jewelry industry. Visit www.jewelers.org for more information.