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Courses & Programs 

The Australian Opal Centre is developing a series of courses on opal- and fossil-related subjects.

Our popular Fundamentals of Opal Carving course is in its third year and registrations are open now for 2018. 

In May 2019 we will offer our exciting Opal Practical Studies series for the first time, allowing you to discover the world of opal, Australia’s kaleidoscopic national gemstone, at Lightning Ridge, NSW.

The Australian Opal Centre and the Gemmological Association of Australia will invite you to learn about Australian opal through expert tuition and hands-on discovery, right here on the opal fields.

This exciting new series of programs will address opal geology and gemmology, opal mining and processing, opal classification, grading and valuation, opalised fossils, opal cutting and carving, and the natural and cultural heritage of the fields.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in opal, gemstones, gemmology, gemstone cutting or carving, whether for professional development or personal interest.

Numbers for the Opal Practical Studies course are strictly limited, so please contact us now and ask to be sent course information and a registration form as soon as they are released.

Have questions about our courses? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.