Turn your passion for creating beautiful jewellery into a rewarding career by studying the Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture – a nationally accredited course – at Melbourne Polytechnic's Jewellery Centre, a professional jewellery school where skilled teachers who are industry recognised specialists pass on their expertise and knowledge
Develop your passion as a creative jewellery maker
The Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture is offered as an apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship course and is conducted using competency-based training and curriculum.
As a non-apprentice, this program provides an intense highly skilled level of jewellery training without the need to sign up as an apprentice. It ensures that jewellers who are job ready are available for employers to sign up for bench work within a very short space of time.
Skills and study areas include
- Introduction to jewellery making
- Ring Manufacture
- Manufacture chain and chenier
- Casting Applications
- Hollow ring construction
- Rubbed settings
- Repairs and Gemmology
- Pearl clasp
- Computer-aided design (CAD)
- Hinged bracelet
- Surface embellishment techniques
- Advanced ring techniques
- Coronet and claw settings
- Stone setting
- Ring remodelling
- Workplace health and safety (WHS)
Industry connections and resources
At Melbourne Polytechnic’s Jewellery Centre you will study in a professional jewellery school. Skilled teachers who are leaders in their field will pass on their knowledge in the traditions of jewellery and goldsmithing.
Melbourne Polytechnic features renowned studios offering the latest superb equipment. It enjoys an excellent reputation within the jewellery-making industry.
The college is affiliated with the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia and the Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA). The JAA has information on its website explaining the process of how to get an apprenticeship.
The manufacture of jewellery in platinum, gold and silver is an important industry throughout Australia. Skilled workers in small businesses and larger enterprises perform jewellery production. A number of apprentices are employed each year.
You will be assessed on your drawing exercises, report/projects, production of samples, satisfactory finishing of hand skills projects, and formal tests as required.
You will be assessed on completion of the competencies set by Melbourne Polytechnic and reflected in your training plan.
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm. Non-apprentice unindentured program
Block release apprentice program
Modes of DeliveryStudio Based, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
- Basic reading, writing, mathematics
- Some ability in manipulating small-scale tools an advantage
- Apprentice program - you must be apprenticed in the trade of jewellery making
- Contact Melbourne Polytechnic (Visual Arts) for information on non-apprenticeship program
Assessment MethodsSatisfactory completion of the competencies set by Melbourne Polytechnic and reflected in the student's training plan. Assessment methods include drawing exercises, report/projects, production of samples, satisfactory finishing of hand skills projects, and formal tests as required. To qualify for assessment, you must ensure all course fees and levies are paid in full
MaterialsWe will supply class notes and non-precious materials for general work.
You are required to have and maintain your own basic hand tools and bring them to practical classes. You are encouraged to work in silver for some of the test articles. If you choose to work in precious metals you need to provide these yourself.
Pathways to further studyYou may extend your qualifications by undertaking further study in the areas of gemmology, diamond technology and jewellery valuation. This course offers graduates a pathway into the Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design courses at Melbourne Polytechnic
Career PathwaysYou will be qualified to work in the manufacture of jewellery in platinum, gold and silver - important industries in Australia. You may go on to work in a range of jewellery related professions including jewellery manufacture, 3D designing/printing, diamond and gemstone setting, watchmaking, gemmology, polishing and plating, valuing et al*. *Note: some of these professions will require further study
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|MEM05006C||PERFORM BRAZING AND/OR SILVER SOLDERING||20|
|MEM06007B||PERFORM BASIC INCIDENTAL HEAT/QUENCHING, TEMPERING AND ANNEALING||20|
|MEM08010B||MANUALLY FINISH/POLISH MATERIALS||60|
|MEM09002B||INTERPRET TECHNICAL DRAWING||40|
|MEM12023A||PERFORM ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS||30|
|MEM13003B||WORK SAFELY WITH INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS||20|
|MEM13004B||WORK SAFELY WITH MOLTEN METALS/GLASS||20|
|MEM13014A||APPLY PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT||10|
|MEM14004A||PLAN TO UNDERTAKE A ROUTINE TASK||10|
|MEM14005A||PLAN A COMPLETE ACTIVITY||20|
|MEM15002A||APPLY QUALITY SYSTEMS||20|
|MEM15024A||APPLY QUALITY PROCEDURES||10|
|MEM16006A||ORGANISE AND COMMUNICATE INFORMATION||20|
|MEM16007A||WORK WITH OTHERS IN A MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING OR RELATED ENVIRONMENT||10|
|MEM16008A||INTERACT WITH COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY||20|
|MEM17003A||ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF ON THE JOB TRAINING||20|
|MEM18001C||USE HAND TOOLS||20|
|MEM18002B||USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS||20|
|MEM18003C||USE TOOLS FOR PRECISION WORK||40|
|MEM19001B||PERFORM JEWELLERY METAL CASTING||60|
|MEM19002B||PREPARE JEWELLERY ILLUSTRATIONS||40|
|MEM19003B||HANDLE GEM MATERIALS||20|
|MEM19005B||PRODUCE THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRECISION ITEMS||80|
|MEM19007B||PERFORM GEMSTONE SETTINGS||60|
|MEM19012B||PRODUCE JEWELLERY WAX MODEL||40|
|MEM19013B||PRODUCE JEWELLERY METAL MASTERS||40|
|MEM19014B||PERFORM HAND ENGRAVING||40|
|MEM19016B||CONSTRUCT JEWELLERY COMPONENTS||40|
|MEM19017B||FABRICATE JEWELLERY ITEMS||60|
|MEM19018B||REPAIR JEWELLERY ITEMS||60|
|MEM19024A||USE CAD TO CREATE AND DISPLAY 3D JEWELLERY AND OBJECT MODELS||40|
|MSAENV272B||PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES||30|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.