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    Co-Founder: Cortez Pearls Senior Guide Member CortezPearls's Avatar
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    Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico


    Quote Originally Posted by jshepherd View Post
    I am so glad to hear! We just broke 5000 on the number of enrolled in the English version this week. We have some big changes coming with the CPAA in the next couple of months - Jennifer Heebner, who I know most of you are familiar with, with be taking the reigns as Executive Director in January. These are exciting (pearl) times!

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl Expert Purranha's Avatar
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    Sep 2015
    New York, NY


    Wwooohooooo!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!

  3. #213
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    Sydney Australia


    I really enjoyed doing the course and looking forward to anything that might be added to it in the future. Thanks again.

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    Just took the exam this morning and passed. I am so excited and plan to celebrate. Thank you for this great course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshepherd View Post
    I know many of you have already seen the project we have been working on for the past year. We announced it last week at the Ruckus in Beverly Hills. This is more of a formal introduction to the full community.

    Recently I’ve gotten involved with the CPAA, first as chairman of their marketing community and I am now treasurer of the organization.

    Last year I presented an idea to the Cultured Pearl Association of America. Part of the idea was to create a new Pearl Specialist Certification Course and make it available to jewelers and pearl lovers, collectors, wholesalers and retailers around the world. They loved the idea and we’ve since presented it to our benefactors in Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Fiji – all of whom have assisted.

    I enlisted Caitlin’s assistance in the research and writing and Kevin’s assistance in actually creating the website. The beta version is now live at The course is not finished. There is a lot left to edit and add. The tests have not been created yet either. Our goal is to have it finished, or at least very close to finished by the end of the month.

    We could really use everyone’s help. What is missing? What is confusing? Where are the typos? In every lecture there’s a box for comments. The comments won’t display publicly so please don’t hold back.

    We also want to create the quizzes and there are now pages for questions that you think we should include for the specialist certification.

    We want everyone who is an active member of Pearl-Guide to become the first CPAA certified pearl specialists, since it is the knowledge of this community that has created the course.

    ALSO! I mentioned earlier this year we would be giving away another trip to a pearl farm! Our friends at Atlas Pearl have graciously offered to host a member of our community in Bali, Indonesia. Kevin and I are sponsoring the flights and Atlas will take the reins in Indonesia.

    We would like to hold the drawing this Christmas. The way to enter is going to be simple. To enter, one must be a member of with at least 50 posts AND be a new certified pearl specialist.

    We are sending someone to Bali!
    So when can we take the course and become certified? Do we get a crtificate?

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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    Sep 2007


    The course is available now and you will be certified when you pass the tests.

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